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Sergey Karjakin vs Peter Svidler
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-02
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: three passed pawns add up! I wonder why So allowed that, it was a time bomb.
Aug-02-17  JimNorCal: Peter is such a likable guy, sad to see him lose. Good luck in future rounds!
Aug-02-17  docbenway: HeMateMe:"three passed pawns add up! I wonder why So allowed that, it was a time bomb." I bet he's just too polite to horn into someone else's game.
Aug-03-17  Sokrates: A risky gamble by Karjakin, who put all his money on his powerful a & b pawns while his center and king side was under a huge pressure most of the game. When he managed to easen that pressure his pawn phalanx could start rolling. An interesting asymmetric battle in this game.
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  Troller: According to engines, Black initially went wrong with 16..exd4 (played after 24 minutes of thought). Granted, aesthetically pleasing as the position was after 16.c4, it was insanely complex.
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  offramp: It is after Whte plays 16. c4

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that the position really comes alive. Both players did well to handle the complications.

Aug-03-17  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 16...ed is 16...c6. We can assume that Svidler had not planned to start complications which he considered disadvantageous, so he must have miscalculated something.
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  offramp: Some chess openings seem to go in cycles.

In the very early days, the 1700s, it was the most basic Italian Game.

Then about 1830 people started playing the Evans Gambit.

When Black started defending against that people switched to the Spanish.

But when White was winning too often, Black players switched to the Berlin Defence.

When White got bored playing that he switched to the Italian Game...

And so it goes on round and round. It'll soon be time for an Evans Revival.

Aug-03-17  Howard: The late Larry Evans once said back in the 70's that openings were "like hemlines. They go in and out of fashion".
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  AylerKupp: <offramp> True, But the 1700s and 1800s version of the Italian game, characterized by a very early d2-d4 is very different than the current version with an early d2-d3 and then d3-d4 only after proper preparation. It has more similarities to the Spanish game than it does to the "classical" Italian game.

What I'm looking forward to is a rennaisance of the Two Knight's defense after 3.Bc4 since that usually leads to exciting play. And I don't think that it has ever been refuted.

Jul-30-18  1d410: Computer annotations here are a disgrace... a bunch of garble and gibberish... Please don't let this be the future of!
Jul-31-18  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: About 1830 people started playing the Evans Gambit.

It'll soon be time for an Evans Revival.>

Definitely: there are now only about 1828 people who play the Evans Gambit and global observatories are concerned that it may be an endangered species.

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