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Peter Svidler vs Sergey Karjakin
Norway Chess (2013), Sandnes NOR, rd 8, May-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: he just resigns, if that answers your question.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: White still needs to relocate the Bishop on e4, so 56.Qf7 and 57.Qg6+ should decide.
May-17-13  chessdgc2: An Englishman: Uh, Good morning, Good afternoon and good evening...yes, it appears 1...Rc8 might keep him around awhile and he might even have something of a threat himself with that uh "dayum" c-pawn
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  suenteus po 147: Why not 57...g5+?
May-17-13  DcGentle: In the end Black couldn't escape checkmate.

A positive finish for me!

May-17-13  Tiggler: All over.

Here's that Nakamura-Robson game (another thriller):

Nakamura vs Robson, 2012

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May-17-13  Eyal: <Why not 57...g5+?> 58.hxg6+ Kxg6 59.Qf7+ Kf5 60.Qh5# looks rather strong.
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  plang: <suenteus po 147: Why not 57...g5+?>

58 hxg+ still looks like mate

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  suenteus po 147: Never mind.
May-17-13  Eyal: Svidler says that when he realized what an idiot he was in playing 20.Qh5 instead of 20.Qg4!, he needed 20 minutes of breathing exercises just to be able to continue the game without blundering pieces...
May-17-13  Eyal: Overall, a really fascinating commentary by Svidler on the game (on - starting from about 3:27:40). Among other things, he says that half an hour before the game he and his second noticed that 9...d5 (instead of the routine Ng6) equalizes in this line for Black - especially after 11...Nd6 (rather than Karjakin's Nxd2); and that Karjakin probably played 30...Qb6? because after 31.cxd5 he was planning 31...Bd2, but then noticed that it loses to 32.Bxh7+! Nxh7 33.Re7 Kh8 (only way to prevent mate) 34.Re8+ Rxe8 35.Qxe8+ Nf8 36.Qxf8+ Kh7 37.Bxd2 and White is left with a piece up.

Starting from 40.Qe4 he keeps saying that he "had no idea what was going on" up until 48...a3? 49.Bd6! which he calculated to a forced win. Apparently he was convinced that he should be winning but kept running into defenses by Black which he didn't foresee.

May-17-13  Fanques Fair: The best game of this tournament. Stellar performance by Svidler.
May-17-13  frogbert: <Man, the rabbis are just lethal here.>

Shams, the rabbis? You mean, the rabies? Nah... This was very bunnie! (No bun intended.)

May-17-13  Tiggler: You writing the report on round 8? Really liked the last one. Almost as if you might be about to say what you really think. Go for it!
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  HeMateMe: Talk about active Bishops! Those two white bishops did everything but stack the captured pieces back in the carrying case.
May-18-13  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Alekhine was right to say that two fools (bishops) always win against a rook but not three fools (two bishops and a bad player)
May-18-13  chessfanprag: please...can smbd explain why not 52. Kh2 Qa8 53. Bf8 Rc7 ? thnx
May-18-13  Shams: <chessfanprag> 54.Bxg7+ and 55.Qxc7.
May-19-13  Vincenze: What about 52...Qxa8 53. Bf8 Rc7
May-19-13  kellmano: <vincenze> 54. Bxg7+ then eventually get the rook and enough pawns or the queen.
May-21-13  hedgeh0g: 14.a4!!

White generates play in what could otherwise be a fairly dry position. While Svidler could possibly have utilised his initiative more effectively, the concept is a remarkable one, in my opinion.

Peter Svidler is probably one of the most underrated elite players of today.

May-21-13  Ulhumbrus: Svidler's brilliant pawn sacrifice suggests that the move 12...f6 invites White's N on e5 to head for the square e6 via d3 even at the cost of a pawn. This suggests that 12...Bf5 may be better.
May-29-13  inmate5: As a pun I propose "Whose line is it anyway?" referring to the press conference (okay, Karjakin was not even present) as well as to the exciting stuff happening on the e file (hmm... Karjakin wasn't there too much either).
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  PawnSac: < Eyal: <Why not 57...g5+?> 58.hxg6+ Kxg6 59.Qf7+ Kf5 60.Qh5# looks rather strong. >

yea so does 58.hxg6+ Kxg6 59.Be4+ f5 60. Bxf5#

both are probably winning <LOL>

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