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Sergey Karjakin vs Alexander Onischuk
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 2, Sep-15
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Sep-15-15  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 32 h4 will Black be able to set up a blockade of White's passed a pawn on a6 by ...Rc6 and ...Bc8?

To try to answer that consider the following argument.

It will take Black four moves to play ...c5, ...Rd6, ...Rc6 and ...Bc8.

It will take White four moves to play Bc3, a4, a5 and a6.

If Black plays Black's first moves just before White's first move Black will then play Black's fourth move ...Bc8 just before White plays White's fourth move a6.

This suggests that if Black begins his plan and plays eg ...c5 without delay, he will be barely in time to stop a6, and that otherwise White will play a6 before Black can blockade a6.

Sep-15-15  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 32 h4 will Black be able to set up a blockade of White's passed a pawn on a6 by ...Rc6 and ...Bc8?

To try to answer that consider the following argument.

It will take Black four moves to play ...c5, ...Rd6, ...Rc6 and ...Bc8.

It will take White four moves to play Bc3, a4, a5 and a6.

If Black plays Black's first move just before White's first move Black will then play Black's fourth move ...Bc8 just before White plays White's fourth move a6.

This suggests that if Black begins his plan and plays eg ...c5 without delay, he will be barely in time to stop a6, and that otherwise White will play a6 before Black can blockade a6.

Oct-03-15
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  Eyal: <@SergeyKaryakin shows how to win ob demand! #class #chessworldcup>

https://twitter.com/MagnusCarlsen/s...

<@MagnusCarlsen thank you, Magnus! Well, I used your idea from the game against Alekseev [Carlsen vs E Alekseev, 2008 ], but still was not very impressed with my position;)>

https://twitter.com/SergeyKaryakin/...

<From the height of his abode he [Carlsen] found some time to pay attention to the "common folk" and shower them with a bit of courtesy. So he tweeted: "@SergeyKaryakin shows how to win ob demand! #class #chessworldcup". I guess "ob" is a spelling mistake, instead of "on." Probably Carlsen was typing too fast out of excitement. And then Karjakin made an appalling mistake, which showed why he will never take Carlsen's place. He tweeted back and if only he stopped after "thank you" everything would have been fine. But he continued and spoilt everything: "@MagnusCarlsen thank you Magnus! Well, I used your idea from the game against Alekseev, but still was not very impressed with my position ;)". The need to say anything more than "thank you" is a sign of a need to explain yourself, feeling of discomfort that needs to be eased by the words you say (or, in this case, type). And that is a sign of lower stature. Even the not-so-subtle hint at the low quality of Carlsen's idea goes against him here - he tries to belittle Carlsen, but again it's the need to explain, to offend (in this case), to do anything really, that is the mark of a lower status. People with a high status are comfortable just being themselves, never having to explain anything to anyone, saying "thank you" when receiving praise is enough for them. And when you feel like you need to explain yourself you never get to become king.>

http://www.alexcolovic.com/2015/09/...

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