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Sergey Karjakin vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Cuernavaca Young Masters (2006), Cuernavaca MEX, rd 6, Feb-08
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  0-1



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Feb-09-06  glenfiddich: Threatens 35....Rg1 mate The only defense is 35. Rg2, but that loses to 35...Rxg2 36.Kxg2 Ne1.
Feb-10-06  Bobak Zahmat: My God, what happened to Karjakin? He is totally outplayed by Vallejo-Pons.
Feb-10-06  percyblakeney: 33. Rxd5 was a blunder by Karjakin, Ra1 would have been much better, for example 33. Ra1 e1Q+ 34. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 35. Kg2 Re2+ 36. Kxf3 Rxc2 and white is pawn down in a rook endgame.
Feb-12-06  Whitehat1963: It's easy to say that 33. Rxd5 was a blunder, but isn't 31...Rxf3 a brilliant stroke! In the ending, black's knight rules! It couldn't be placed in a better spot. By the way, (and I'm sure that Karjakin thought about this at least briefly) what happens if 34. Be4? I'm sure it still loses, but what's best play?
Feb-12-06  XMarxT3hSpot: 34 Be4 Nxe1 35 Bxd5 Nd3 and the pawn queens.

I dun understand why 34.Be4 is necessary. Not that it's inferior to 34.Rxe2, it's just that the idea of 33.Rxd5 is to decoy Black's rook which is protecting the e-pawn.

Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: Perhaps this was the beginning of the downfall for Karjakin this tournament.
Feb-16-06  Coleman: Pons has been playing in very high level tounaments for several years now. I used to feel bad for him whenever he'd play Kasparov, but it looks like he's learned a lot from of those 2700+ tactics. Good show Francisco!
Feb-17-06  refutor: i wonder about using 5. ...a6 to backdoor into the open lopez. if it works, it looks like a great way to avoid the exchange variation. any thoughts?

despite the draw, white got a better position (IMO) in

Vescovi vs G Milos, 2005

Mar-20-06  notyetagm: What a great combination by Vallejo Pons.
Jun-13-11  ahmadov: Oh my God! I could find the decisive final move on Guess the Move in a matter of seconds...

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