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Peter Svidler vs Sergey Karjakin
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 7, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  0-1



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Oct-03-15  nekchess: Oh! This is real world chess after all... What can I say?
Oct-03-15  nekchess: Well played, Fred!
Oct-03-15  Ulhumbrus: 29 Qd2 looks like a blunder. For that matter 28 Qc3 seems better than 28 Rxf2.
Oct-03-15  ozu: That was cold.
Oct-03-15  Ulhumbrus: Nothing that Karjakin tried was likely to work but what he did try did work. Svidler was unlikely to lose but he did lose. By a blunder. Perhaps that was Karjakin's best hope, then.
Oct-03-15  latvalatvian: My 1967 Greenblatt chess program confirms a error free game.
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  chancho: These blunders are tearing this match asunder!
Oct-03-15  King Radio: the last couple of games have probably just shown how tired both of these players are.
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  Honza Cervenka: Apparently Peter wanted to play the fourth game. Otherwise I have no explanation for 29.Qd2?? Well, already 28.Rxf2 was a howler but 29.Qxe8 Qxf2+ 30.Kh2 Qxb6 31.Re7+ Kh6 32.Rd7 gives black nothing more than draw with accurate play.
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, there was an idea behind 28.Rxf2: now black cannot play 28...Qxe3 for 29.Rxe3 Rxe3 30.Rxf6 Kxf6 31.Nd5+ forking the King and Rook but 28.Qc3 was just winning.
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  WinKing: <Honza Cervenka: Apparently Peter wanted to play the fourth game. Otherwise I have no explanation for 29.Qd2??>

Svidler is a really nice guy but not that nice <Honza Cervenka>. When your playing for over $100,000 funny things happen.

Oct-03-15  Ulhumbrus: With 28 Rxf2? Svidler conceived a nice combination which had however a hole in it.
Oct-03-15  ozu: What about 31 Qc7+ ?
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  chancho: Svidler was sitting nice and pretty in this game until he found a way to botch it.

Karjakin has white tomorrow.

Expect some long term suffering for the Svid.


Oct-03-15  ozu: Nevermind all lost
Oct-03-15  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps that was the way for Karjakin to have the best chance of winning: To induce Svidler to conceive a combination which would bring Svidler his desire, a combination which had however a hole in it.
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  PhilFeeley: "It's a Blunderful Life"
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  Peligroso Patzer: <FSR: I think Svidler is deliberately going for a sober draw rather than a crazy (probable) win. The engines have pointed out a few million wins for Svidler.>

Donít know when this comment (from page 4 of the thread) was posted, and, of course, everything went haywire at moves 28 (Rxf2?) and 29 (Qd2??), when the course of the game took a turn no one could have anticipated. Nevertheless, at move 27, Svidlerís choice of <27. Rbe1> looks like a conscious decision to play for clear advantage with good winning chances when he had available the liquidation <27. Qxe4 Nxe4 28. Rxf6> that would have greatly simplified the position into one of fairly quiet equality.

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  Sally Simpson: You are 2-0 nil down in a four game match, $80,000 and a board in the Candidates is a nice parachute. (1st gets $120,000 2nd gets $80,000).

Roll the dice and sac on f2.

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  Domdaniel: <Sally S.> Strangely, I've been there - 0-2 down in a four game match, I somehow managed to win the 3rd game with an exchange sac. Desperation can be a source of strength. Sadly, I could then only draw the 4th game. I suspect something similar will happen here.
Oct-03-15  k009ris: Don't like those players and the games are weak, i'd rather watch engine-engine match on my own computer. This generation of players is played out and there's no young talents...Carlsen will rule till his death.
Oct-03-15  King Radio: <i'd rather watch engine-engine match on my own computer>

Go ahead, no one is stopping you.

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  Honza Cervenka: <ozu: What about 31 Qc7+ ?>

31...Rf7 and it's over.

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  jith1207: <k009ris> Looks like you finally woke up and smelled that the world cup is going on. Why bother?
Apr-29-16  Alexandro: The only acceptable answer to this subtil win was BLUNDER!
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