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Sergey Karjakin vs Dmitry Jakovenko
ACP World Rapid Cup (2010) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 4, May-29
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Black's game took a big nose dive from being a pawn up on his 40th move to being busted by a simple double attack on White's 63rd turn.

Instead of 40...f5?, perhaps 40...Bd8! would enable Black to hold on to his extra pawn with some winning chances.

Instead of 53...Bf4+, perhaps hoping for the cheapo 54. Kd3?? Rd2#, Black could go for the Bishop versus Rook ending with 53...Bxc3 54. Kd3 Rxa2 55. Rxa2 Bxb4 56. Rb2 Bd6 57. Rxb5+ Ke6 = (table base draw).

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  gawain: It's surprising to me that we do not see more errors like Jakovenko's under the time pressure of rapid and blitz games, even at GM level.
Jun-15-10  reztap: Must be too easy. I saw solution right away.
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  chrisowen: Jakovenko takes his foot off the gas. Parking the rook adjacent bishop's line of sight tears it. Viewing a lot of these Spanish games recently, time for addressing it. Black misses the unattended eager threat of Rxe5! Karjakin pulls a fast one. A take off of an amped up Marshall playing an early d5. Mens rea, chin up Jak grab the wheel next time.
Jun-15-10  DarthStapler: Got it easily
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  kevin86: Rxe5+! Too easy for a Tuesday.

But what % of us had found the move if this was a real game and were not looking 4 it?

Jun-15-10  felixd: I think that every chess player with a rating above 1200 would find that over the board in less than 5 seconds.
Jun-15-10  TheaN: Tuesday 15 June 2010


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 0:06;357 (!)

Material: White up, ♙

Candidates: <[Rxe5†]>

For some reason I spotted this instantly so I can't really say anything about the thinking process :). White can abuse a fork with:

<63.Rxe5† Kxe5 64.Bc7† > and the only thing White has to watch for is giving away or exchanging the c-pawn, leading to a draw.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <whiteshark: This is the way the <ACP World Rapid Cup (2010)> ended.>

<Peligroso Patzer: *** I did not really follow that event, but from consulting the link [, it appears this was the seventh [and last] game contested between these two opponents in the final round. (The other six games were all draws.) By game 7, were they playing blitz or possibly even Armageddon?>

I would still be curious if anyone can enlighten this discussion whether this might have been a blitz or an Armageddon game. Given that it was the “End of the World (Rapid)”, there would have been a perverse aptness if it were an Armageddon game.

In any case, as I envision the scene, I can imagine Jakovenko reacting to the game’s tragic-comic denouement by first giving forth a whimper, and then banging his fist on the table. Thus, whatever may be the manner of the ending of the world as envisioned by T. S. Eliot, the way the World Rapid ended was probably with <both> a whimper and a bang.

Jun-15-10  YouRang: Quite easy (easier than yesterday, IMO). Basic set up for a bishop fork and winning endgame.
Jun-15-10  Dr. J: At move 62, the game is even more drawn that might first be apparent:

A) If the rooks are exchanged, then gives the bishop for the c-pawn, and the resulting position is drawn (wrong colour bishop).

B) If the bishops are exchanged, then the resulting position is drawn (albeit with difficulty) even after White wins the b-pawn (provided Black does not permit his king to be cut off from the corner).

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Dr. J: At move 62, the game is even more drawn that might first be apparent: *** >

Well, I tend to agree that with accurate play, Black should have been able to hold the position after 62. Ba5. Nevertheless, there are many rook plus minor piece endgames that offer the stronger side practical winning chances notwithstanding that either exchange of pieces would lead to an elementary draw.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <KokeFischer: Some comments: 1.- Many rational moves chosen by Black different [to] 62. ... Rb8 would have [lost] anyway. *** >

But in the position after 62. Ba5, it seems that if Black simply toggles his King between e4 and f4 it would be very difficult (if not impossible) for White to make progress. Am I missing something?

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  fm avari viraf: Once, in a lifetime, most of us have been a victim to such a simply combo. Even, myself have fallen a prey to such an easy combo. But, I have won many games with this simply technique.
Jun-15-10  MaczynskiPratten: According to the link this was an Armageddon game, White had 5 min and must win, Black had 4 min. So a draw would have been enough for Jako to take the title! Even more sickening...

I saw a similar sickener just the other day in a local team comp. White had had an advantage all the way, swapped Queens into a probably winning pawn ending but pushed his pawns in the wrong order and actually lost. He actually only needed a draw for his team to win. They drew 2.5-2.5 and then lost the cup on board count... I felt as sorry for him as I did for Robert Green on Saturday...

Jun-15-10  Arcturus: Crazy !!
Looking at comments here I saw the phrase "Armageddon Chess" and I never heard of that so I looked it up. When I did I was scrolling through the A's ( at wiki ) and also saw "Alekhine's gun" ANOTHER phrase I was not familiar with. I made a point to remember it for the next time I, if ever, see it in a game.

The very next game I look at was : Gelfand vs Wang Yue, 2010 and there it was on move #35.

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  scormus: Classic one-two sets up TKO
Jun-15-10  WhiteRook48: duh Rxe5+ obvious
Jun-15-10  turbo231: I was going to give up early about 2 minutes when all of a sudden it hit me up side of the head. Good thing because I didn't feel like trying to solve a puzzle today.
Jun-15-10  reti: This was an easy puzzle, but we needed an easy one today because we have tough puzzles last week.
Jun-15-10  M.Hassan: 63.Rxe5 Kxe5
64.Bc7+ Kd
White has Bishop and 2 pawns, Black, a pawn that can be taken by white king 1-0
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  Peligroso Patzer: <MaczynskiPratten: According to the link <this was an Armageddon game>, White had 5 min and must win, Black had 4 min. So a draw would have been enough for Jako to take the title! Even more sickening... *** >

Thank you, <MaczynskiPratten>, for that observation.

The link that refers to this as an Armageddon game is: ACP World Rapid Cup (2010) . (See the comment by <DCP23:> on page 3 of the linked thread.)

Jul-11-10  Jason Frost: Pretty surprising to me that Jako didn't go for the immediately obvious 53...Bxc3 draw, via RvB ending, and instead kept bishops on the board.
Jul-11-10  Shams: <Jason Frost> Are you saying 53...Bxc3 54.Kd4 Bxb4 55.Kxc2 is an easy draw?
Jul-14-10  Jason Frost: <Shams> No, I'm saying 53...Bxc3 54. Kd4 Rxa2 55. Rxa2 Bxb4 is an easy draw.
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