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Mika Karttunen vs Daniel Stellwagen
"Karttunen Network" (game of the day Jul-31-2020)
European Team Championship (2011), Porto Carras GRE, rd 1, Nov-03
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Modern Defense (E73)  ·  1-0



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  paavoh: An opening fiasco for Stellwagen. Karttunen played well to convert the endgame.
Nov-04-11  master of defence: a brilliant ending. After 96...Rb8 97. Re5 followed by Re8+ exchanging the rooks. Or 96...Rxd5 97. Nxd5 Kg8 98. Nc7 Kh8 99. Ne6 Kg8 100. Nd8 Kh8 101. Nf7+ Kg8 102. h7+ Kf8 103. h8=Q+ Ke7 104. Qd8+ Ke6 105. Qd6#
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  OhioChessFan: "Karttunen Network"
Jul-31-20  V Geriakov: Either a very good piece of preparation by white or a bad day at office for Mr.Stellwagen . 9.Bxf6 and 10.c5 were very energetic . But I still don't know the relevance of the pun because there was very little pawn-chain (network) play in the game .
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  offramp: <V Geriakov: ...I still don't know the relevance of the pun because there was very little pawn-chain (network) play in the game .>

It's a good pun! The Cartoon Network is a repository of animated TV shows, including <Defenders of the Earth>, which started life as <Defenders of the Kingside>.

A completely different pun would be "Kart Before Wagen".

Jul-31-20  newzild: <offramp> Yes, most of us would know about the Cartoon Network, but <V Geriakov>'s point is that there doesn't seem to be a network in the actual game to justify the pun.

Having said that, it's certainly a worthy game of the day - a lot of clever little tactics by both sides in the ending.

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  morfishine: If <offramp> declares "It's a good pun!" then it must be so

I do not detect any sarcasm whatever

Jul-31-20  7he5haman: <V Geriakov> White's play was well known.

If my memory serves me correctly, the most energetic response from Black involves a temporary Rook sacrifice:

<11...Bg7> 12. Bxa6 bxa6 13. Nxc7 Qc6* 14. Nxa8 dxc5 15. Rc1 Rd8

with definite compensation in the form of his two Bishops and protected passed d-Pawn.

*I cannot remember if this is the most accurate Queen move.

Jul-31-20  7he5haman: E.g.

16. Qc2 Bf8 17. Rfd1 Qxa8


16. b4? c4

Jul-31-20  7he5haman: In the first example above, <18.b4!?> is an energetic pawn sacrifice, trying to open some files for the Rooks.
Jul-31-20  Ironmanth: Tough fight in the endgame. Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe and ever curious about chess out there.
Jul-31-20  V Geriakov: Thank you @7he5haman . Just looked up the theory in CB . In the final position the mobile center and 2 bishops give black compensation and more for the exchange .
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  MSteen: Don't usually play over games this long, but into the endgame by move 16!? Brilliant play and well worth playing over repeatedly to see this endgame technique.
Jul-31-20  Diana Fernanda: https: // ...
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  jith1207: <master of defence>: 96...Rb8 97. Rd7 forces mate in the end.
Jul-31-20  NARC: I don't think Stellwagens opening play was bad. 19. ... Rc2 looks OK, and I think blacks position is still OK after 30 ... d5 . Maybe pressure to play for a win as black in a team game turned into too much of a gamble.
Jul-31-20  7he5haman: <V Geriakov> Cheers, although I have just realised that <17.Rfd1> is suboptimal.

Instead, White should play:

11...Bg7 12. Bxa6 bxa6 13. Nxc7 Qc6 14. Nxa8 dxc5 15. Qc2 Rd8 16. Rac1 Bf8 <17. b4!>

Which casts serious doubt over 16...Bf8.

So Black should play <16...Qxa8> instead, and after 17. Qxc5, 17...Qxe4 18. Rfe1 Qf5 or 17...Be6 18.Ng5 17...Bg4 18.Nd2 or 17...Bb7 18.Rfd1 look playable for Black, with 17...Qxe4 looking like the best of the bunch.

Also, <15...Rd8> isn't forced, and given that the c5-pawn will eventually fall it might be better to wait and see where to best place the Rook. 15...Qxa8, 15...Bb7 and 15...Bg4 all look like viable alternative.

And of course, White doesn't have to take the Rook:

11...Bg7 12. Bxa6 bxa6 13. Nxc7 Qc6 <14. cxd6> Rb8 but both

15. e5 Bxe5 16. Nxe5 Qxd6


15. Nxd4 Qxd6 16. Nd5 Rxb2

Look playable for Black.

It's rich variations like these which make me want to take up the theoretical lines of the KID! But alas, I'm too lazy to learn all the theory...

(Although I suppose at my level a good understanding of the general positional themes would suffice.)

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