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Sergey Karjakin vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0

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Jan-19-16  JohnBoy: Time loss? Or does white have a way that I'm missing to pile up on e7?
Jan-19-16  Ulhumbrus: 21...exd4 increases White's advantage in space. This concession may have been induced partly by White's pawn on c4. If after 15 d4 White threatens to gain the advantage by playing c4, this suggests that Black needs to prepare the advance ...d5 first.
Jan-19-16
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  JointheArmy: <JohnBoy> After takes and takes, 38. Qe2! should do it.
Jan-19-16  kamagong24: Tarrasch is smiling! :D
Jan-19-16  UrVileWedge: <JohnBoy>

37 exd6, Rxd6
38 Qe3, Rd7
39 Nxc6

Black is finished at that point.

Jan-19-16  goldenbear: I don't understand 9.h6 in this variation... Why not the immediate Ba7 followed by Ne7? Any specific reason?
Jan-19-16  ndg2: The "very quiet game" ends with a kaboom!
Jan-19-16  shintaro go: As early as move 17, Karjakin achieves ideal position
Jan-19-16  STEVE8562: hey why black resign, cmon
Jan-19-16  JohnBoy: <Join, Ur> - thx! I was focusing on 38.N (either) f5 Bf5 39.Nf5 Re6. Piling on w the Q immediately prevents Re6.
Jan-20-16  catlover: Both Karjakin and Tomashevsky make one of those mysterious grandmaster moves with their kings: 26. Kh1 Kh8.

Maybe someone can explain why it was necessary or advantageous to move their kings into the corner.

Jan-20-16  wharfrat: <catlover> Having advanced his f-pawn and placed his Q on f2, White moves the K to avoid any checks or tactics along the a7-g1 diagonal. By playing it now, White removes the possibility that he'll have to waste a move on it later when it might diminish his initiative.

Black's move is much harder to decipher. My bet is that it's a waiting move.

Jan-21-16  Kasparov Fan: such tidying up moves like Kh8 should be avoided as it does absolutely nothing though positional players say not every move has to do something but I'm very skeptical about too positional and absolutely passive moves.
Jan-21-16
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  Troller: They both took a lot of time starting from move 8 or so. When Karjakin played 26.Kh1 he had 2 minutes left, Toma had ~2 minutes.

Karjakin actually thought a couple of minutes for Kh1, clearly it has some idea also. Toma then played Kh8 rather quickly, probably relieved he got a "free move" closer to move 40.

Jan-21-16  catlover: Okay. Thanks, <warfrat>, <Kasparov Fan>, and <Troller> for the helpful comments and explanations.
Jan-21-16  Sally Simpson: 26.Kh1 is easy. As wharfrat says you often tuck the King out of the way on h1 if you have moved the f-pawn to avoid any unexpected checks.

26...Kh8 may be deeper than a waiting move. Black is aiming for d5 and played it 3 moves later.


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With the King on g8 the move 30.Bc5 is awkward. If White had played this then Qg8 looks better than having a pinned Knight on e7. The game was lost due to a pinned Knight on e7 though in the game it was on the file not the diagonal.

Also note here.


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The next Black move after Kh8 was Re8. Again thinking about a possible Bc5 and now g8 is free there is Ng8 available To give f7-f6 or after Ne7 then f5 options.

I'm not fond of Kh8. In hindsight with the King on g8 it could have played Kf8 helping the poor pinned Knight on e7 but it still looks grim for Black.

So that's a possible explanation Kh8. Unlike 99% of us these good guys look at the diagonals opened before pushing a centre pawn.

Us lot shove the pawn first and then stare in amazement at the enemy piece now occupying a very strong square. 'Where did that come from?"

Jan-26-16
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  thegoodanarchist: I think Black overlooked the zwischenzug 33.Bc5 during his analysis.

Just a guess

Mar-24-16  Alexandro: Imho, the win of whites is not clear...

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