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Sergey Karjakin vs Boris Gelfand
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Dec-06
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-09  Bobsterman3000: 11...Ra6 !!


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  Eyal: Yeah, the rook lift was a very creative idea, and apparently it surprised and confused Karjakin quite a bit. Black is actually willing to give up a piece for a strong attack after 12.Bxd5 Qxd5 13.Rxe7 Rg6 - I wonder if Gelfand was counting, in such a case, on a quick draw by 14.f3 Bxh3 15.Re2 Qxf3 16.Qf1 Bxg2 17.Rxg2 Rxg2+ 18.Qxg2 Qd1+ 19.Qf1 Qg4+ 20.Qg2 Qd1+ etc., or whether he was aiming for something even more ambitious.
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  luzhin: I presume Karjakin was trying to win the game, and therefore was reluctant to allow the quick draw implict in Eyal's line. By the way, 21.g4?? was absolutely horrible (h4 must be better),especially as Gelfand could have then won even more crushingly with the devastating 21...Nd5! after which Black's K-side attack will be overwhelming.
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  Eyal: <By the way, 21.g4?? was absolutely horrible (h4 must be better),especially as Gelfand could have then won even more crushingly with the devastating 21...Nd5! after which Black's K-side attack will be overwhelming.>

Yeah, the point is that Nd5 takes control over e3, and then the threat of Qf3 becomes deadly. But 21.h4 seems hopeless as well after 21...Nd5! again (this time with ideas of Qh3 and Nf4). Maybe 21.Kh2 is relatively best, but after 21...Nxc2! 22.Nxc2 Qxf2+ 23.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 24.Kg1 Rxc2 Black's win should still be just a matter of technique.

It seems that White's position took a serious turn for the worse with 18.Bxd6? (instead of Bd2 or Bg3) cxd6! (18...Qxd6? 19.Nb5! followed by Nxd4 and White is ok) - now, if White doesn't take the pawn Black gets a strong initiative "for free" after ...e5, and after 19.Qxd4 Qg5 it's even worse - Black is attacking with all the heavy pieces (as well as potentially the knight, via d5, as in the lines above), whereas White's Ra1 and Na3 remain useless pieces of wood at the other side of the board.

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  tamar: Undoubtedly a sick feeling for Karjakin to have Gelfand offer a piece on move 11.

After 12 Bxd5 Qxd5 13 Rxe7 Rg6 14 g4 Qh5 comes out to exactly the same draw that <Eyal> gives for 14 f3, although with a sequence having Black capture three times on g4 and then perpetualizing from d1-g4.

The moral of the story is believe Gelfand.

Dec-06-09  Prugno: On the whole, a most impressive game by Black. I strongly recommend it to those who think of Gelfand as a "boring" player.
Dec-06-09  KamikazeAttack: This could well be the best game of the WC so far.

A lot of GMs would incorporate the rook move idea into their repertoire in similar configurations going forward.

Dec-06-09  notyetagm: <tamar: Undoubtedly a sick feeling for Karjakin to have Gelfand offer a piece on move 11>

Yes, if Gelfand offers you a piece on move 11, you *know* something has gone wrong.

Dec-06-09  notyetagm: <KamikazeAttack: This could well be the best game of the WC so far. >

Yes, either this one or V Laznicka vs Mamedyarov, 2009.

Dec-06-09  harish22: horrible opening play by Karajkin. By move 7 to 8 looks like he was already two tempo down.
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  Albertan: I have analyzed this game in great depth using the world's strongest chess program Deep Rybka 3 and my Chessbase Megabase 2009 database. The analysis is posted at the bottom of page one of my blog at this address:

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Dec-07-09  ycbaywtb: i love a good rook lift!
Dec-07-09  samikd: He avoided the Petroff as he didn't want Black to play for a draw. He got his wish; Black played for a win instead and succeeded !

:) :)

Dec-07-09  kurtrichards: Karjakin avoided the Petroff...then why move 1.e4? Why not 1.d4? when Petroff will not be possible. :)
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  Eyal: True, but in general Karjakin is an 1.e4 player (Repertoire Explorer: Sergey Karjakin (white)).
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  whiteshark: <C55> looks like new territory for both of them. For Karjakin the surprise shot was off target.
Dec-07-09  kb2ct:

After 11...Ra6 there is nothing better than the perp.

11. ... Ra6 12. Bxd5 Qxd5 13. Rxe7 Rg6 14. f3 Bxh3 15. Re2 Qxf3 16. Qf1 Bxg2 17. Rxg2 Rxg2+ 18. Qxg2 Qd1+ 19. Qf1 Qg4+

Very nice.


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  Eyal: Gelfand agreed twice in this game to weaken his pawn strcuture, correctly judging both times the dynamic factors of the position as more important - 15...Be6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 allows White to give Black an ugly-looking, backward pawn, but also opens the f-file for K-side pressure; and the pawn sac 17....Bd6 18.Bxd6 cxd6! 19.Qxd4 leads to a winning attack after 19...Qg5.
Dec-08-09  Augalv: There's commentary on this game at:
Feb-02-10  percyblakeney: Chesspro's Game of the Month for December, A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009 finished second, and third was Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009.

Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Gelfand's Best Games
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