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Sergey Karjakin vs Pavel Eljanov
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 8, Sep-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Sep-29-10  Marmot PFL: 11 Nb5 varies from Kd2 (Inarkiev-Eljanov). Black's extra pawn isn't much use with his pieces tied up and white's passed pawn advancing. Must be improvements for black though.
Sep-30-10  Beholder: Translated by <polarmis>:

<Sergey Karjakin revealed that his victory over Pavel Eljanov (who thought for 40 minutes on move 22 but couldnít find a sufficient defence) was down to a whole day spent analysing the line with the Kosintseva sisters and their joint coach, Yury Dokhoyan.

< - That plan which, I think, ďputs an end to the lineĒ, was thought up by Tania Kosintseva.>

< - You donít look tired today.>

< - Thatís as I didnít need to think in the game at all! Thanks to Tania.>>

Sep-30-10  PinkPanther: Wow, so not only is Karjakin getting white in every game, but he's not even having to think for himself.
Sep-30-10  BobCrisp: <Cherchez la femme.>
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  whiteshark: From move <12.Rc7> to move <24.Kxb1> the evals have been negative for White <-0.5♙<>>, but with a deep look from there on, the evaluation changed dramatically some time later.
Sep-30-10  LIFE Master AJ:
Sep-30-10  LIFE Master AJ: 12...Rb8?N

<<Placing a question mark here, knowing the engines will certainly disagree with it for the longest time, is not done lightly. The first time any of the engines even suspect there is a problem, is *much* later. Naturally, efforts were made to find the correct alternative when they did cry blunder, but all failed. This led to the obvious conclusion that the mistake had to have occured a move earlier, and thus the investigation was renewed, except that once again, all attempts to hold fell flat. This form of retrograde analysis continued until... You guessed it: the original novelty.>>

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  GrahamClayton: One point I took from this game was the finesse Karjakin showed with 19.♖e7+. Before taking the a7-pawn, Karjakin stops Black from castling, and making it impossible for the h8-rook to be involved in the game in any way. Such a finesse would probably not be seen by lower-rated players, who would probably play 19.♖a7 without thinking.
Feb-07-11  sevenseaman: A clear-headed Karjakin. I marvel at his simple and direct approach.
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  Mating Net: <Before taking the a7-pawn, Karjakin stops Black from castling, and making it impossible for the h8-rook to be involved in the game in any way.> A very good point <GrahamClayton> Karjakin's finesse move is the type of move that us mortals can incorporate into our own games.
Jul-28-17  parmetd: It seems after 7 Qxb2? that black is lost.
Jul-29-17  parmetd: Also the novelty is not 12... Rb8. It is 30. Kc2N

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