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Sergey Karjakin vs Wesley So
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Aug-31
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Domdaniel: So has achieved a typical White formation in the Advance French - with Black. Which looks strong, though White's logical counter is c4.

As an immediate Nb6 loses material to the pin ...Rb7, White could also try Rb3 or Rb4 to protect the Rook - though it's then vulnerable to Black's Knights. This could be winnable for Black, but a draw is more likely if Rooks are exchanged.

Aug-31-11  wordfunph: it's official 1/2!
Aug-31-11  allan.dinglasan: Yehey Draw!!!
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  Richard Taylor: Is a Rapid game? Too many of these trashy Rapid games these days.
Aug-31-11  nanobrain: the white king flees. Wesley's e7 B must now go to c4
Aug-31-11  wordfunph: ...and Sergey should be wary of So's white pieces tomorrow.
Aug-31-11  target4Q2011:

this will be drawn in few more moves ...

Aug-31-11  putot: draw na nga mga tol...

Good Game GM So!!!

Aug-31-11  target4Q2011:

and i type slower than my browser!

Aug-31-11  Asap123: with whites a and h pawns still alive, black has to be very careful. Knights can some times be hopeless against these pawns. White has advantage thanks to his bishop
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  Domdaniel: Drawn. Maybe Black can't make progress, but I'd say time is a factor.
Aug-31-11  Pyke: <Richard Taylor> TIME CONTROL: Start with 90 minutes; add 30 minutes at move 40; add 30s/move from move 1.
Aug-31-11  nanobrain: Not a bad draw!
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  Richard Taylor: Great draw game! Wa gong poo top kwanga deegle!! Hee!!
Aug-31-11  allan.dinglasan: Almost perfect moves were executed by both sides...
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  Richard Taylor: Pyke - fair enough.....oh for the days of 2 and 1/2 hours for 40 moves...when real chess was played.
Aug-31-11  putot: good game GM So!!!
Aug-31-11  wordfunph: <chessgames> thanks for covering the live game of Karjakin-So, CG rocks!

amigos, see you tomorrow..

Aug-31-11  target4Q2011:

<oh for the days of 2 and 1/2 hours for 40 moves...when real chess was played.> real chess?

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for participating in today's live broadcast. Stop back tomorrow at the same time, when Wesley has the White pieces against #1 seed Sergey Karjakin.

Game starts at 5:00am USA/Eastern (11:00 CET) -- hope to see you then!

Aug-31-11  iking: 14. .... Bb7 is Wesley's novelty move

14. ... 0-0 Tamir Nabaty vs Ding Liren - T Nabaty vs Ding Liren, 2011

14. ...a5 Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus - CarlsenKarjakin vs Carlsen, 2011 ~

Aug-31-11  whiteshark: I think this is one of the most boring lines, the Petroff of the French, so to say.
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  Domdaniel: <whiteshark> Surely the 'Petroff of the French' is the Exchange Variation, 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 ...? Right down to the identical pawn structure, vacant e-file, and dull reputation? They can even transpose, though it's unlikely in practice.

The Steinitz Variation is tedious in a different way. But at least it's a proper French, with a pawn on e6 with ambitions to reach e5 once the enemy occupier is evicted.

And then ... then you can agree a draw.

Aug-31-11  pulsar: My problem with the <I think this is one of the most boring lines, the Petroff of the French> statement is when someone who says it doesn't really understand the fight involved in a game, say, this one. This game is boring to you because of the opening? Chess is boring then.
Sep-01-11  vsaluki: Very quiet game. Looks like So had the better pawn structure. He shut the board down so that Karjakin had nothing to do. Look at Karjakin's bishop for example. It has no attacking options. His knight can do nothing but retreat to B2. And the options for his rook are limited and unagressive. I don't know if So's positional play was that flawless or just a little lucky. Hopefully someone better at the game than I am will comment.
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