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Viswanathan Anand vs Sergey Karjakin
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 6, Mar-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-23-08  Augalv: Game Anand Vishy - Karjakin Sergey, 6th Round Rapid.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8..

Here we have Breyer variaton, very firm, very hard to break defences.You can say it's a fortress.

10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 c6 15.b3 g6 16.Bb2 Qc7 17.b4 bxc4 18.bxc4 exd4 19.Bxd4 a5 20.Rb1 Bg7 21.Qd2 Ba6 22.Bd3 Nc5 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.e5 Nd7 25.e6 fxe6 26.Qe3 Rad8

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Here we have a complicated position, about equal but both sides must proceed with caution.White is a pawn down but he will regain it soon.

27.Ne4 Ne5 28.Nxe5 Qxe5 29.Rb6..

Better than 29.Qxc5

29..Bc8 30.Rxc6 Bb7 13.Rxc5 Qd4 32.Qxd4 Rxd4?!

32..Bxd4 is much better 33.Rc7 Ba8 with only slight pull for White.Bishops are saving the day.

33.Rc7 Ba8 34.Bc2..

Here Karjakin has some problems.If you compare game and 32..Bxd4 line you will surely notice that right now Black has the resource 34..Rf8 with pressure on f2.With R on d4 that's not a option.


Trying to activate a bit.At least some false activity to scare the opponent :)


To be honest I don't see point of this move. Maybe Anand thought that everything here is good.35.g3 is doing nothing, with pawn on h3 White avoids any back rank tricks so why not 35.Ng5 with edge?! Here we can expect that White will take on e6 and save one of the Q pawns, nice advantage for first player, good chances to bring the point home.


Maybe 35..Bxe4 with next Rd2?!

36.a3 Be5!?

Again 36..Bxe4 is possible.

37.Rc5 Bg7 38.Kf1 Bf8 39.Rc7 Bxe4 40.Rxe4 Rxe4 41.Bxe4 Bxa3 42.Ra7 draw.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin.

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