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Sergey Karjakin vs Yu Yangyi
GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Aug-10
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  fredthebear: This is a 1.Nf3 Colle-Zukertort with an active game in the center and kingside, resulting in a perpetual check draw. Black sacrifices the exchange twice, making using of his centralized knights instead. Black used a pawn lever to open the h-file for his attack.

White likely moved his knights too much. Not until 35.Qc1 did White form a battery on the open c-file. (The Rd1 was useful in a defensive role up to that point.)

Aug-23-20  UnholyMartin: To fredthebear
The exchange after 14..Nf5 was a blunder in a rapid game, nothing else.
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  fredthebear: Yes, 14...Nf5 is a blunder (suggesting that Yangyi did not plan for the exchange). Rather than resign, 16...Ne4 turns out well for Black, as the perpetual check demonstrates. White does not accomplish anything on the dark squares of his missing bishop.

"Count the pieces" as Larry Evans used to say. Being down the exchange is not fatal.

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