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Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Sergey Karjakin
Norway Chess (2013), Sandnes NOR, rd 2, May-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1



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May-09-13  dumbgai: 44. Rf4 would have been better, I think. 44...Rxf4 leads to a draw, and other moves allow white to keep his rook on the 4th rank. Black's best try would be 44...Re2 threatening Bg1, but 45. Nd4 Ra2 46. Ne6 forces the bishop to move away. In the game continuation, white loses his a-pawn and isn't able to stop black's passer.
May-09-13  Sanjeev Thakur: In the end R f4 could have drawn th game
May-09-13  Sanjeev Thakur: Rook f5 was a good move and he should have taken Bishop on C5
May-09-13  iking: Karjakin wins endgame like Carlsen with ease ...
May-10-13  mike1: well, looks more like Hammer is not up to it ....
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  HeMateMe: Maybe after 44 R-f4 black puts his Rook on the 2nd file, his Bishop on g1 and wins by attacking white from behind. White's Knight isn't doing much in this endgame.
May-20-13  Rhialto: <Sanjeev Thakur: Rook f5 was a good move and he should have taken Bishop on C5>

I assume you mean that he should've given the Exchange after Black's rook left its guard of c5. But actually 46...Rxa4!! is a great move by Karjakin: 47.Rxc5 bc 48.b6 Ra1 49.b7 Rb1 50.b8Q Rxb8 51.Nxb8 Ke6! (if 52...a4 53.Na6) and White is busted, for instance 52.Nc6 a4 53.Na5 Kd5 with ...c4 and then ...a3 coming. White's king is too far off to help against the a-pawn.

I wonder how many people noticed that playing through this...I certainly didn't until I read Sanjeev's comment.

May-28-13  tonsillolith: <Karjakin wins endgame like Carlsen with ease ...>

What? Carlsen is not a type of endgame. I'm confused.

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