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Larry Christiansen vs Yasser Seirawan
US Championship (Group B) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Apr-16-11  kingfu: 8...Qxc3+ loses the exchange, leaves the black King in the middle of the board blocking all development on the King side.

I did almost as good as Yasser. I lost to Larry in 20 moves.

Apr-17-11  MaxxLange: ow ow ow
Apr-17-11  SimonWebbsTiger: I hope people check out the post game chat which Illogic mentions. Yaz was just great, despite the stinging loss. But he is a star; my vote for the best voice in chess. As he mentioned, he wanted to visit St.Louis and do commentary .., but it ended up with the great patron Rex Sinquelfield getting him out of his retirement!
Apr-17-11  DWINS: White's position is overwhelming, but just for the sake of accuracy it should be pointed out that Christiansen missed a mate in five on his last move. 23. Bb4 Kd8 24. Bxd7 Rxb4 25. Bxe6+ Ke8 26. Qd7+ Kf8 27. Qxf7#
Apr-17-11
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  watwinc: we ... Ra7 24 Qb8+ Ke7 25 Bb4+ Nc5 Qe8++ is even shorter.
Apr-17-11  nisarg1: < DWINS: White's position is overwhelming, but just for the sake of accuracy it should be pointed out that Christiansen missed a mate in five on his last move> A wednesday puzzle, maybe.
Apr-17-11  cornflake: < Illogic: In the post-game, Christiansen described Seirawan's 8.. Qxc2 as 'hideous'. Seirawan admitted he had never seen 8. Qb1.>

I guess Seirawan is rusty. This a pretty bad game for a GM who is an expert on the black side of the Caro-Kann. Obviously, he didn't do much preparation before deciding to play in this tournament.

Apr-17-11  sergeidave: <Seirawan admitted he had never seen 8. Qb1.> He really admitted that?

That's why he didn't even talked about it when he discussed it with us in Seattle, hehe...

Apr-17-11
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  Everett: Yasser should know better! Seirawan vs Dreev, 1990

Everyone has a style, and Seirawan includes the "grab material then duck and cover" in his armory. After going through many of his games, I prefer when he just plays ultra-positional and solid.

In this particular line, he goes for material again and neglects his development and king safety, a trend evident in some of his worst losses.

Seirawan could have improved with something sensible on move 6, like ..Nc6

If he continued with <8..Qb5> he may have had a chance to survive, though I it seems white is better after 9.a3 Qb6!? followed by Nd7 or Na6 depending. Maybe there are some other lines, but either way black cannot afford to swap queens on b1, while 8..Qxc3+ 9.Bd2 Qxa1 10.Qxa1 seems much better for white.

Apr-17-11
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  patzer2: 8...Qxb1+ or 8...Qb4 look good for equality. However, I wonder if Christiansen might have correctly judged that his opponent might go for another pawn with 8...Qxc2?.

As such, 8. Qb1! turned out to be both an opening surprise and a good psychological move.

Toward the end, if 20. Qxa2, then 20. Nd6+ Kf8 (20...Bxd6 21. Bxd7+! ) 21. Ra1 traps the Queen.

Apr-17-11
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  Check It Out: <sergeidave> I was at that Seirawan lecture in Seattle too. lets hook up. drop a line to mattdday at gmail
Apr-17-11  bartonlaos: < he didn't even talked about (Qb1) when he discussed it with us in Seattle, hehe...<I was at that Seirawan lecture in Seattle too.>>

The walls had ears.

Apr-17-11  sergeidave: ^^ Hehe... Yeah... there was quite a good amount of people there. I'm not surprised to find that more than one of them may also be kibitzing here on chessgames.com...

=)

Anyway, go Yasser! You can come back, you are great!

Apr-17-11  luzhin: 8.Qb1! was used to devastating effect by Karjakin to beat Eljanov in the most recent Olympiad -- and it was introduced at GM level back in 2003. So Yasser has clearly not been paying attention...
Apr-17-11
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  Domdaniel: Easy to see why they call it the Short Variation.
Apr-17-11
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  Everett: <patzer2> whoops, yes 8..Qb4.
Apr-17-11  kingfu: MaxxLange,

I call this a serious owie. Or ow ow ow, like you said.

I do not think that Yasser expected 8. Qb1.

Sometimes, you just have to go for it.

Some days you are cock of the walk, some days you are a feather duster.

Apr-17-11  SetNoEscapeOn: <Everett: Yasser should know better! Seirawan vs Dreev, 1990 Everyone has a style, and Seirawan includes the "grab material then duck and cover" in his armory.>

It's true, and he admits it! He actually talked about his love of material during the Melody Amber commentary. I'm sure it has brought him many points as well, but Christiansen might not be the best guy to play that way.

Apr-17-11
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  Penguincw: This game reminds me of Spassky vs Fischer, 1972.
Apr-19-11  paavoh: This is indeed a "Short" variation - sweet and short for White.
Apr-19-11  Pensive: I just read Seirawan's Chess Duels book. In it he mentions that he thinks that the Short Variation is incorrect because Black's light-squared bishop is too strong and should be traded. If I remember correctly, he called it White's best way to seize the defensive.

On another note I noticed most of his worst losses came when he grabbed material and then tried to ride out the storm. I guess when that strategy fails, it fails spectacularly

Apr-23-11  NMWillStewart: Hi guys,

I did a video analysis of this game (along with 8 others of the USA championship)

You can catch it here:
http://youtu.be/p7peAnud5a0

It's a little shorter then my other analysis but considering it was only about 23 moves I think it was ok.

For full coverage of all my videos with commentary, pgn, and chessboard check out my main page here: http://www.onlinechesslessons.net/2...

Constructive Critiscm much appreciated!

Aug-31-11
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  technical draw: Yasser, a terrible game for a GM...
Oct-09-11  freeman8201: <paavoh: This is indeed a "Short" variation - sweet and short for White> ha ha laughing right with you....Yazz needs to up date his theory.
Oct-13-19
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The computer rates 8.♘b5 higher than 8.♕b1, e.g. 8.♘b5 ♗xc2 9.♕c1 ♕xc1+ 10.♖xc1 ♗g6 11.dxc5 ♔d7 12.♘d6.

8...♕xb1+ was far better than the game choice, e.g. 9.♖xb1 b6 10.♘b5 ♔d8 11.dxc5 bxc5 12.♘d6 ♗xd6 13.exd6 =

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