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Sergey Karjakin vs Pavel Eljanov
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 6, Sep-29
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-29-15  Fanques Fair: WHat a blunder of Eljanov letting the position to be repeated 3 times in a won situation ...
Sep-29-15  KingPetrosian: Final position is completely drawn, even though the engines see advantage for black because he's two pawns up. Play it out...
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  Peligroso Patzer: The point at which a relatively easy theoretical win finally and forever slipped away from Eljanov was at move 55, and again at move 56, when he failed to take the c4-pawn (<55. … Bxc4> or <56. … Bxc4>) that was left <en prise> when Karjakin moved his queen to the h-file (<55. Qe2-h2>).

Eljanov’s planning had been aimed towards the <… d6-d5> push, so that’s what he played at move 56, but following the significant liquidation that culminated in <62. … exd3+>, the resulting BOC ending was probably unwinnable.

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  Peligroso Patzer: To put the game in historical context for future visitors to this page, this was the fourth tie-break game in the semi-final round of the 2015 World Cup. Eljanov had won the first tie-break game (Eljanov vs Karjakin, 2015) at a TC of G/25 +10. Karjakin had bounced back to win the second game (Karjakin vs Eljanov, 2015).

The third tie-break game (now using a TC of G/10 +10) was won by Karjakin (Eljanov vs Karjakin, 2015). Eljanov thus needed a win in this game to extend the tie-break to a third round (which would have been at a TC of G/5 +3). By holding the draw, Karjakin closed out the match and secured a place in the final versus Svidler.

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  Jimfromprovidence: So many chances to put the game away.

63...h4 also looks dangerous, creating another passed pawn after 64 gxh4 g3, below.

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Sep-29-15  KingPetrosian: @Jimfromprovidence
h4 still leads to a draw.
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  whiteshark: The <Dzindzi Indian <1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 f5 >> is an extremely offbeat variation – and that’s exactly what makes it so dangerous!
Sep-29-15  starry2013: To put it into even more context Eljanov had late chances to win the previous game as well.
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