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Sergey Karjakin vs Viktor Laznicka
Karpov Poikovsky (2011), Poikovsky RUS, rd 3, Oct-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Oct-06-11  Marmot PFL: Evidently this is all book up through move 15 or so. It looks like black was holding on until the rather bizarre 25...Rh7, instead of 25...Bd3, g6 and Kg7.
Oct-06-11  Ranjan: Can someone please explain me the logic behind 24. Bf4? Was white planning Nd5, e6, Bd6?
Oct-06-11  Marmot PFL: <Can someone please explain me the logic behind 24. Bf4?>

I imagine black wanted to play f6 and Kf7; 24 Bf4 allows white to answer f6 with exf6 and Bd6

Oct-06-11  Ranjan: Thanks Marmot PFL
Oct-07-11  Troller: Karjakin actually put in some time at move 10-12; he must have analyzed it previously of course, but to remember which lines are the best is another thing. Laznicka was clearly in prep until move 13 on the other hand, but slipped soon afterwards. Rh7 is strange and ugly and obviously not the best move, but the position was very difficult for Black at that time. Moreover, he was in severe time trouble, whereas White played the last 10 moves almost ├í tempo, no doubt with an eye on Black's clock.

IMO 18..Be2 led to an unenviable position for Black, but this was due to the (probably overlooked) very strong 20.a3, which immediately took advantage of the undeveloped state of Black's kingside pieces, sacrificing an exchange to the effect.

Oct-07-11  bronkenstein: 25.Rh7? nailed the coffin , Bd3 followed by g6,Kg7 (credits to my friend Houdini) and black is ┤only┤ much worse.
Oct-09-11  mindkontrolle: i dont understand why not 9... Bxc2, 10. Nb5 Rc8. i apologize if this is real basic.
Oct-09-11  jrofrano: this line with 8. ... Qxb2 doesn't look very promising for black... I'm still not convinced this is the right way to go about playing this position.
Oct-09-11  bronkenstein: <i dont understand why not 9... Bxc2, 10. Nb5 Rc8. i apologize if this is real basic.> No elementary refutation visible to Bc2. But for some reason GMs from my database never opted for that . Their choice was 9...cxd (7 games) , 9...c4 (in 3) or 9...0-0-0 (1).
Oct-09-11  goldenbear: 9.Bxc2, then 10.a3 wins I think.
Oct-09-11  bronkenstein: <9.Bxc2, then 10.a3 wins I think.> Any lines to illustrate?
Oct-09-11  rapidcitychess: Is it only my board that shows the rook on b1? Or am I just showing my utter stupidity? Because to me it looks like the queen is hanging. :/
Oct-10-11  goldenbear: <bronkenstein> I am really bad at producing lines in my head so I had to turn on the computer, and indeed, after about 20 minutes, Fritz12 concludes that my move a3 is winning, suggesting 10.a3 Qb6 (the only plausible move) 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Qc1 Bxe3 13.Qxc2 Bd4 14.Rab1 Qc5 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Qa4+ Kf8 17.Rfc1 etc.
Oct-21-11  hedgeh0g: 9...Bxc2? 10.dxc5 and Nb5-d6 is going to hurt.

As for 25...Rh7, while it doesn't seem to help much, I don't think Black's position is salvageable at this point. Black can try moving the bishop and playing ...g6 and ...Kg7, but I don't see how he can defend his a-pawn after Qa6 and Bc1-a3. A quick check with Houdini confirms this is the case...

...which begs the question: where does Black improve?

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