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Daniil Dubov vs Sergey Karjakin
"Dubov's Immortal" (game of the day Dec-29-2020)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2020), Moscow RUS, rd 11, Dec-16
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Center Attack (C53)  ·  1-0

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Dec-28-20
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  fredthebear: Let's briefly discuss alternative moves in the (C54) lines.

5.d3 is three times more popular in this Opening Explorer database than 5.d4. Frankly, 5.d4 games are difficult to find among the top GMs. Anand, Carlsen, and Kramnik much prefer 5.d3 lines, nearly always at faster time controls.

The notes by Stockfish say "better is 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Nxe4 8.Bxb4 Nxb4 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 = +0.21" However, top GMs rarely play this line.

7.Bd2 is about 1 1/2 times more popular in this database than 7.Nc3. However, 7.Nc3 has a better win percentage due to older games (pre-Soviet era) featuring numerous traps that informed modern defenders no longer fall for.

7...BxBd2+ is three times more popular than 7...Nxe4.

It's also interesting that after 9...KxBf7 going all the way back to Gioachino Greco (c. 1600 – c. 1634), Black wins almost twice as often as White in this database in a fairly small sample size of 85 games. https://www.chessgames.com/perl/che... Someone else will have to explain why Stockfish says White is slightly better.

It seems that such 5.d4 White lines are a potent surprise against the unprepared, but not suitable for regular use among top GMs because Black can prepare lines that equalize or better if s/he suspects it will be played against. The computer has changed modern play by helping Black blunt sharp attacks. Still, these Italian Center Attacks are quite useful for Joe Six-Pack against Your Average Bear in over-the-board play.

Dec-28-20  paavoh: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...
Dec-29-20
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  al wazir: I think 25. d7 gives black more problems than 25. dxc7. Now Rxg7 and Bxg7 followed by d8=Q are both strong threats.
Dec-29-20  Brenin: GOTY?
Dec-29-20
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  Messiah: I sincerely hope the assignment of the title "Dubov's Immortal" is premature, although it must be insanely difficult to play a significantly more pleasing game than this one. Daniil is a very good raw material for being a big big future champion - nothing is settled, nothing is guaranteed, we should wait patiently for at most a 10-15 years to see what eventually happens. I think he will never reach the toppest-tightest top for a prolonged time, remaining a Chigorin/Keres/Portisch/Korchnoi/Timman/Ivanchuk- -like evergreen player with an average of 1-5 ultra-excellent games per year.

Go Doobie! Have a huge future!

Dec-29-20  areknames: Like has been pointed out 7...d5 looks normal here and should perhaps have been played but surely Dubov was prepared for that.
Dec-29-20  Ironmanth: Wonderful game; can't wait to see what Daniil might eventually do at the very highest echelon...no wait, he's already there!
Dec-29-20  offramp: There are loads of chess "Immortal" games, but there is one that stands out: Smyslov vs Filip, 1958.

The two tallest players in chess history produce the <I'm More Tall Game>.

Dec-29-20  fisayo123: This is a great great game but its arguable if its even Dubov's best game or the best game of the tournament. Matlakov and Fedoseev played an amazing game as well.

Dubov's hand was all but forced to make the Queen sac. It wasn't a bolt from the blue.

So its gotten a lot of publicity but labelling it as an immortal game is quite excessive.

Dec-29-20  rune ohlsson: Great game ??
12. --- g5
13. Bg3 a5
14. bxa5 Bxa5
15. Bb3 0-0
How could White handle that?
Dec-29-20  goodevans: <fisayo123 > You might well be right about M Matlakov vs V Fedoseev, 2020. Awesome game.
Dec-29-20  RandomVisitor: After 20.Rxe6 black has good drawing chances in a pawn-down ending by returning the material:


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Stockfish_20122510_x64_modern:

<61/89 29:24 +0.16 20...Qc6 21.Re7+ Qxc4 22.Rxg7+ Kh8 23.Rxc7+ Rxf6 24.Rxc4> Rxd6 25.Rxc3 Bd4 26.Nxd4 Rxd4 27.a3 Rad8 28.Kf1 R8d7 29.Ra2 Rd2 30.Rxd2 Rxd2

Dec-29-20
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  fredthebear: Some say Dubov made the "Move of the Year" in 2019: D Dubov vs A Giri, 2019
Jan-05-21
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  Everett: Doesn’t 7..d5 solve Black’s opening problems here?
Jan-18-21  Zibbit: I analyzed this fantastic game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRO...

Also check out Lagarde trying out this idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Re...

Jan-26-21
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  phenstyle: 6. b4 is like the 5th line the engine sees, it's a mistake but really complicated..how come a pro can't punish it...I would get punished for it lol
Jun-25-21
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  0ZeR0: Even if Dubov never ascends the chess throne or becomes a top ten player I think he will always be a player to watch. One who is highly interesting and entertaining. This is also how I feel about Wei Yi.
Jul-03-21  cormier: sf Depth 34

-0.32 8.O-O d5 9.exd6 O-O 10.b5 Nxd6 11.Bd3 Ne7 12.cxd4 Bg4 13.Nbd2 Bxd4 14.Rb1 Bf6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4

-0.75 8.b5 d5 9.exd6 Nxd6 10.Be2 Na5 11.O-O O-O 12.cxd4 Bg4 13.Nc3 Nf5 14.Rb1 Qd6 15.Qd3 Rad8 16.Be3

-1.12 8.Bd5 Nxc3 9.Nxc3 dxc3 10.Bg5 Ne7 11.O-O h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 d6 15.exd6 O-O 16.Rac1

Jul-04-21  cormier: sf Depth 43

-0.62 10.a4 a5 11.b5 Ne7 12.O-O O-O 13.Be4 d5 14.exd6 Qxd6 15.Qc2 h6 16.Qxc3 Nd5 17.Qc2 Be6 18.Ba3

-0.71 10.O-O Ne7 11.a4 a5 12.b5 Nxd5 13.Qxd5 d6 14.Be3 O-O 15.Rfc1 dxe5 16.Qxe5 Be6 17.Qxc3 Rc8 18.Rd1

Jul-04-21  cormier: sf Depth 33

-1.14 12....g5 13.Bg3 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 d6 15.exd6 O-O 16.Rac1 cxd6 17.Rxc3 Be6 18.Qxd6 g4 19.Nd2 Qxd6 20.Bxd6 Rfd8

-1.08 12....c2 13.Qd3 g5 14.Bg3 Nxd5 15.Qxd5 O-O 16.Rac1 Qe7 17.Rxc2 Qxb4 18.Rc4 Qa5 19.Qxa5 Bxa5 20.h4 b5

Jul-04-21  cormier: sf Depth 31

-0.31 15.Bf6 Nf5 16.Qd3 d5 17.exd6 Qd7 18.Bxc3 Qxd6 19.Qe4 axb4 20.Bxb4 c5 21.Bc3 Nd4 22.Bxd4 cxd4 23.Rad1

Jul-04-21  cormier: 12...g5 13.Bg3 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 O-O 15.Rac1 d6 16.exd6 cxd6 ⩱ -0.95 (27 ply)
Jul-04-21  cormier: sf Depth 37

-0.09 15....Nf5 16.bxa5 Rxa5 17.Qc2 d5 18.exd6 Qc6 19.Bxc3 Rc5 20.Ne5 Rxc3 21.Qd2 Bxf2+ 22.Qxf2 Qxd6 23.Nxf7 Qf6

Jul-04-21  cormier: 15...Nf5 16.Qd3 d6 17.exd6 Qd7 18.Bxc3 Qxd6 19.Qxd6 Nxd6 = -0.29 (27 ply)
Jul-25-21  VerySeriousExpert: About the early opening stage.The typical Italian blow 7...d5! could lead to Black's very good positions. Further, I disagree with some experts that "Dubov started in Evans gambit style", sorry. Thus, it's Bird's Attack style. After 6.b4?! Bb6 the straight White's attack 7.e5 d5 8.Bb5 Ne4 9.cxd4 (or 9.Nxd4 Bd7!) makes the material equal. But Wing ("Evans") gambit style can lead to an advantage in several theoretical cases (first of all, I recommend here the following article by Yury V. Bukayev: https://chessproblem.my-free-games.... ).
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