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Sergey Karjakin vs Alexander Morozevich
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), Tashkent UZB, rd 7, Nov-29
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B49)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-12  vinidivici: 53.Rc6 deserves POTD maybe wednesday.

2 connected passed pawn at the 6th rank as same strong as a rook. A rook alone cannot stop them, same case happened with pawns: one at the 7th rank and one at the 5th rank(must adjacently) , a rook alone impossible to stop them.

Nov-29-12  goodevans: <vinidivici: 53.Rc6 deserves POTD maybe wednesday.>

Perhaps, but midweek puzzles are hardly super-GM fare and Moro should have seen it coming. 52...Rc7+ was an absolutely dreadful error to make at this level. The whole <"2 connected passed pawn at the 6th rank..."> stuff should be bread and butter to these guys.

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  perfidious: <goodevans>: Quite right-then again, <vini> has repeatedly seen fit to pontificate in this way, so it is impossible to take him seriously.
Nov-29-12  notyetagm: Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2012

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52 ... ♖d7-c7+?

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53 ♖b6-c6!!

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53 ... b7x♖c6 54 b5-b6

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Nov-29-12  dumbgai: 52...Rc7?? (bxa6 should draw, I think) and 53. Rc6!
Nov-29-12  AuN1: karjakin making the most of his chances. like a real boss.
Nov-29-12  notyetagm: Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2012

GM Ramirez at gives White's 53rd move the !!-mark, 53 ♖b6-c6!!.

<52...Rc7+?? A blunder that is refuted beautifully. Moro still could've held the draw with...

52...bxa6 53.bxa6 a7! 54.b5+ h6 55.a5 h4! 56.gxh4 g3 and the draw is obvious. 57.b5 g2 58.a1 h5 59.g1 g7!=

<<<53.Rc6‼ >>>

A bolt from the blue. Of course if Moro has seen his move he would never have played Rc7+. Now it's all over as the rook is quite obviously taboo, but it cannot be left alone either. bxc6>

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  HeMateMe: quite a display of Rook + pawn endgame technique.
Nov-30-12  dehanne: All rook endings are drawn. Unless your opponent blunders.
Nov-30-12  pericles of athens: whew! beautiful. is this the game of the tournament? very entertaining. karjakin is a beast. is he a WCC contender soon?
Nov-30-12  notyetagm: <pericles of athens: whew! beautiful. is this the game of the tournament? very entertaining. karjakin is a beast. is he a WCC contender soon?>

It's really not that beautiful of a game.

52 ... b7xa6 draws for Black. Unfortunately for Moro, 52 ... ♖d7-c7+?? loses to the stupendous 53 ♖b6-c6!/!!.

Nov-30-12  notyetagm: Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2012

My solution on how to annotate White's 53rd move:

53 ♖b6-c6!/!!


Nov-30-12  notyetagm: MONOKROUSSOS =>

<52.Kc4 Rc7+? A losing move, but who would have suspected it? [52...bxa6 53.bxa6 (53.Rxa6 h4= ) 53...Ra7 followed by 54...h4 is equal.]

<<<53.Rc6!! Fantastic!>>> After this move, and only after this move, does White have a winning advantage.

53...bxc6 [53...Re7 54.a7 Re8 55.Rb6 Ra8 56.Rxb7 h4 57.gxh4+ Kxh4 58.b6 ]>

Nov-30-12  notyetagm: Summary of White 53rd move:

GM Ramirez: 53 ♖b6-c6!!
GM Baburin: 53 ♖b6-c6!
NM Monokroussos: 53 ♖b6-c6!!
notyetagm: 53 ♖b6-c6!/!!

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