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Sergey Karjakin vs Sergei Movsesian
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation (B80)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-09  botvinnik64: CGames:
You Rock! Let us see Kamsky-Aronian...
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  eternaloptimist: I can't stand playing ♕ endings...too many lines to analyze...your brain gets fried. In a lot of scenarios even if u are up a few ♙s u still can't win because u can't get away from the checks. Although, Karjakin won this game, so u have to give him credit. ♕ endings normally aren't easy to play.
Jan-27-09  KingG: Fantastic achievement by Karjakin.
Jan-27-09  Wild Bill: Cangratulation to Karjakin.

<Sneaky>, I have always attributed the famous words "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" with Curly Howard.

Jan-27-09  messachess: Karjakin showed affinity for engame play early--that win over Kramnik. It's a ways to go, but round 13 is Dominguez-Karjakin--for first place?
Jan-27-09  suenteus po 147: Excellent game (though I had to miss the end...stupid higher education) and a pleasure to watch through all the complications. If Karjakin can keep this up Corus might be the breakthrough tournament he has been waiting for. Now if we can only get that rematch with Nakamura settled :)
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  chancho: Great endgame technique by Karjakin.
This youngster will be a contender for years to come.
Jan-27-09  Eyal: Position after 40.Ka5:

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A critical moment just before the time control - with 40...Qxb2! Movsesian could have held the balance: 41.b7 Qa3+ 42.Kb6 Qb3+ 43.Ka7 (43.Ka6 Qd3+!; but not 43...Qa3+?? 44.Qa5) 43...Qa3+ 44.Kb8 (only way to avoid the checks) 44...h3! 45.Qc8+ (45.Kc8 Qa6) 45...Kg7 46.Qxh3 Qd6+ and Black gets a perpetual.

Jan-27-09  Strongest Force: This is the game that has made me a Karjakin fan.
Jan-27-09  AuN1: ouch. that's gotta hurt for movsevian.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I didn't get to see much of the game this morning, but I saw 35.Kb3 and knew at once that this was a stellar move. Karjakin was willing to sacrifice both of his straggling pawns to get his King to support the advanced passer. The active King, esp. in comparison with Black's, made the difference.

And guess what? He didn't even lose either pawn.

Jan-27-09  shintaro go: Excellent game. Nice to see players battling out instead of taking quick draws in this year's Corus.
Jan-27-09  Travis Bickle: Two Super GM's battle it out like chess was meant to be played! Great game!!
Jan-27-09  Augalv: <Strongest Force: This is the game that has made me a Karjakin fan.>

That's good :)

Jan-27-09  Augalv: Commentary at:
Jan-28-09  ahmadov: I wonder why ratings are not included in the score sheet here...
Jan-28-09  ahmadov: By the way, congratulations to Sergey for this important win in the tournament!
Jan-28-09  paavoh: <Eyal> Did you check any White move alternatives for 41.b7 after 40.- Qxb2? How about e.g. 41.Qd8+ followed by 42.Qxh4 and K trying to find cover using the b6 pawn and the Q (eg. Qh4-b4)? I do not have access to any engines to blundercheck this...
Jan-28-09  Eyal: <paavoh: How about e.g. 41.Qd8+ followed by 42.Qxh4 and K trying to find cover using the b6 pawn and the Q (eg. Qh4-b4)?>

It doesn't avoid a perpetual... 41.Qd8+ Kg7 42.Qxh4 Qa2+ 43.Kb5 (43.Qa4 Qd5+ doesn't help) 43...Qd5+ 44.Ka6 Qa8+ 45.Kb5 Qd5+ 46.Kb4 Qd6+ etc.

Jan-28-09  paavoh: <Eyal> Thanks for your help, looks convincing to me!
Jan-28-09  Ulhumbrus: 25 Rg5!! is the stratagem which leads to a win.

The idea is to bring the Rook to the b file and so to the defence of White's King, whereupon White's c pawn will be free to advance.

In that case White's passed pawn will then be ahead in development of Black's passed h pawn.

This is what happens, and White's more advanced passed c pawn helps to win the ending.

Jan-28-09  THE pawn: I can't believe I missed that game. Karjakin played with such accuracy, normally even GMs have a hard-time during queen endgames. 63.Qd6! was probably the final blow and as some pointed out, 40...Qxb2 might have saved black.

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  Richard Taylor: Excellently played ending by Karjakin
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  GrahamClayton: A very instructive ending, which is worth the time studying in detail.

In the few Q + P endings that I have had in my games, I seem to find the "quiet" non-checking moves that may stop a perpetual check the hardest to find. I usually just seem to check, check and then check some more!

Jul-24-09  returnoftheking: Compare this ending with
E Alekseev vs F Caruana, 2009

According to some kibitzers Rybka suggested 49 Rd8 in that game. Rooks are exchanged and at the cost of a pawn the king can help another promote.

Not unlike this game of Karjakin, imo.

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