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Vadim Milov vs Sergey Karjakin
World Rapid Championship (2014) (rapid), Dubai UAE, rd 2, Jun-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  0-1



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Jun-16-14  kia0708: Karjakin put Milov to the sword.
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  Penguincw: When I first saw the title of this game, I thought it was Karjakin's famous Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002. However, that's clearly wrong.

Anyway, I see I went for 25...Bxh2+ 26.Kh2 Bf3, getting the move order wrong again (well not really, since Bxh2+ was never played).

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  thegoodanarchist: Why not resign?

If you defend against 33...Qf3# then you at best lose the hanging Bishop.

Aug-08-15  stacase:  

Sometimes you see it, and sometimes you don't. 25...Bf3 didn't immediately jump out, but it finally did look like the right thing to do.


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This sacrifice is so standard versus the e3, f2, g2, h2 pawn formation that after seeing the first five moves I figured the move had to be right. My only concern was that I might have missed something even better.
Aug-08-15  CommaVid: This puzzle is hard, cause I went for the mate (which I did not find, after 30. Re2 I settled with Bxg3 which I'm sure is weaker than the game move) instead of the loose piece. 25.... h3 doesn't seem bad either now I think about it.
Aug-08-15  morfishine: I had <25...Bf3> which was not too hard to find once I turned the board around (!)

I continued 26.gxf3 Qg5+ 27.Ng3 exf3 28.Qd1 when Black has to worry about the f-pawn falling. I see White continued 27.Kh1

<Penguincw> Black cannot play 25...Bxh2+ due to 26.Nxh2


Aug-08-15  izimbra: <25..Bf3> is an amazing move to find in a Rapid game. I didn't get it. I saw that <25...h3> was a decent move for Black but not winning. In fact, White was fine after <25.Qc2> and then Black has nothing better than <25..h3>. The combination works because after <25.Bf3 gxf3...exf3> White has no good response to the eventual f2, whereas the White Q could capture Qxf2 if it were on c2 rather than b1. Kf2 doesn't work because after Ng3 and Kf2, the White h pawn is undefended. Very impressive if Karajakin really worked that out in a rapid game.
Aug-08-15  Abdel Irada: <thegoodanarchist: Why not resign?>

I think White *did* resign, since if he stops the mate, he is soon to be a bishop and a pawn to the bad.

Aug-08-15  thickhead: <Chrisowen> ???!!!
Aug-08-15  ChessValley: I think Chrisowen couldn't have put it any better!

What would have been the best continuation for black after 26 g3?

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  patzer2: Here's my look at the game and today's Saturday (25...?) puzzle with the opening explorer (OE) and Deep Fritz 14:

<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2> The popular choice is 5. Bd3 as in A Dale vs Wei Yi, 2015.

<5... d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. b4> This is the second most popular move.

Most often played is 8. g3 as in
Carlsen vs W So, 2015.

The Fritz preference is 8. Nf4 as in Tomashevsky vs Karjakin, 2013 or A Fier vs E Karavade, 2015.

<8...c6 9. Ng3 Be6> This appears to give Black a slight advantage.

Another good option for Black is the popular choice 9... Re8 as in A Smirnov vs Tomashevsky, 2009.

<10. Bd3 Nbd7> This was first introduced in A Shimanov vs Wang Hao, 2011, and has been good for Black. There are four games with 10...Ndb7 in the OE, and Black won all four of them.

<11. O-O b5 12. Bd2> The game enters previously unexplored territory.

<12...Nb6 13. Nce2 g6 14. Nf4 Bd6 15. Bc2 Nc4 16. Bc3 Qc7 17. Nd3 Rae8 18. Nc5 Bg4 19. Qc1 h5 20. Re1 h4 21. Nf1 Ne4>

Fritz prefers 21...h3 even though it fizzles out to a level game after 22. g3 a5 23. bxa5 Bxc5 24. dxc5 Nd7 25. Bd1 Bxd1 26. Qxd1 Nxc5 27. Qd4 Qe5 28. Qxc5 Qxc3 29. Qxc6 Qxa5 30. Reb1 Rd8 31. Qxb5 Qc3 = (-0.14 @ 21 depth).

<22. Bxe4 dxe4 23. a4?> This slight mistake turns the game in Black's favor.

Instead, White can hold with 23. h3 when play might continue 23...Bh5 24. Nd2 Nxd2 25. Qxd2 Qe7 26. Rec1 Bc7 27. Na6 = (+0.29 @ 23 depth).

<23... Qe7 24. axb5 cxb5 25. Qb1?> This is the decisive error, allowing Black's surpise winning reply.

Instead, White can maximize resistance and hold on with 25. Qc2 when play might continue 25...h3 26. Nxe4 Qxe4 27. Qxe4 Rxe4 28. f3 Bxf3 29. gxf3 Re7 30. e4 Rc8 (-0.60 @ 21 depth)

<25...Bf3!!> This strong move wins the game and solves our Saturday puzzle.

My attempted solution was 25... h3 (-0.51 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 14) which gives Black a good game, but is not as strong as the game continuation.

Surprisingly, Fritz finds a win for Black after 25...h3 26. Qxe4 Qxe4 27. Nxe4 Rxe4 28. f3 Bxf3 29. gxf3 Re7 30. e4 Rc8 31. Kf2 Nb6 32. Re3 Bf4 33. Rd3 f5 34. Ng3 Rc4 35. Ne2 (35. exf5? Nd5 36. Ra3 gxf5?? 37. Nxf5 Rec7 38. Be1 Rc2+ 39. Kf1 Rxh2 40. Ng3 Rcc2 41. Kg1 Rcg2+ 42. Kf1 Bxg3 43. Bf2 Rxf2+ 44. Kg1 Rhg2+ 45. Kh1 Rf1#) 35... Bxh2 36. e5 Nd5 37. Rh1 Bf4 38. Rxh3 Rec7 39. Rh1 R4c6 40. Be1 Rc2 41. Kf1 Bc1 42. Nxc1 Rxc1 43. Rd2 R7c2 44. Rxc2 Rxc2 45. Rh3 Ne3+ 46. Kg1 Rg2+ 47. Kh1 Re2 48. Bh4 Nd5 49. f4 Re4 50. Bg5 a6 51. Ra3 Nxb4 52. Be7 Rxd4 53. Bxb4 Rxb4 54. Rxa6 Kg7 ( 2.77 @ 27 depth).

<26. gxf3>

If 26. Ra2, Black wins after 26...Qg5! 27. Ng3 (27. g3? Qf5 ) 27... hxg3 28. hxg3 Re7! 29. gxf3 exf3 30. Ne4 Qf5 31. Nd2 Qh5 32. Nxf3 (32. Qd3 Nxd2 33. Rxd2 f5 34. Qf1 Rh7 ) 32... Qxf3 (-3.95 @ 20 depth).

<26... Qg5+ 27. Kh1 exf3 28. Ng3 hxg3 29. fxg3 f2 30. Re2 Bxc5>

This wins but even stronger is 30... Bxg3! which threatens 31. hxg3 Qh5+ 32. Kg2 Qxe2 .

<31. dxc5>

If 31. Rxf2, Black wins easy with 31...Qd5+ 32. Rg2 Bd6 .

<31... Rxe3 32. Rxe3 Qxe3 0-1>

White resigns due to the dual threat 33...Qf6# and 33...Qxc6 .

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  patzer2: <ChessValley> If 26.g3, then 26...Bxc5 or 26...Qg5 are both good winning moves.
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  kevin86: Black will mate or promote to a queen.OR mate...
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  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The first idea that comes to mind is 25... Bf3, threatening 26... Qg5. For example, 26.gxf3 Qg5+ 27.Kh1 exf3 28.Ng3 hxg3 29.fxg3 (29.hxg3 Qh5+ 30.Kg1 Qh3 followed by 31... Qg2#) 29... f2 30.Rf1 Bxg3 31.hxg3 (due to the threat 31... Qh4) 31... Qxg3 32.Rxf2 Qxf2 - + [R+2P vs B].

That's all I can do today.

Aug-08-15  fokers13: this was surprisingly easy for a saturday puzzle

had more trouble with some thursdays.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Abdel Irada: <thegoodanarchist: Why not resign?>

I think White *did* resign, since if he stops the mate, he is soon to be a bishop and a pawn to the bad.>

Yes, I also think he did resign. I was just being supportive of his decision :)

Aug-09-15  Abdel Irada: It's good to be supportive. I hate it when I resign and everyone says, "Oh, man! Why didn't you play on? Black could still make nine or ten blunders and lose!"

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  perfidious: <patzer2....The Fritz preference is 8. Nf4 as in Tomashevsky vs Karjakin, 2013 or A Fier vs E Karavade, 2015.>

Played this twice that I remember (+1 -1), winning from the Erik Moskow, but would likely not try it again; on reflexion many years later, not terribly exciting. Recall a game in which the Peruvian GM Granda went for 8.g3 and had a rather more interesting game.

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