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Wang Hao vs Sergey Karjakin
Tal Memorial (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Nov-14
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-14-10  woodthrush: Hao missed a win with 44. Re8+ Rxe8 45. Qxd4+ Kg8 46. Bd5+
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  Eyal: <Hao missed a win with 44. Re8+ Rxe8 45. Qxd4+ Kg8 46. Bd5+>

44.Re8+ Kg7! is still a draw - 45.Rxd8 Qg1+ 46.Kh3 Qh1+ 47.Kg4 Qxh5+ 48.Kf4 Qe5+ and perpetual check. In order to win (and get shared 1st with Mamedyarov & Aronian) Hao had to find <44.f4!>, the point being that it allows Bg2, to defend against the attack on g3 by ...Bf2, and also keeps an eye on h1, so that Black cannot check from there and get that perpetual. Of course, a few moves earlier Karjakin didn't have to blunder away his passer with 38...a4?? (instead of simply Bc3) - probably he thought that 39.Qxa4 hangs the bishop on d5 and forgot that he can't take it because of... 40.Re8.

Nov-14-10  Marmot PFL: Lots of mistakes today. last round nerves.
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  Eyal: ...Also, from a practical viewpoint, instead of getting mixed up with all this tactics once Black gets to play 43...Qc1, it would have made more sense for Wang Hao to kill any such opportunities for counterplay by Karjakin straight away with 43.Rc6.
Nov-14-10  woodthrush: <Eyal..> ah yes!
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