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Sergey Karjakin vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 9, Oct-12
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0

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Oct-12-12  Hesam7: A big disappointment for the French fanatics. Black got a winning advantage but then blew it in the time crunch. I am just going to cover the evaluation changes at the end of the game (although Black missed stronger moves earlier as well: 28...Nf7! & 32...b3! for example):

<33...bc3?> = 33...Ne5! . After the move Black the position becomes extremely sharp but equal with all 3 results possible.

<34...Ne5?> Instead the right move was 34...Ng5!= where the main line is 35 Ng5 Qb2 36 Rc1 Bc2.

<35...Rff7?> Black should have blocked the g-file: 35...Ng4!

<37...Qb2??> the final blunder, now White has mate in 3. Instead 37...Qc5 38 dc5 Re7 39 fg4 Re6 40 Ne6 Re7 41 Kd1 Re6 42 gh5 was his last hope to hold in a RR vs RB endgame.

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  whiteshark: What a complicated game. A pity that Paco blew it in the end.
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  Eyal: <33...bxc3+?; 33...Nxe5!> <34...Nxe5?>

Perhaps Paco got the move order wrong here; the main idea behind 33...Nxe5! is 34.dxe5 bxc3+ 35.Ke2 Qb2; he may have thought that he might as well play the more "forcing" bxc3+ first, missing 35.Qh6! (after 33...Nxe5, 34.Qh6 fails to Nxf3+ & Nxg1, but with the king pushed to e2 that's no longer possible).

Oct-12-12  Hesam7: <whiteshark: What a complicated game. A pity that Paco blew it in the end.>

Even more so when you realize that yesterday he was also winning against Aronian but had to settle for a draw.

Oct-13-12  AuN1: <Hesam7: <whiteshark: What a complicated game. A pity that Paco blew it in the end.> Even more so when you realize that yesterday he was also winning against Aronian but had to settle for a draw.>

and he had equal chances against carlsen, but blew both of those games.

Nov-02-15  jimcrickman143: Following this game, Paco retired as a professional chess master.
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