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Anish Giri vs Sergey Karjakin
Gashimov Memorial (2016), Shamkir AZE, rd 2, May-27
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-27-16  Marmot PFL: 35 f5! was a nice shot. I can't blame black too much for missing it in a quiet looking position.
May-27-16  Mr. V: Would Black be able to save the draw after the rook exchanges resulting from 37...Qf7?
May-27-16  ajile: I think 17..b6 is a strategic mistake since now after 18.a4 Black has no possibility of q-side counterplay to offset White's coming k-side break.
May-27-16  Sokrates: Rarely have I seen so many queenings in one game. Quite fascinating. I think Giri enjoyed this victory over Putin's protegĂ© immensely.
May-27-16  Tiggler: It's only one game, but a candidate should not be losing a game like this four months before a WC challenge. Such a thing never happened to such players as Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Carlsen or even Korchnoi.

I'm such Karjakin knows this, and it must affect his confidence.

May-27-16  Tiggler: <Marmot PFL: 35 f5! was a nice shot. I can't blame black too much for missing it in a quiet looking position.>

I think the danger of 35 f5 was very obvious, even to a patzer like me without an engine.

May-28-16  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 25...exd4, 26...cxd4 follows Philidor's rule of capturing towards the greater pawn mass. After 25...exd4 White has the better pawn structure.

After 36 Nf2 comes with tempo and on 36...Qg6 37 exf5 comes again with tempo

The sequel suggests that White's queen and knight are able to work together as a team better than Black's rooks and knight are able to work together as a team.

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  perfidious: <uluseless: Instead of 25...exd4, 26...cxd4 follows Philidor's rule of capturing towards the greater pawn mass....>

General rules are no more than that and admit of exceptions, contrary to your constant parroting of them as holy writ--except when slagging some great's play.

<....After 25...exd4 White has the better pawn structure.>

It is also more difficult for him to organise an attack than after the alternative.

Your never-ending flow of effluvium must have its uses, same as that of <hamhock>. It is beyond my understanding, though.

May-28-16  PhilFeeley: Is it safe to assume Ke4 was not the final move?
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  roberts partner: The final move was 68 Kf5. The computer evaluation went to +1000, then 1-0 appeared and the king was moved to e4, the usual computer glitch. Will chessgamescom correct its mistake?
May-28-16  cormier:

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68.Kf5 Kg7 69.Qb7+ Kf8 70.Ke6 Re3+ 71.Kxf6 Nd5+ 72.Qxd5 Ke8 73.Qxc5 Rf3+ 74.Ke6 Kd8 75.Qd5+ Kc7 76.Qxf3 Kb6 77.Qf5 Kb7 78.Kd6 Kb6 79.Qb5+ Ka7 80.Kc7 Ka8 81.Qa4# (#14) Depth: 25

68.Kf5 Kg7 69.Qb7+ Kf8 70.Ke6 Re3+ 71.Kxf6 Nd5+ 72.Qxd5 Ke8 73.Qxc5 Rf3+ 74.Ke6 Kd8 75.Qd5+ Kc8 76.Qxf3 Kc7 77.Qb3 Kc6 78.Qb5+ Kc7 79.g4 Kc8 80.Kd6 Kd8 81.Qd7# (#14) Depth: 26

May-28-16  cormier: Houdini

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1. = (0.00): 34...Qc8 35.Rf2 f5 36.Ng5 Rhe8

2. = (0.00): 34...Qd7 35.e5 dxe5 36.fxe5 fxe5

3. = (0.00): 34...Kh7 35.f5 gxf5 36.Nf2 Qg7

4. = (0.00): 34...Kf7 35.Qd2 Rg8 36.e5 Rge8

5. = (0.00): 34...Kh6 35.e5 Rhe8 36.Nf2 Qe6

6. = (0.13): 34...Kf8 35.e5

7. = (0.17): 34...Kg8 35.Rf1

8. (0.48): 34...Nc6 35.f5

9. (0.81): 34...Qe6 35.f5

10. (0.94): 34...Rd7 35.Rf1

11. (0.96): 34...g5 35.fxg5

12. (1.28): 34...Rb7 35.f5

13. (1.44): 34...Rf7 35.Rf1

14. (1.65): 34...Rc7 35.Rf1

16. (1.79): 34...Ree8 35.f5

17. (1.93): 34...d5 35.Nf2

<18. (2.77): 34...Rhe8 35.f5 gxf5 36.Nf2 Qg6 37.exf5 Rxe2 38.fxg6 Rxe1 39.Qxh5 Rh8 40.Qf3 Re3 41.Qf5 Re5 42.Qd7+ Kxg6 43.Ne4 Nxd3 44.Qg4+ Kf7 45.Nxd6+ Ke7 46.Qg7+ Kxd6 47.Qxf6+ Re6 48.Qxh8 Re2+ 49.Kf3 Re3+ 50.Kg4 Ne5+ 51.Kh3 Ke7 52.Qb8 Nd7 53.Qf4 Re5 54.Qh6 Nf6 55.Qg7+ Ke6 56.Qb7 Nd7 57.Qc6+ Ke7 >

19. (3.92): 34...Nxd3 35.Qxd3

20. (4.63): 34...Re5 35.fxe5

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