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Sergey Karjakin vs Nigel Short
Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) (rapid), Kiev UKR, rd 3, May-04
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0



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Jul-04-08  DeltaHawk: Nigel overlooks the power of Karjakin's double edged sword of a queen and rook.
Jul-04-08  Augalv: Karjakin Sergey - Short Nigel, Rapid Match, 3rd Game.

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 c6 6.O-O Bxf3 7.Bxf3 dxe5 8.dxe5 e6 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.Re1 h6

10..Qc7 or 10..Be7 is usual stuff.

11.a4 a5 12.g3 Qc7 13.Nc4 N7b6

13..Be7 with castle is also doing fine.

14.Qd4 Nxc4

14..Be7? would be bad slip, 15.Nd6+ is strong.

15.Qxc4 Rd8 16. c3 Nb6

Black is facing slight problem with castling since development of his Bishop will be answered with Qg4.Short is trying to pressure e5 pawn since 16..Be7 17.Qg4 g6 18.h4 is giving some advantage to White.

17.Qe4 Nd7

Again 17..Be7 18.Qg4.

18.b4 Be7 19.Rb1 h5?!

19..O-O and Black is doing good.


20.h4 is interesting, gaining contol over dark Kingside squares.20..g6 21.Bf4!? ( 21.Bg5!?)


20..h4 is also possible.

21.bxa5 Ra8 22.Qb2

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Serious error, 22..Nc5 is giving equal play, 23.Qb6 ( 23.Rd1 Rxa5 24.Be3 is not giving much to White ) 23..Qxb6 24.Rxb6 Rxa5 25.Bxc6+ bxc6 26.Rb8+ Bd8 27.Rd1 O-O 28.Bh6 Re8 29.Rbxd8 Rxd8 30.Rxd8+ Kh7 31.Bg5 Ne4.A bit long and forced line, chances are equal.


Now is the problem how to answer.If 23..bxa6 then a-file is closed and c6 pawn is permanent target.If..



Is keeping a6 pawn.Black is falling apart.

24..O-O 25.Be3 Rb8 26.a5 Bc5

26..bxa5 27.Bxa7 Rxb2 28.Rxb2 is winning.

27.Bxc5 bxc5 28.Qd2 Qxe5 29.Rxb8+ Qxb8 30.Rd1 Qc7 31.Qd6

Simple, offering exchange of Queens.


Black must decline the offer.

32.Qxc6 Nf6 33.Qc8+ Kg7 34.Qb8 Re7

34..Rxa6 35.Bxa6 Qxa6 36.Qe5 with nasty pin.No escape for Black.

35.Rb1 ( diagram )

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35.Qe5 is also winning.


If 35..Rd7 36.Rb7 Qa2 37.Rxd7 Nxd7 38.Qb7 Qxe2 39.a7! is winning.

36.Rb7 Qxc3 37.a7 Rxb7 38.Qxb7 Qe1+ 1-0

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

Jul-04-08  apexin: good notes.
Jul-05-08  Atking: Thanks <Augalv> to have posted Karjakin'analysis. I'm thinking about 18...g6 19.Bg2 Bg7 20.f4 h5 21.h4 Nb6!? as 22.bxa Nd5 23.c4 Ne7 24.Ba3 Nf5 is not without interest. I agree that in this line from 21.h4 to 24.Ba3 White moves naively. One could improve. But in all the idea seems interesting.

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