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Sergey Karjakin vs Baadur Jobava
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, May-21
French Defense: Normal Variation (C10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-21-15  SirRuthless: Quite an enjoyable game to follow. Karjakin sacs a knight for two pawns, then Jobava sacrifices and exchange for a pawn and finally, Karjakin sacrifices a bishop for a pawn and structural advantage on both wings. With all the bastard pawns black has on the board I am surprised Kajakin chose not to play on a bit more. This was fighting chess!
May-21-15  1d410: Karjakin plays outrageous chess sometimes :)
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  Penguincw: An exchange sac by Jobava (15...Rxe5) eventually led to an ending where it was a rook and 2 pawns vs. 2 bishops. In the final position, I think white is better with the more active pieces and better pawn structure, but not sure how to find the win.
May-21-15  1d410: black has two bishops though...
May-22-15  mrandersson: Nice to see some players playing real chess and trying to mix it up. Its not all about stockfish/Komodo lines
May-22-15  Big Pawn: I agree with <mrandersson>. I like the creative opening, but it does remind me of 1800's chess. If I had only seen the first 9 moves and the players names were changed to Staunton and someone else, I would believe it! Black purposefully avoids the freeing ...c5 move (like nimzo) and plays an apparently awkward and early ...Bd7. Then, he doesn't even play for the early ...e5 break (the point of ...Nc6 over the ...c5 idea) but instead plays the meek ...Nge7.

So interesting.

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