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Sergey Karjakin vs Etienne Bacrot
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0

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Jan-19-06  aktajha: Great game by Karjakin!

He's doing really well this tournament; with only 1 lost game so far...hopefully he'll keep on playing so well to go for the medals!

Jan-19-06  Whitehat1963: Indeed, excellent performance. I love the queen trap.
Jan-19-06  bane77: I think 21.Ng4! is the move. Black should try with 20...Nxe4 or maybe 20...Rxe4 and taking d5 pawn with b7 bishop.
Jan-20-06  strobane: Beginner's question:
Why did black resign?
Jan-20-06
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  Sneaky: Coming up is Be5 and Qxg7#
Jan-20-06  AdrianP: I was surprised to find out that the 17. Ra3 idea is of fairly old vintage - played many times in the Kasparov-Karpov 1990 match.
Jan-20-06  csmath: Played many times with computers (I am sure Karjakin knows that, he used to play a lot on ICC). This is still a potent variation, one of the most dangerous in Ruy-Lopez and does not allow black any room for error.

Impressive game by Karjakin.

Jan-20-06  firebyrd: <strobane> Beginners answer:

Karjakin has already a sizeable material advantage, Queen (9) for Rook and pawn (5+1). In addition he has a big positional asset in a possible mate in two (Be5 - Qxg7) that Bacrot must guard against, and he cannot do so without losing more. Last, Karjakin's king has no problems escaping any checks from the black rook, either by going to the h-file (brobably best), or by closing in on the rook.

Jan-20-06  djmercury: The famous Flohr-Zaitsev (used by Karpov as his main defence against Kasparov in the Ruy Lopez opening in many games) variation once again suffered a defeat. I don't know if Ng4 was a novelty, but is not a winning move. Bacrot mistake was 26. ... Bg6, better was Qe8, then 27. Nxh6 Qg6 28. f3 Qxh6 29. Rxe4 and white has only a slight advantage.
Sep-21-16  Howard: Just where was the decisive error? Was it really Black's 26th?

After ten years, maybe we could have some updates.

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