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Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus Carlsen
Tal Memorial (2013), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-14
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-14-13  lost in space: I like the way white controls all squares of the e-file (beside e8 and e7)
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  moronovich: <vmrani>
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  benveniste: Drawn.
Jun-14-13  chessdgc2: I smell a draw
Jun-14-13  DcGentle: Apparently <33. h6> allowed Black to set up a blockade position. This would mean a safe draw.
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  whiteshark: Your truly is generally a bit cautious about a ♙h6 --> Game Collection: 55b_Middlegames_Sargnagel on h6

but her majesty already left the building...

Jun-14-13  lost in space: from my perspective 33. h6 was not accurate/exact. It is more reducing whites option than backs. No chance to open the h-file (Qb1; Qh1-h8). Only chance for Black not is to infiltrate and attack Ph7. But how?
Jun-14-13  lost in space: Aha, both agree with my analyze. Draw.
Jun-14-13  outplayer: how do i know how many chessbucks i own?
Jun-14-13  messachess: Good try by Karjakin.
Jun-14-13  boz: Kramnik-Naka looks interesting.
Jun-14-13  haydn20: Meanwhile Kramnik-Nakamura looks like a burner. Naka put up a grim defense and, after inaccuracies by Kramik, may now be winning in a difficult position.
Jun-14-13  boz: Caruana-Gelfand also of interest.
Jun-14-13  messachess: It looks like Caruana might be in trouble against Gelfand.
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  whiteshark: Caruana is toast
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  Robed.Bishop: Caruana looks like he's in trouble.
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  whiteshark: <boz: Kramnik-Naka looks interesting.> Right, and there are more pieces left than in Moro-Mame, which is ♖+opp♗+pawns
Jun-14-13  boz: Caruana is basted.
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  Eyal: Trying to "attack" with 38.g5?? would lose to 38...Nf5, attacking the bishop and threatening Qe3+.
Jun-14-13  Ulhumbrus: Karjakin did not transfer his bishop to the long diagonal. Had he done so instead of playing 33 h6, he might have won.
Jun-14-13  fisayo123: Probably the most boring variation in all of chess.
Jun-15-13  RookFile: Not at all. There are some positions from the 4 knights game that will really melt your brain.
Jun-15-13  fisayo123: <RookFile> This is not the Four Knights opening.
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  perfidious: <fisayo123>: <RookFile> never said this was a Four Knights-he was merely replying to your assertion.

In some of the variations in the 4 Kts, where White plays an early Bxc6, thereby avoiding the Metger Unpin (9....Nd8 Opening Explorer), I agree: things get dull. Even in the Rubinstein, so long as Black does not accept the pawn on offer here (Opening Explorer), all the fun goes out of things too.

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  Eyal: There are some very sharp and lively games in this Berlin 5.Re1 line as well, e.g. Carlsen vs Anand, 2010 or McShane vs Kramnik, 2012. Compared to what Black played in those games, though (starting with 7...Nf5 or 9...Bf6, respectively), Carlsen's approach here might be the most super-solid.
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