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Sergey Karjakin vs Pentala Harikrishna
Gashimov Memorial (2016), Shamkir AZE, rd 3, May-28
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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May-28-16  Keshav Murali: 12...h6, while seeing innocuous, is already a big mistake (shockingly early).

After 13.Bxh6! and 15. Qg5!, black's airy king position puts him in a major disadvantage. I think Harikrishna might have missed that.

Not sure about his choice of the Petroff, he might have been going for the draw since a draw here against the higher-rated Karjakin would have propelled him the necessary one point to cross Anand in the live ratings.

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  kingfu: Giri seems to be successful with the Petroff. Maybe Harikrishna was trying to catch Karjakin unprepared.

Karjakin is going up against Carlsen for the Championship in November. I think Karjakin is prepared for everything.

I was hoping Pentala would have played the French.

May-28-16  dehanne: In an endgame a rook is almost always more useful than the two pieces.
May-28-16  Eduardo Leon: <dehanne> Not really. White won because he had 3 extra pawns.
May-28-16  cormier:

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13.Bxh6 Ng4 14.Bf4
(1.95) Depth: 20

May-28-16  cormier:

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1. = (-0.01): 12...c4 13.Bxf6 Bxf6

2. = (0.18): 12...d5 13.Qf4 Bd6

May-28-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 20

1. = (-0.16): 12...d5 13.Qf4 Qb6

2. = (0.00): 12...Qd7 13.Kb1 Rae8

3. = (0.03): 12...c4 13.Bf1 d5

4. = (0.05): 12...Qc7 13.Bf4 Nh5

5. = (0.17): 12...Qa5 13.a3 Rae8

May-28-16  1971: <dehanne> It's actually the opposite. Two pieces are almost always better than a Rook.
May-28-16  CountryGirl: A very tough endgame. Pentala defended stoutly after early disaster threatened and he kept fighting to the end.
May-29-16  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 13 Bxh6 White's queen and two rooks are each a move ahead of their counterparts in development. White is therefore three moves ahead in development
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  Troller: Certainly Hari did not miss Bxh6; he thought for 22 minutes before playing h6, and then he played the next moves instantly. More likely he misjudged the endgame, believing the extra piece would make it holdable.
May-29-16  Eyal: <Certainly Hari did not miss Bxh6; he thought for 22 minutes before playing h6, and then he played the next moves instantly. More likely he misjudged the endgame, believing the extra piece would make it holdable.>

He didn't miss 13.Bxh6, but he said in the press conference that when thinking over his 12th move he missed 14.Bxg7! (mainly calculating 14.Bxc4 first); it should be quite clear that with 3 whole pawns down Black's chances to hold the endgame are very slim. Btw, 9...c5 a few moves earlier was a novelty that surprised Karjakin.

May-29-16  thegoodanarchist: This was a surprising game, for a top level tournament.

Kind of like a good episode of "Game of Thrones" in which the characters waste no time maneuvering - they just start hacking away at each other.

May-29-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini
1. = (0.00): 12...d5 13.Qf4 Re8 14.Bb5 Rf8 15.Bd3 Re8

Jul-09-16  crwynn: Odd that Harikrishna didn't see 14.bxg7. Often players say this meaning they didn't see the consequences of the move - in this case i think 14...kxg7 15.qg5+ kh8 16.re4 is fatal, & not entirely obvious, so perhaps this is what he missed (16...nxe4 17.qh6+ kg8 18.bxe4 f5 19.qxe6+ or 16...ng4 17.qh5+ kg7 18.rxg4+ with too much for the exchange).
Jul-09-16  crwynn: Sorry, 16...nh7 refutes that move-order but 16.qh6+ kg8 17.re4 seems to work.

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