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Sergey Karjakin vs Nigel Short
Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) (rapid), Kiev UKR, rd 1, May-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-08  lopium: The threat is 38 g4#.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Why was 36. ... Nxg8 not played by Short? (It certainly could not have been worse than 36. ... Kh5?, allowing an immediate win with 37. Qxf6! as played by Karjakin.)
Jul-03-08  shr0pshire: <Peligroso Patzer> It was probably time trouble because :

Nxg8 Qxg8+ Kf5 Qf8+ Kg4 Qg8+ Kh5 Qe8+ Kg4 Qg8+

And the position is even.

Jul-04-08  braimondi: Shorted noobed here lol
Jul-04-08  piteira8: Black was lost by move 36. He either drops the rook at a6 after a Qb7+ (if the black King goes to e4 following Qf7+) or has to give up its queen for a Knight at g5 if its King goes to g4 after white plays Qg6+. Thus, 36. Rg8+ Nxg8
37. Qxg8+ Kf5
38. Qxh7+ Kg4 (if 38. ... Ke4, then Qb7+) 39. Qg6+
At this point, any patzer should resign. Mr. Short is not a patzer. Ergo, he resigned earlier as if to prove that he had seen the end.

Jul-04-08  grasser: <piteira8> 38.Qxh7+ Kf6 and Black is the exchange up.

18...d4 would create a passed pawn.

Jul-04-08  Aware: destined to become a puzzle
Jul-05-08  Augalv: Analysis of this game on the blog about Karjakin:
Jul-05-08  Begoner: After 36. Rg8+ Nxg8, White would have at best a perpetual check after 37. Qxg8+ Kh5 38. Qe8+ Kg4 39. Qg8+ Kh5 and so on.
Jul-06-08  notyetagm: Karjakin vs Short, 2008

White to play: 37 ?

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Here Karjakin (White) sees that he can -ALMOST- play the standard mating pattern g2-g4# against the Black h5-king <TRAPPED> and <STALEMATED> on the edge of the board.

Both the Black f6-knight and Black f4-queen currently meet this threat to the g4-square by <DEFENDING> it. That is, if both the Black f6-knight and Black f4-queen were magically removed from the board, then White could immediately win with g2-g4#.

Unfortunately the Black f4-queen also has to meet the threat to the Black f6-knight/f6-square of ♕h8x♘f6. So Karjakin (White) strikes with the excellent tactical blow 37 ♕h8x♘f6!,

Position after 37 ♕h8x♘f6! <remove the guard> 1-0

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the tactical point being that after 37 ... ♕f4x♕f6 the Black f6-knight defender of the g4-mating square has been <DESTROYED> by the <REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> 37 ♕h8x♘f6! while the Black f4-queen defender of the g4-mating square has been <DEFLECTED> by the <RECAPTURE> 37 ... ♕f4x♕f6, allowing White to now play the <SNAP MATE> 38 g2-g4#.

(VAR) Position after 37 ... ♕f4x♕f6 <deflection from g4> 38 g2-g4#

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Nov-15-08  rogge: Well done Karjakin.
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: nice attack.
Qxf6 g4# is not a variation, I find, it is a continuation.
Mar-28-09  notyetagm: GM Joel Benjamin:

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