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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, Jun-13
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  0-1



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  AylerKupp: <AuN1> I think that you need a certain amount of luck to win any tournament.
Jun-13-14  chessdgc2: Well, I'm a Carlsen fan and Karjakin was not lucky. The dude played with enormous discipline, focus and downright grit1 Congratulations Karjakin!!!
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  chancho: 24 years old, and exceedingly strong this Sergey kid.

He can no longer be left out of the championship conversation.

Jun-13-14  bennythejets: yessssssssssssss!!!!!
Jun-13-14  notyetagm: <chessdgc2: Well, I'm a Carlsen fan and Karjakin was not lucky. The dude played with enormous discipline, focus and downright grit1 Congratulations Karjakin!!!>

Yep, game against Grischuk where he totally outplayed Grisch from a losing position in Round 4 was the turning point.

Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2014

From this point on Karjakin was a blistering <5/6: +4 =2 -0>, winning his last three games in a row.

Norway Chess Tournament (2014)/Sergey Karjakin

Jun-13-14  Octavia: my warmest congratulations ! S K is my fav!!! He was unlucky in his teens because the organisers fav Carlsen coming from the West over Karjakin & so Carlsen got all the juicy tournaments
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  LucB: Congratulations to Sergey Karjakin on a fine performance, particularly in the latter part of the tournament!
Jun-13-14  SirRuthless: Karjakin was the best player in the event bar none. He deserved to win and he did it in style by avoiding the joke of a tiebreaker that has been chosen for this event. Good job to him!
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  JAMESROOK: Thank you Chessgames - brilliant and congrats to Karayakin
Jun-13-14  csmath: 10. 0-0
[Yet one of many symmetrical English positional struggles.]

15. Ncd4
[Attempting simplifications. 15. 0-0 is another alternative waiting for white to declare his intention. After that if possible Rc7 and Rfc8 make black position strong enough.]

After the opening white has not achieved much but he has blocked black a-pawn with some pressure. Bishop pair should be sufficient compensation.

21. f4?!
[Grabbing the space but this is rather dubious move.]

24. ...Bf5?!
[Qd7 and Rdc8 repositioning heavy pieces was a better plan.]

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25. Rbc2
[White uses his golden opportunity to oppose on c-file.]

25. ...a5
[Black's judgment is to create passer while losing control of c-file.]

29. Nc3
[White is offering exchange for a very dangerous passer.]

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29. ...e6!
[29. ...Bxc6? 30. bxc6 b5 31. Qa3!! and white is better since 31. ... b4? 32. Qxa4 Rc8 33. Nd5 leads to a fall of b-pawn and white has winning position. This is truly a brilliant idea by Caruana but it was not to be.]

31. ...Qd6?

[Black has a difficult position and needs to be patient.]

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32. Na4?
[Big mistake. 32. Ne4 Qe7 33. Bxd7 Rxd7 34. Rc6 and b-pawn cannot be defended with 34. ...Rb7? because 35. Qc2 is threatening h5 and direct attack on king. d5 also looms in some variations.]

32. ...Bxc6
33. Rxc6 Qb4

Now from likely won position white is close to losing! Caruana lost the thread of the game and is really going to lose:

34. Nc3
[34. Nxb6 Qxb5 35. Qc2 Rd6! 36. Rxd6 Bxd6 37. Na4 is not better either.]

35. ...a3

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36. Rxb6?
[Panicking. 36. Qe2 Ra8 37. Na2 Qb2 38. Rc2 surely does not look great but it seems more resilient. Abandoning c-file temporarily white loses b-pawn and the game.]

36. ...Rc8!

Black achieves winning position after rook exchanges winning the b-pawn and leaving white tied up. Moreover all the white pawns are on black squares which is another big problem in the sequel. White could not find any defence.

One bad move and from probably won position white ended up in seriously bad position which he duly lost. This ought to hurt.

Jun-13-14  Jambow: Excellent job Sergey 6 of 9 for a nearly 2900 performance is rather impressive and twice in a row only more so. While Magnus was conquering the world Karjakin set up camp in Norway, interesting no doubt.

The top 6 of the top 10 are from a post Anand generation with Kramnik, Anand and Topalov languishing at the bottom of the elite in spots 7-9. With Magnus we enter a new era in chess, perhaps Vishy has other ideas.

Go Karjakin !!!

Jun-13-14  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 3 Pro w32:

32.Ne4 Qe7 33.Bxd7 Rxd7 34.Rc6 a4 35.Rxb6 Rc7 36.Rc6 Rb7 37.Nd6 Rb8 38.b6 Qd7 39.Ne4 Qd8 40.Qb1 Be7 41.Nc5 a3 42.b7 Kg7 43.Ra6 Qd5 44.Rxa3 Bxc5 45.dxc5 Rxb7 46.Qa1+ Kh7 47.Ra7 Qd2+ 48.Kh3 Qd5 49.Rxb7 Qxb7 50.Qc1 Qc6 51.e4 h5 52.Qc2 Kg7 53.Kh2 f5 54.exf5 gxf5 55.Qc4 Kf7 (0.81) Depth: 25/77 00:22:17 730mN

(, ---------- 13.06.2014)

Jun-13-14  starry2013: Caruana was in severe time trouble (around a minute and a half at the crucial point), as seen in the blitz tournament blitzing out moves isn't his speciality. He had used his time well I suppose in building up an advantage but there wasn't enough time left to finish it and it turned out that it was possible in the position to quickly turn his advantage into a losing position. Aronian at the press conference was a bit too gleeful when he spotted the mistake for my liking.
Jun-13-14  csmath: <Analysis by Houdini 3 Pro w32: 32.Ne4 Qe7 33.Bxd7 Rxd7 34.Rc6 a4 35.Rxb6 Rc7 36.Rc6 Rb7 37.Nd6 Rb8 38.b6 Qd7 39.Ne4 Qd8 40.Qb1 Be7 41.Nc5 a3 42.b7 Kg7 43.Ra6 Qd5 44.Rxa3 Bxc5 45.dxc5 Rxb7 46.Qa1+ Kh7 47.Ra7 Qd2+ 48.Kh3 Qd5 49.Rxb7 Qxb7 50.Qc1 Qc6 51.e4 h5 52.Qc2 Kg7 53.Kh2 f5 54.exf5 gxf5 55.Qc4 Kf7 (0.81) Depth: 25/77 00:22:17 730mN>

That line would have been a serious test for black. Moreover after 40 moves the things are not so forced but it all looks rather bad for black. Stockfish evaluation for 41. Nc3 is +1.43 at 32/53.

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  SugarDom: Even at this high level, player can still lose track of time.
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  FSR: Stavanger Hunt.
Jun-14-14  mrbasso: Caruana has some issues with last round games. If not it could have been a very sucessful year.
Jun-14-14  MindCtrol9: Lucky?What Karjakin played good chess.He is to be taking in consideration really seriously in future events.
Jun-14-14  kia0708: Karjakin - 4 wins

Carlsen and Kramnik - 2 wins

Jun-14-14  1d410: By move 23 Karjakin had clearly dissipated white's opening advantage, with a strong bishop pair and firm control of the c-file. Also nice was when he pinned the knight to the white rook. One fixed move is not enough to win out of Caruana's positional opening disaster.
Jun-14-14  1d410: Also white's b-pawn was isolated
Jun-14-14  1d410: How can no one notice this?
Jun-15-14  N0B0DY: <1d410: Also white's b-pawn was isolated. How can no one notice this?>

Anybody could have done it, but <N0B0DY> did it!

Jun-19-14  Boris Schipkov: This game Caruana-Karjakin with my commentary
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