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Sergey Karjakin vs Michael Roiz
European Team Championship (2007), Heraklion GRE, rd 3, Oct-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Oct-31-07  MATE101: why does karjakin lose in this game?
Oct-31-07  zluria: He's a piece down with zero compensation.

I've seen this sort of thing happen to Roiz a few times. The thing is, Roiz is a strong Grandmaster whose real genius lies in technical endgame play. In this arena, in my opinion, he is one of the greatest players now living.

So, say that you are Sergey Karjakin, and you have to play this Roiz fellow. You will be thinking: I don't want to play a listless middlegame and go into a level endgame against this guy, because then my chances of winning are nil and I might even lose. The only way to make my superior chess ability felt is to smother him in middlegame complications and go for the kill!

The problem is, manufacturing a big middlegame attack against a strong grandmaster is a delicate business, and often the attacker overreaches, as happens in this game.

So, Roiz's endgame prowess often results in middlegame wins because of his opponents over risky middlegame play.

Oct-31-07  whithaw: Very insightful commentary. I find insights such as yours about Roiz to be highly intersting. Strong endgame play must be very helpful, but I have always found it difficult to practice the endgames. I have always had the suspicion that endgames hold a wealth of opportunity for a skilled player. Over the board, I usually lack the guts/skill to convert endgames, even when I later find that they are often winning (if I had only found a few key moves.)

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