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Sergey Karjakin vs Simen Agdestein
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, Jun-05
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-05-14  posoo: WHAT a GAME.

now THIS is real chess!

Go AGDASTOAN!

Jun-05-14  theodor: 22. Qd4 ; Q X h2 23. Ne2 and I don't see an answer to 24. Qa4+
Jun-05-14  babakova: very nice fighting chess from both players.
Jun-05-14  iroozdar: Dear theodor, after 22.Qd4 then 22...Qg2+ (NOT Qxh2) 23.Ne2 Qe4 24.c3 Qxd4+ 25.cxd4 Bc7 26.Ra7 Kd7 27.Rxa6 Ra8 28.Rxa8 Rxa8 Now position is with an advantage for Black
Jun-05-14  iroozdar: Agdestein can win with 48...Kf7. maybe continue: 49.g8=Q Kxg8 50.e8=Q Qxe8 51.Qxd5+ Kg7 52.Kb6 Qxa4 53.Bc7 Rc4 54.Bd6 Rxc2 55.Qe6 Qb5+ 56.Ka7 Qc4 and NOW with a clear advantage for Black
Jun-05-14  Badmojo: Agdestein blew it again after too with f3.

The rook could have taken the c and h pawns before giving itself up for the a pawn. White's bishop would not have been able to defend both of Black's runners.

Agdestein played f3 very fast. A shame because he did very well getting that rook out and giving himself a won game.

Jun-05-14  iroozdar: Dear Badmojo, please re-write your comment with Number move and please use standard chess writing, i realy want understand your idea but now i cant understand, Thanks and Good luck!
Jun-06-14  Badmojo: Ok. The official website had the best line at +2 for Black. Nigel Short said shortly after that 55. f3 was a serious error. Here are some possible continuations.

55. Rg2
56. Kb7 Rxc2
57. a6 Rxh2
58. a7 Ra2
59. Kc4 Ke6
60. Bd4 f3
61. Kb7 Kf5
62. a8Q Rxa8
63. Ke4 will end it. The Bishop can't stop the pawn

Jun-06-14  Badmojo: Another line.

55. Rg2
56. Kb4 Rxh2
57. a6 Rxc2
58. a7 Rc8
59. Ka6 f3
60. Kb7 Rg8
61. Bd4 Ke6
62. Kc6 Re8
63. Kc5 Rc8+
64. Kb6 Kf5
65. Kb7 Rg8
And then if queens, you get what we got last line. The White King is too far away to aid the bishop in stopping the pawns.

Jun-06-14  Badmojo: Even this doesn't work.

55. Rg2
56. Kb4 Rxh2
57. a6 Rxc2
58. a7 Rc8
59. Ka6 f3
60. Kb7 Rg8
61. Bd4 Ke6
62. Kc4 Re8
63. Bb6 Ke5
64. Bc7+ Ke4
65. Bb8 f2
66. a8Q f1Q

And White doesn't have enough checks to cause a problem

67. Qa4+ Qc4+

The Queens come off and Black wins easily. The bishop will be lost for the c pawn and its game over.

Jun-06-14  NeoIndian: Agdestein, with the black pieces, enters a full blooded, complicated french battle against one of the most dangerous players in the world, probably going headlong into deep preparation, and almost brings him to his knees. Now I *really* wanna see him win a couple games. But greater challenges are yet to come. Go, Agdestein!
Jun-06-14  Chris321: Myself,i never liked 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 because of the ...Winawer Bb4.I prefer the Tarrasch 3.Nd2.The Winawer "invite",that variation can break up your pawns too much on the qside,too many weaknesses plus real dynamic chances for black to your king.The white King feels to me much safer in the French Tarrasch. But thats personal preference,nothing to do with which one is better between the two of course!.
Jun-06-14  Chris321: Nice game by both players especially Agdestein with his very resourcefull play here in this game.
Jun-06-14  Pedro Fernandez: <Badmojo>, are you analyzed 56.c3 after of 55...Rg2?


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I think the right move was 55...Kd6.

Jun-06-14  Moszkowski012273: 11.Ndb5,Qa5 12.Nxd5... is a better way to play this line for white.
Jun-06-14  1d410: I'd like to see Badmojo actually play out this position with Sergey
Jun-06-14  Badmojo: Give me my computer and I'll play it against him.

c3 doesn't work either.

Jun-07-14  Whitehat1963: I like 46. g6+, as I think it's a deadly pawn offer, but what's best play if black accepts with 46...Kxg6?
Jun-07-14  Moszkowski012273: 47.Qxf6+...
Jun-07-14  Moszkowski012273: Also correct (although not neccesarily winning) was 56...Rg4
Jun-07-14  Conrad93: <Myself,i never liked 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 because of the ...Winawer Bb4.I prefer the Tarrasch 3.Nd2.The Winawer "invite",that variation can break up your pawns too much on the qside,too many weaknesses plus real dynamic chances for black to your king.The white King feels to me much safer in the French Tarrasch. But thats personal preference,nothing to do with which one is better between the two of course!.>

The French Winawer creates an interesting pawn structure on the queen side, but it is not really that great of a weakness.

Black usually locks up the position with c4, and white gets a huge counter-attack on the kingside.

Doubled pawns aren't an inherent weakness.

Jun-19-14  1d410: You don't get a computer you get your puny list and die when Karjakin plays something different.

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