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Nikita Vitiugov vs Sergey Karjakin
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Dec-01-09  messachess: Nice win by Sergey, very creative play.
Dec-01-09  Eyal: 31.Qe4? instead of Qb2 - doesn't seem like such a big mistake at first glance, but everything is falling apart for White after 31...Qc7! With 38.Qc2 Vitiugov could have still put up some resistance in the Queen endgame, though.
Dec-01-09  Ezzy: Vitiugov,Nikita (2694) - Karjakin,Sergey (2723) [E32] World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (4.2), 01.12.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 <In his only other game against Karjakin, Vitiugov played 4 e3. I think this may be the first time Vitiugov has played 4 Qc2. He usually plays 4 e3 >4...0–0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5< 6...b6 is the main line which Karjakin has played before.> 7.e3 b6 8.Nf3 Bb7 9.b3 Nbd7 10.Be2 c5 11.0–0 Rc8 12.a4 dxc4 <This is a novelty I think. 12...Qc7 12...cxd4 12...a5 and 12...Ba6 have been tried. Karjakin has obviously been studying this position because 12..dxc4 is the computers clear first choice.> 13.bxc4 Qc7 14.Bb2 Bxf3 15.gxf3< [15.Bxf3? cxd4 Discovering an attack on the c4 pawn.] >15...cxd4 16.Qxd4 e5 17.Qh4 Rfe8 18.Kh1 Nf8 19.Qh3 a5 20.Rfd1 Rcd8 21.Qf5 Threatening 22 Rxd8 Rxd8 23 Bxe5 21...Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 N8d7 23.c5!? <Giving up a pawn to open a line for his bishop, and keeping black tied to the defence of his 'e' pawn. The sad fact is though - Black won with his extra pawn.> 23...Nxc5 24.Bb5 Re6 25.Kg1< Whites pieces seem to be in their best positions, so it's over to black to see what he wants to do. The fact is that Karjakin has a straightforward plan of trying to create a passed pawn with his queenside pawn majority. .> 25...g6 26.Qc2 Rd6 27.Rc1 <Now white threatens 28 Bxe5 >27...Qe7 28.Ba3 Nfd7 29.Bxd7 Qxd7 30.Bxc5 Rc6< [30...bxc5 31.Qxc5 Rd1+ 32.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 33.Kg2 Qxa4 34.Qxe5 and this seems to be heading for a draw. Karjakin is looking for more.] >31.Qe4?< [31.Qb2 was much better, attacking both b6 and e5 pawns.] >31...Qc7< [31...Rxc5 32.Rxc5 bxc5 33.Qa8+ Kg7 34.Qxa5] >32.f4 Rxc5 33.Rxc5 bxc5 34.fxe5 <[34.Qxe5?? Qxe5 35.fxe5 Kf8 36.Kg2 Ke7 37.Kf3 Ke6 38.Ke4 g5 39.f4 g4 40.f5+ Ke7 Black's 'c' pawn or kingside pawn is going to queen.] >34...c4 35.e6 fxe6 36.Qxe6+ Kg7 37.Qe4 c3 38.Qd4+??< Bad judgement. He only has one more check and then black gets the vital tempo for 40...c2, and then he will soon run out of checks again and the c2 pawn will queen. [38.Qc2 was the only move, and white holds fort until it's time to rebound with a perpetual.] >38...Kg8 39.Qd5+ Kf8 40.Qd4 c2 41.Qh8+ Ke7 42.Qxh7+ Kd8 43.Qg8+ Kd7 44.Qg7+ Kc8 45.Qh8+ Kb7 46.Qb2+ Ka6 47.Qc1 Qc4 0–1

An interesting game where Vitiugov accomplished getting his pieces on the best squares, but then (strangely) didn't seem to have anything else to do. Karjakin then played a patient 'Kramnik' style game and 'nursed' his extra pawn into a passed pawn. This initiative was enough to force errors from his opponent which led to an unstoppable 'c' pawn after white ran out of checks in search of a perpetual.

Karjakin showed us today why - 'Patience is a virtue.'

Dec-01-09  Ezzy: Correction - Apparently 12...dxc4 is not new. Carlsen played 14 Rd1 against Bacrot at Dortmund, which means Vitiugov's 14 Bb2 is the novelty.
Dec-02-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Endgame lessons: Cutting off the enemy king

N Vitiugov vs Karjakin, 2009 47 ... Qc7-c4! stops White g1-king from approaching c2-passer

Dec-08-09  Augalv: Commentary at:

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