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Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand
"Serge of Power" (game of the day Sep-10-2016)
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Mar-15
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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Mar-16-16  Jaidip: 41..........Rb6 was not required. Anand could hold by keeping Rook on his second rank though isolani is quiet weak, but atleast the game could have moved longer. Anyway i apologise for commenting as i dont deserve for saying anything.
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  beatgiant: <Jaidip>
<Anand could hold by keeping Rook on his second rank> If Black remains passive, White can eventually maneuver his king forward, for example to a6, and it still looks pretty hopeless for Black.
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  Honza Cervenka: <mrbasso: <Honza Cervenka> Isn't that obvious? It provokes f5 which does weaken black structure.>

Well, I see that 9.h4 is preparing Ng5, which is quite annoying. I have thought that 10...h6 is fine for black until I started to analyze immediate 11.g4!, which seems to work for white very well.

Mar-16-16  Ulhumbrus: Anand said that he regretted 12...exd5 and had seen 12...Qxd5! but had worried about Bc4. This suggests that worry about something can be an insufficient reason to turn down a choice, and that an alternative choice may give still greater cause for worry.

I suspect still that 9 h4? is an unsound attack. However Black has to find the right way to take advantage of it. Perhaps 12...Qxd5 was the way. Another idea is 9...Nc6-b4 10 Qb1 Bf6 eg 11 a3 Nxc3 12 Bxc3 Bxc3 14 dxc3 Nd3+

Mar-16-16  Party Animal: The way Karjakin executed his plans in this game looks like he read Bobby's book! ; P

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Mar-17-16  Kasparov Fan: what if to avoid exchange on d5 black played 9..Ndb4 attacking the queen? Can anyone suggest any follow up.
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  perfidious: <Kasparov Fan: what if to avoid exchange on d5 black played 9..Ndb4 attacking the queen? Can anyone suggest any follow up.>

Karjakin would then have played 10.Qb1 and eventually a3 to kick the knight back. White's pieces coordinate surprisingly well from the back ranks to attack the enemy king despite his spatial disadvantage.

Mar-17-16  Ulhumbrus: My last message contained an error. After 9...Nc6-b4 10 Qb1 Bf6 eg 11 a3 Nxc3 12 Bxc3 Bxc3 14 dxc3 the move 14...Nd3+ is not possible as White has d3 covered twice. So either Black has to find a better way to play this or else 12...Qxd5 may be right.
Mar-17-16  scholes: After 27 g6 engines give massive advantage for white. Why ? Can someone explain in human terms
Mar-17-16  Ulhumbrus: < scholes: After 27 g6 engines give massive advantage for white. Why ? Can someone explain in human terms> One guess as to a part of the reason is that White is to move and the value of this is considerable as White is able to play his rook to c5 and a5 and attack the sixth and seventh ranks before Black can play ....Rb3
Mar-17-16  scholes: <Ulhumbrus> thanks
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  FSR: <Lambda> Yes, that is it. If Kasparov had played 39.Rc7!, winning immediately, we would have had a very similar conclusion as in this game. Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 Thanks.
Mar-18-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Really, in the beggining seemed that KARJAKIN was respecting so much ANAND, and made appearent weak moves. Maybe a plan to make ANAND feel like playing against a "child". But, meanwhile, ANAND didn't get a good plan for Black, he showed that he would like to DRAW, but he has worst pown structure. The changing of pieces to reach the final, only proved how his pown structure was bad.
Mar-18-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Take a look at move 18. Black had a potential BB (bad bishop: prisioner by his own P). If I'm the black, maybe I'll try 18...Qb6 (instead of Ba6 changing the BB)! Maybe to force a4 (not good for white). What if? 19. Qe2? a6. Or 19.Bd3?! c4!, 19.Be2 or Bf1... I feel that Ba6 was the beggining of black problems, cause showed no fight... Many chess players became this "wait for the other player's bad move", this not happen everytime! For me it seemed that ANAND underestimated his opponent and went bad!
Mar-31-16  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 13..Rc8 suppose that Black tries 13...f4. On 14 ef Rxf4 threatens the exchange sacrifice ...Rxf3 wrecking White's king side. On 14 0-0 fxe3 15 fxe3 White's e3 pawn is backward and his h pawn and g3 square are weak.

It becomes easier for White to respond to ...f4 with e4 after he has castled.

Apr-07-16  Ulhumbrus: 18 g3 is a major concession given Black's bishop on b7. After 18 g3 both ...d4 and ...f4 are potential threats. One idea is 18..Kh8 so in reply to ...d4 White can't play Bc4 with check. Is White going to succumb to a king side attack? It may be that Anand will investigate this position.

Anand said that after 12...Qxd5! he was worried about Bc4. However as 12...exd5 led to defeat this suggests that he had at least some cause to worry about the consequences of 12...exd5 as well. This suggests that there was something after 12...exd5 that he did not foresee in time.

Jun-06-16  Hunter16: SetNoEscapeOn,please don't call Anand 'the old man'.He deserves some respect.And that's an understatement.
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  perfidious: Truth is that Anand is 'Der Alte' of this field, which makes his finish of second ex aequo all the more impressive.
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  kevin86: Thanks to the fork and pin possibilities, black must lose a pawn (or knight).
Sep-10-16  Ironmanth: Nice maneuvering in this game. I like this opening as well. Thanks for this one!
Sep-11-16  Gerry84: What is the problem with 26...Qxa3 instead of the queen exchange? I don't see how the swap is better than the loose pawn

I also don't get 42... a3 instead of Ra3...

Any thoughts?

Sep-11-16  morfishine: <Gerry84: What is the problem with 26...Qxa3 instead of the queen exchange? I don't see how the swap is better than the loose pawn> Appreciate the query, I think you meant 25...Qxa3 but no matter

The tricky part about 25...Qxa3 is <26.Qe6+> since after K-move 27.Rxc4 followed by 28.Ne5 and White is winning


Sep-10-20  carpovius: In my humble opinion Karjakin should concentrate more on chess rather than politics))
Sep-10-20  SChesshevsky: <Ulhumbrus:...Anand said that after 12...Qxd5 he was worried about 13. Bc4...>

So Anand decides to go for those tricky hanging pawns instead of losing a tempo. Probably not losing in itself.

Except Karjakin is going to be very familiar with the c & d hanging pawns configuration. Having some serious analysis time as it can come up in one of his preferred defenses. The ...Ba6, ...Bb4 Queens Indian.

A defense he undertook in this tourney 4 times. Though only getting the hanging pawns twice.

Anand's decision to go for the pawns probably wasn't objectively fatal. But in this case, Karjakin's familiarity probably gives him an extra .5 or so plus and apparently enough to get a win.

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