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Sergey Karjakin vs Daniel Stellwagen
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-09  Marmot PFL: Karjakin so far played 4 Sicilians - 2 wins with white and 2 draws with black. He seems better prepared right now than his young rival Carlsen.
Jan-22-09  Chlipchlop: After 14. Bc5, I see black in trouble.
Difficult to point precisely where's the mistake, but as black I would not prefer to let a dark bishop go to c5 for nothing.
Jan-22-09  Augalv: From the official site:

<Karjakin won against Stellwagen after trying a very interesting new idea in the Taimanov. 13.Qf2 and 14.Bc5!? (see diagram 3) sent black to the think tank, and for a while Daniel was playing the best moves. He cleverly solved his king’s precarious position by sacrificing an exchange for a pawn - a decision that gave him enough compensation for the material. Soon however, time pressure raised its ugly head for the Dutchman, and things started to go wrong. 31...Ne4! aiming for Nc3 would have been better than 31...Rc8, later 33...e5 at once was necessary, and finally on the last move of the time control, 40...Bc6! was needed to stop white’s rook penetration (and if 41.Rb6 e4!, defending). After the time control was reached, white was already better, and with the trade of the black rook (45...Ne6 avoiding the pin would have been more stubborn), the rest was simply mopping up by the Ukrainian.>

Jan-22-09  Augalv: Commentary at:
Jan-23-09  belgradegambit: Moves like 14 Bc5! are impossible for a patzer like me to find.
Jan-25-09  notyetagm: 13 ... ?

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13 ... ♗b4x♘c3

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14 ♗e3-c5! <zwischenzug>

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Karjakin's brilliant 14 ♗e3-c5! is the <ZWISCHENZUG OF THE YEAR> so far.

<14.Bc5! Threatening Bd6.>

<14 ♗e3-c5! is a *stupendous* <IN-BETWEEN MOVE> by Karjakin, stunning to an patzer like me: <<<Karjakin just calmly ignores the fact that he has just lost a whole piece(!) and makes a bigger threat.>>>>

FM Charles Hertan would be proud.

Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: and Black thought he was just exchanging
Jan-26-09  notyetagm: Should it be 14 ♗e3-c5! or 14 ♗e3-c5!! ? I cannot decide.

What an *incredible* <ZWISCHENZUG> by Karjakin, regardless, this 14 ♗e3-c5!(!).

13 ... ♗b4x♘c3

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14 ♗e3-c5!(!)

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I personally go with 14 ♗e3-c5!! myself, but I am a patzer.

Jan-26-09  WhiteRook48: I think I'd annotate it 14 ♗e3-c5!!! but I'm a patzer
Jan-27-09  notyetagm: <WhiteRook48: I think I'd annotate it 14 Be3-c5!!! but I'm a patzer>

Agreed, fellow patzer. :-)

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  Richard Taylor: Stellwagen make blunder?
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  Richard Taylor: 14. Bc5 looks fairly obvious to me - I would have probably found that in a blitz game. Sure it's a nice move...but I have often been in positions such as this in the Najdorf...

Sorry to sound unimpressed! It IS an interesting game - but there are other parts of it I find more puzzling.

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  Richard Taylor: I mixed up my games I was thinking of a a game where Karjakin was Black...thisis Paulsen - similar themes to the Najdorf though...

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