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Alireza Firouzja vs Murali Karthikeyan
"Give and You Shall Receive" (game of the day Oct-10-2019)
Asian Continental (2019), Xingtai CHN, rd 5, Jun-11
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  0-1



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  jaime gallegos: From the novelty 9... Qxc3+!! til 32... Ne5 -+, what a game by Murayi Karthikeyan
Jun-15-19  scholes: game of the year so far
Jun-19-19  Imran Iskandar: This game seems to have gone under the radar for most. Nevertheless, Murali played the game of his life here. Not easy to see where Firuozja went wrong.
Jun-21-19  payan: White in some movement could do better for example 11.Bd3 is a little better than 11.f3. But Black's moves is completely correct without any mistake.It is amazing and strange!!you can check the moves by engines
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  SonOfSteel: 20.♘d3 ... is superior to 20.♘e2 ? ...
Jun-25-19  sonia91: Informative analysis by GM Kidambi Sundararajan :

Interview with Karthikeyan on his Queen sacrifice by Shah Sagar :

<This game seems to have gone under the radar for most.>

Not outside actually.

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  Messiah: WHAT A GAME, holy moly!
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  paavoh: "Give and You Shall Receive" submitted...
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  areknames: A positional Q sac at move 9? Brilliant stuff, and what a well-deserved GOTD. Thanks to <sonia91> for the informative links.
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  areknames: <11.Bd3 is a little better than 11.f3.> Karthikeyan seems to agree, Black still ends up with a good position though.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amazing game with an amazing bit of trivia--White's move 8.Nd2 does not appear in the CG database, so if it is a true innovation, then Karthikeyan found the Queen sacrifice *over the board!* However, the variation might have been known to the pros. Doesn't really matter, still quite mind-blowing.
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  WorstPlayerEver: 11. Bd3 exf2+ 12. Kxf2 seems more healthy for White:

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11. Bd3 Bh6 12. fxe3 Bxe3 13. c5 dxc5 14. e5 Nh5 15. Qf3 Bg5 16. O-O and White is very active:

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  WorstPlayerEver: 11. Bd3 exf2+ 12. Kxf2 Nbd7 13. Re1 b6 14. a4 (SF):

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  WorstPlayerEver: PS 14. a4 Ne5 15. a5 Ba6 16. Bf1 Bxc4 17. Bxc4 Nxc4 18. axb6 Nxb6 seems equal:

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Oct-10-19  Ironmanth: An amazing game; surely worthy of much study and conjecture. WOW! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all keep playing out there in chessland; be kind to your opponents...but beat them if you can!
Oct-10-19  SandyJames: Without further ado -

Oct-10-19  Pawn Slayer: If 9...Qx3+ is indeed found to be sound, this could be the game of the century so far.
Oct-10-19  belgradegambit: Murali thought for 21 minutes before playing Qc3 so I doubt any of it was home prep. Impressive.
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  Breunor: Wow! The queen sac was brilliant, a ‘true’ sac.

But the whole game is terrific, including the conversion to a winning endgame and then the conversion.


Oct-10-19  catlover: An exceptional game. I like the game title as well. <paavoh>, is it a reference to Luke 6:38?
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  paavoh: Thanks <catlover>! Seeing this amazing sacrifice, the title just popped in my head but I did not recognize that particular reference. BTW, I love cats too.
Jan-12-20  ndg2: I don't understand where white went wrong. Amazing game.
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