Men's Superfinal: Sergey Karjakin Was Afraid to Get Into Mark Dvoretsky’s "Tragic Comedies"

Время публикации: 10.08.2012 22:48 | Последнее обновление: 10.08.2012 23:08

Sergey Karjakin was among those who have struggled to win the game in the 7th round of Superfina of lthe Russian Championship. It’s worth mentioning that as well as Alexander Grischuk, who did so earlier, Sergey has not only managed to win his first game, but defeated his close rival Evgeny Alekseev in the fight for trophies. Before the game Alekseev was one point ahead of Karjakin.

KARJAKIN - ALEKSEEV

Sergey was quite aware to comment the current rook endgame “two pawns against one on opposite sides”. “Of course there is a mathematical position evaluation, but both sides may have equal chances in the game. Sergey (and it seems quite right) has mentioned that 40...Ra3 is a mistake. Instead of this black should have chosen 40...Rf3.

At the moment when there were only six pieces left on the board (white grabbed the opponent’s last pawn) Yury Dokhoyan, who was present during the analysis, remarked that it is far more useful to open Nalimov’s endgame tables and stop struggling for nothing. Karjakin, however exclaimed that he was by all means more afraid to get into Mark Dvoretsky’s “Tragic comedies” with such an endgame. “If there is a win here and I fail to find it, it will then be clear that everyone will tease me for not knowing the endgame and thus it will be a great shame” – Sergey said.

As a result Karjakin had to assume that thus he had quite a "drawish" mood (that's what Sergey wrote in his Twitter the night before) yet the string of draws couldn't get him entirely stuck in it. 

[Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.10"] [Round "7"] [White "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Black "Alekseev,Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2785"] [BlackElo "2673"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. Nf3 Re8 8. g3 Qe7 9. b4 e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Bb2 Nc6 12. Bg2 Nd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Qd2 Bg4 15. f3 Be6 16. Bxd4 Bxc4 17. e4 Nd7 18. Qc3 b5 19. Bxg7 f5 20. Bh6 fxe4 21. O-O-O a5 22. bxa5 Nc5 23. Bf1 Nb3+ 24. Kb1 Nxa5 25. Bc1 Qe5 26. Qxe5 Rxe5 27. fxe4 Bxf1 28. Rhxf1 Nc4 29. Rd7 Rxe4 30. Rff7 Nxa3+ 31. Bxa3 Rxa3 32. Rg7+ Kh8 33. Rxh7+ Kg8 34. Rdg7+ Kf8 35. Rxc7 Rb4+ 36. Kc2 Rc4+ 37. Kb2 Rxc7 38. Rxc7 b4 39. Kb1 Rb3+ 40. Kc1 Ra3 41. Rc2 Kg7 42. Rb2 Rf3 43. Kb1 b3 44. Re2 Kg6 45. Kb2 Kg5 46. Ka3 Kg4 47. Re4+ Kf5 48. Rb4 Rf2 49. h4 Rg2 50. Rb5+ Ke4 51. Rxb3 Rc2 52. Rb4+ Ke5 53. Kb3 Rf2 54. Rb5+ Kf6 55. Kc4 Rg2 56. Rg5 Rd2 57. Rg8 Kf7 58. Rg4 Kf6 59. h5 Rh2 60. Rg6+ Kf7 61. g4 Rd2 62. Rg5 Rd1 63. Rd5 Rg1 64. Rf5+ Kg7 65. Rg5+ Kh6 66. Rg6+ Kh7 67. Kd5 Re1 68. g5 Ra1 69. Rc6 Rg1 70. Rc7+ Kg8 71. g6 Rg5+ 72. Ke6 1-0 

After seven rounds six players (more than half of the participants) are taking the lead with 6 points. As a matter of fact, starting from round 8, which will take place tomorrow at 3 P. M. (Moscow time), the struggle for the trophy will de-facto start from the very beginning.
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