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Sergey Karjakin vs Vladimir Kramnik
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015) (blitz), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Feb-13
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: With this win, Karjakin improves to 5/5 (or 10.5/11) in the last consecutive meetings with white against Kramnik.
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  HeMateMe: It's just blitz.
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  tpstar: [Fritz 10]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 0-0 8. 0-0 d5 9. exd5 cxd5 10. h3 c6 11. Qf3 Re8 12. Bg5 [last book move] Opening Explorer Rb8 13. Rad1 [13. Rfe1 Re6 =] Be6 14. Ne2 Be7 15. Nd4 Bd7 16. b3 Ne4 17. Bf4 Rb4 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. Qg3 [Inferior is 19. Qxe4 Bf6 20. Nxc6 Rbxe4 21. Nxd8 Bb5 ] Qc8 20. c4 c5 21. Nc2 Rb6 22. Bd6 Bf6 [22 ... Rxd6 23. Rxd6 Bxd6 24. Qxd6 ] 23. Ne3 Be6 24. Rd2 [24. f3 exf3 25. Rxf3 Bc3 ] Bd4 25. Rxd4 cxd4 26. Be5 f6 27. Bxd4 Ra6 28. Bxf6 Qb7 29. Be5 Rxa2 30. Rd1 Rf8 [30 ... Ra3!? =] 31. c5 [31. Rd6 Bc8 32. Nf5 Raxf2 ] Qf7 [31 ... Ra6 32. g4 Qf7 ] 32. Rf1 [32. Rd6 Re8 ] Bxb3?? [A transit from better to worse - 32 ... a5 ] 33. Ng4 [ ] Ra6 34. Bd6 Qe6?? [34 ... Rxd6 35. cxd6 Qe6 ] 35. Bxf8 [35. Nh6+! Qxh6 36. Qxb3+ Kh8 37. Bxf8 Qc6 ] Kxf8 36. Qb8+ Kf7 37. Ne5+ Kf6 38. f4 1-0.

It has been said on this site many times: "He who analyzes speed games is stupid." Maybe this exception proves the rule. =)

The Four Knights is a great opening for juniors starting out, then this Scotch Four Knights line gives chances for both sides (where I prefer Black). If White trades Bxf6, the Two Bishops are supposed to give compensation for Black's wrecked Pawn structure. I like 27. Bxd4 gaining time hitting the Rook, then 28. Bxf6 gaining time with a mate threat. The two big mistakes 32 ... Bxb3 and 34 ... Qe6 are not at all obvious; neither is the improvement 35. Nh6+! deflecting the King away from the Rf8. Great battle.

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