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Alireza Firouzja vs Murali Karthikeyan
"Give and You Shall Receive" (game of the day Feb-06-2020)
Asian Continental (2019), Xingtai CHN, rd 5, Jun-11
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  0-1



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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!
Oct-05-19  paavoh: "Give and You Shall Receive" submitted...
Oct-10-19  areknames: A positional Q sac at move 9? Brilliant stuff, and what a well-deserved GOTD. Thanks to <sonia91> for the informative links.
Oct-10-19  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.
Oct-10-19  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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Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: 11. Bd3 exf2+ 12. Kxf2 Nbd7 13. Re1 b6 14. a4 (SF):

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Oct-10-19  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?
Oct-15-19  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.
Jan-24-20  positionalgenius: Wow! What an incredible game!
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  OhioChessFan: This is spectacular. It's so good, it makes me want to teach random strangers how to play chess, and then replay this game for them.
Feb-06-20  offramp: < Ironmanth: An amazing game; surely worthy of much study and conjecture.>

It really is. I like that struggle around the maverick black pawn on e3: White was desperate to take it, and Black did everything he could to hold on to it.

A small kudos to White for the defensive idea 30.Qxc5! Modern chess GMs do not miss a trick when they are defending, and it makes modern games fascinating.

Feb-06-20  Kingpin1965: [Event "Asian Continental"]
[Site "Xingtai CHN"]
[Date "2019.06.11"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Alireza Firouzja"]
[Black "Murali Karthikeyan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E71"]
[WhiteElo "2682"]
[BlackElo "2593"]
[Annotator "Tactical Analysis 3.0 (10s)"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2019.06.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nf3 Qa5 8. Nd2 0.01/12 (8. Bd3 $14 0.65/11) 8... cxd4 $11 9. Nb3 -0.77/13 (9. Bxd4 $11 0.08/11 remains equal. Nc6 10. Nb3) 9... Qxc3+ ♗lack is better. 10. bxc3 dxe3 11. f3 Nh5 $1 ♗lack has strong compensation. 12. Qc1 -1.24/13 (12. Nd4 $142 -0.80/10 Ng3 13. Rg1) 12... Bh6 13. g4 Nf4 And now ...e2! would win. 14. Kd1 [#] Ne6 $1 Threatens to win with ...e2+! 15. Kc2 Nc6 16. h4 Hoping for g5. Bf4 17. Qd1 Ne5 18. Nc1 Bd7 19. a4 Rac8 20. Ne2 [#] Bh6 $1 21. g5 Bg7 22. Bh3 Nxf3 (Don't do 22... Nxc4 23. Qd3 $15) 23. Qd3 Ne5 24. Qxe3 Nxc4 25. Qf2 -2.31/9 (25. Qd3 $142 -1.63/10) 25... Rc5 26. Rhb1 Bc6 27. Bg2 f5 28. gxf6 Bxf6 29. Rf1 $2 -4.32/7 [#] (29. Qg3 -2.20/8 might work better.) 29... Bxc3 $1 $19 30. Qxc5 (30. Kxc3 Ne3+) 30... Nxc5 (♘ot 30... dxc5 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Kxc3 $17) 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Kxc3 Ne5 33. a5 Nxe4+ 34. Bxe4 Bxe4 Endgame ♔♖♘-♔♗♘ 35. Nd4 Bd5 36. Nb5 a6 37. Nc7 Bc6 38. Rf1+ Kg7 39. Ne6+ Kh6 40. Rf8 Kh5 41. Rh8 h6 (Worse is 41... Kxh4 42. Rxh7+ Kg3 43. Rxe7 $11) 42. Rh7 Kxh4 43. Rxh6+ Kg4 44. Nd4 Kg5 45. Rh2 Bd5 46. Re2 Kf4 47. Rf2+ Nf3 48. Re2 e5 ♗lack is clearly winning. 49. Nc2 Be4 50. Ne3 d5 White must now prevent ...d4+. 51. Kb4 Nd4 52. Re1 Kf3 Accuracy: White = 64%, ♗lack = 70%. 0-1

Feb-06-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Both sides actually made positional queen sacrifices. Amazing game.
Apr-15-20  jith1207: I'm amazed how much time it took for both of them to get into that much complication right from the start and sort it out until the end, with a lot of unexpected twists and turns.
Sep-15-20  Chesgambit: Ne2?? Nd3
Sep-15-20  Chesgambit: Bd3 better than f3 And not Ne6 Nd3
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