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Sergey Karjakin vs Ivan Sokolov
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-13  King Sacrificer: Why did Sokolov resign? His position is not good but the material is even. Is he fed up because of his general performance in this tournament or is the position really hopeless?
Jan-25-13  Kola: <king sacrifice> there is no way to defend against white's next move Bd1.
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  HeMateMe: Trapped, or mate on g7.
Jan-25-13  solskytz: Or losing a piece after 33...Qg4 34. Qxg4 hg 35. Rxg4 - something's got to give. The black K-side pieces prove to have become a disorderly jumble, such as even the well-placed b6 rook does not manage to defend.
Jan-26-13  King Sacrificer: < Kola:¬†<king sacrifice>¬†there is no way to defend against white's next move Bd1.>

Thanks, missed that one.

Jan-26-13  Gilmoy: c5-c4 is lovely <if> it locks the LSB out of the game. But when he <wants> to go to b1 anyways for an even better diagonal, then it's just lost tempi. And it throws away center tension.

<28..d5 29.e5> is looking like a strategic self-crush by Black on himself -- but surely he's already losing.

White cleverly used his clock to just hold all of the hidden-intersections, e.g. Qd2 quietly snuffs even a5-b4 ideas, while setting up Bxh6 threats. <22.Be3> and <28.Rff1> lure Black into unharmonizing his pieces, and the quiet stepbacks amount to a GOOT (untie thineself from that), e.g. a cat with his head stuck in a plastic jar.

<16..Bxf3> and Black's Qh3 sortie is too decaf: White calmly survives, and enjoys half-open g.

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