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Sergey Karjakin vs David Navara
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-28
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-28-09  dumbgai: ...and once again the Rubinstein French fails to hold the draw.
Nov-28-09  kingsindian2006: Nothing like watching a GM up against the wall and having to go all out. Beauty of a game by sergey!
Nov-28-09  Shams: The *French* is Navara's choice to draw?
Nov-28-09  notyetagm: Wow, as Chernev would say, <THE POWERFUL PASSED PAWNS>.
Nov-28-09  notyetagm: Nice combination by Karjakin to promote his wicked monster passers.
Nov-28-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: The powerful passed pawns
Nov-28-09  Appaz: <<Shams> The *French* is Navara's choice to draw?>

My thought too!

Beautiful finish by Karjakin. A nice variation of rook against two pawns. He will have a good, confident feeling going into the tie-breaks.

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  whiteshark: <23...Bg5?> was the wrong plan. Better looks 23.<axb5 24.axb5 Kg8> when the upcoming passed pawn on c6 seems relative easy to blockade.
Nov-29-09  notyetagm: <Appaz: ... <<<Beautiful finish by Karjakin. A nice variation of rook against two pawns.>>> He will have a good, confident feeling going into the tie-breaks.>
Nov-29-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Line-closing: blocking the guard line

Karjakin vs Navara, 2009 40 Nd7-b6 blocks Black b2-rook from protecting b8-promotion sq

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M Roiz vs B Avrukh, 2008 44 .. Nb2-d1 blocks e1-rook from protecting c1-promotion square

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Nov-29-09  notyetagm: CT-3309

Karjakin - Navara
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS
(3.2), 28.11.2009

8- mk 0
7 snpzp-0
6-zPp +0
5zP-tR-sN- 0
4- zp0
3 +P0
2r tr P+0
1 tR- mK-0}

Or 36.¦1c2!
36...¦dxc2 37.¦xc2 ¦xc2 38.b7
38.a6 wins as well
38...¦b2 39.¤d7+ ¢e8 40.¤b6 1–0

Nov-30-09  notyetagm:

<Here everyone can find the solution.

36.R5c2! Rdxc2 37.Rxc2 Rxc2 38.b7 Rb2 39.Nd7+ Ke8 40.Nb6!

<<<The decisive interposition.>>> Black resigns. Karjakin ties the score in the match. >

Nov-30-09  Stanley Yee: I wonder how long Navara took to play 32...Rxf2, as I would have taken the Rook 33.Kxf2 Qd4+ 34.Kf1 Nf5 35.R5c3 Ng3+ 36.Rxg3 hxg3 37.Rc2 Qf4+ 38.Nf3 (if 38.Kg1 Qf2+) 38...e4 is material even, but White has lost the initiative. I can't believe 36.R5c2!! offering a Rook back. I don't think there is anything wrong with the Rubinstein, but ...c5 does allow the White pawn roller, compared to the Caro-Kann formation with the pawn on c6.
Dec-02-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Interference/line,closing-square tactics

Karjakin vs Navara, 2009 39 Ne5-d7+ forks both the Black f8-king, b6-line,closing square

Dec-08-09  Augalv: Commentary at:
Jul-15-14  Xeroxx: great game.
Aug-11-14  posoo: da French defense is NOT a good choice.
Jun-14-15  Conrad93: < da French defense is NOT a good choice.>

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