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Sergey Karjakin vs Michael Adams
"Obstacle Corus" (game of the day Feb-02-2009)
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-31
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-09  OneArmedScissor: Oh wow... awesome game.
Jan-31-09  Augalv: There's commentary on this awesome game at:

Feb-01-09  shintaro go: Good job Sergey
Feb-01-09  shintaro go: "Wiped the Flohr"
Feb-02-09  Comejen: Genial !!
Feb-02-09  vaskokibika: What's wrong with 32.Qxc6 ?
Feb-02-09  ray564k: I think 32 Qxc6 would be replied to with Rb1+. Which wins the queen for a rook and a knight.

Feb-02-09  UnsoundHero: 32 Qxc6 also wins: 32...Rb1+ 33 Rxb1 Bxc6 34 Rb8 Be8 35 Bd6 Qh6 36 Rxe8+ Kg7 37 Bf8+. Or 32...Ra7 33 Qf6.
Feb-02-09  officeplayer: You have right, <vaskokibika> Karjakin missed an even easier win with 32.Qxc6! Rb1+ 33.Rxb1 Bxc6 34.Rb8 and black must give the queen back(34. ... Qxb8, which leaves white a minor piece ahead), because if he tries 34. ... Be8 then 35.Bd6 is fatal for black [since 35. ... Qh6?? is mate in 6: 36.Rxe8+ Kg7 39.Bf8+ Kf6 40.Bxh6 g5 41.g4 d4 42.f4(h4) gxf4(h4)(only move) 43.g5#]
Feb-02-09  UnsoundHero: In a lesser game, black should throw in 35...Qxc5 instead of resigning. White can then win only with 36 Bh6 making black's back rank fatally weak. If then 36...Qe7 37 Bxc6 wraps up the point.
Feb-02-09  ricardolopez: Hi! I don't understand the strategy of B. Why 15..., Nxb4 is not possible? Because the move that Adams has chosen allows the W pawn avalanche in Q side and lead to the lose of B pair.
Feb-02-09  Karpova: <ricardolopez>

15...Nxb4 is possible and was played in Motylev vs Pavasovic, 2007 - 15...exd4 was Adams' theoretical novelty.

Feb-02-09  JohnBoy: It seems to me that 26...Ne2+ would have been better than black's trading of the rooks. After giving up the X, how does white press further?
Feb-02-09  Karpova: <JohnBoy>
26...Ne2+ 27.Rxe2 Rxe2 28.Bd3 Re8 29.b6 [see diagram]

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Might be better for Black than the continuation in the actual game but it does look very uncomfortable for Black if White delays regaining the exchange, e. g. after 29...cxb6 30.cxb6 - Black's pieces are almost paralyzed with the strong passed b-pawn and the white Bishop Pair.

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  kevin86: I nice game to start off a week-I just pray that I don't see this game tomorrow as the GOTC after all,it's Groundhog Day. I just pray that I don't see this game...etc.
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  Eyal: <26...Ne2+ 27.Rxe2 Rxe2 28.Bd3 Re8 29.b6>

Even stronger for White in this line might be 29.Rc1:

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With the idea of continuing c6, completely paralyzing Black's game (29.c6? immediately fails to 29...Bxc6 30.bxc6 Rxb1+ and Re1+). Black's only way to stop this is 29...c6, and here too White should have a winning advantage after 30.Bxb8 Qxb8 31.b6.

Feb-02-09  WhiteRook48: there were a lot of obstacles in this game
Feb-02-09  faroiden: 32.Qxc6 Ra7..
Feb-02-09  UnsoundHero: 32 Qxc6 Ra7 33 Qf6.
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  patzer2: With 35. Bb5! Karjakin wins by overloading pieces and attacking the Knight. If 35...Qxc5, then 36. Bh6! wins.
Feb-12-09  truefriends: < Karpova: <ricardolopez>

15...Nxb4 is possible and was played in Motylev vs Pavasovic, 2007 - 15...exd4 was Adams' theoretical novelty.>

It looks like these days top OTB-GM's also look at top level CC games:

GM Langeveld, Ron A. H. (2681) -
GM Bang, Erik (2631)
H J Mostert Memorial Team Match

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 Na5 13.Bc2 b4 14.cxb4 Nc6 15.Nb3 exd4 16.Bd2 d5 17.e5 Ne4 18.Nc5 Bxc5 19.bxc5 Qd7 20.b4 Nxe5 21.Nxe5 Rxe5 22.Bf4 Re6 23.f3 Nc3 24.Qd3 g6 25.Rxe6 Qxe6 26.Bxc7 Re8 27.Kh2 Qf6 28.b5 Re2 29.Bg3 Bc8 30.b6 Qe6 31.Kh1 Re3 32.Qxd4 Ne2 33.Qh4 Nxg3+ 34.Qxg3 Kg7 35.Rb1 Rc3 36.Re1 Qf6 37.Qd6 Rxc2 38.Re8 Qa1+ 39.Kh2 Qf1 40.Qe5+ Kh6 41.Qg3 Rc1 42.Qf4+ Kg7 43.Qe5+ Kh6 44.Rg8 Rc2 45.Qg7+ Kg5 46.h4+ Kxh4 47.Qh6#

So 19... Rb8 is the first new move.

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