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Nigel Short vs Sergey Karjakin
Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) (rapid), Kiev UKR, rd 8, Jun-06
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32)  ·  1-0



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Jul-06-08  Augalv: Commentary at
Jul-07-08  ajile: I thought the Falkbeer equalized rather easily against the King's Gambit. Black must have missed something here in the opening.

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Jul-07-08  dumbgai: It's nice to see Short fighting back even after Karjakin clinched the match in game 7. I'm not a fan of Short but it is good to see a King's Gambit from time to time.
Jul-07-08  Ulhumbrus: 68 Bf7 may be a part of the technique of this ending. Black's B can't watch both c5 and g5, while Black's King can't both move and keep access to c5 in order to watch b5 from it.

76 c5 may also be a part of the technique of this ending: Black's B can't watch both c5 and the g7 square

On 94 Kb5 the black King can't keep both pawns back, while Black's B can't both defend the a pawn and provide some relief to the black King

All this suggests two things about the technique of this ending.

1. When Black's B can't watch both passed pawns at once, Black's King can't both keep White's King back and provide some relief to the Black bishop

2. When Black's King can't keep both pawns back, Black's bishop can't both defend a pawn against White's King and provide some relief to the Black King.

Jul-10-08  jovack: nice win for short, he definitely had to earn this one (relative to other matches)
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  Breunor: Can Black win with 39 Rf6. ? Black's queen does not really have a good escape square, and if 40 Bxe6, black follows up with Bg1, sealing white's fate. 40 Qxe6, fxe6 leads to what seems an easy endgame for black. Is there something wrong with my analysis, or did Karjakin just miss it?

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