Karjakin's Sacrifice

Время публикации: 23.04.2013 22:26 | Последнее обновление: 23.04.2013 22:26

Alexey Dreev supposes Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's position was practically indefensible

In Round 5 of Grand Prix Zug Sergey Karjakin faced Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and gained his first win in the tournament.


Russian GM chose the classical line of the Caro-Kann, although recently 3.e5 became almost an obligatory move (Sergey himself usually plays the line with e5). We asked to commentate on what has happened next in the game the recognized expert of this opening GM Alexey Dreev:

"Shakhriyar has started playing Caro-Kann just recently, so perhaps, he lacked experience of playing such positions.
13...Qb6 Not an obligatory move at all. We can say that Black started experiencing problems, in this specific game, exactly here.
14.Rhe1 0-0 15.Nf5 Bb4?! If Black has played 13...Qb6, it should have quickly collect oneself and go for 15...exf5 16.Rxe7 Qd8. The position is not equal, but it's defendable. 

16.Nxh6+! A typical sacrifice which was clearly prepared at home. Formally this is a novelty, but it just suggested itself. Earlier White either took on b4 or moved the knight on e3.  
16...gxh6 17.c3 Ba3 18.Bc1 The machine first gives Black a slight advantage, but after some time it shows the equality. As long as Black has an extra piece, it also has a very sharp position. That's clear even without computer. Believe me, for I have played quite a lot of those Caro-Kann positions: the sacrifice on h6 is very unpleasant. I would assume in a practical play Mamedyarov's position is already indefensible.   

Well, maybe the first victory will cheer up Karjakin who has hardly shown his best play in Zug till today. His first round game against Nakamura and especially the endgame part of the 4th round game against Morozevich were played weakly and it's a fortunate that at the moment Sergey has a plus score and is among the leaders. Today he played one of "his" typical games: outplayed the opponent in the opening, gained the planned attack and converted the advantage."   

[Event "Renova FIDE GP Zug"] [Site "Zug SUI"] [Date "2013.04.23"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B19"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, Spassky variation"] [EventDate "2013.04.18"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Kb1 Qb6 14. Rhe1 O-O 15. Nf5 Bb4 16. Nxh6+ gxh6 17. c3 Ba3 18. Bc1 Rfe8 19. g4 Nh7 20. c4 Bf8 21. g5 hxg5 22. Nxg5 Nxg5 23. Bxg5 Kh8 24. Rg1 Qc7 25. Qf3 f6 26. Bf4 Bd6 27. Qg3 Nc5 28. Bxd6 Qh7+ 29. Ka1 Ne4 30. Qh4 Rg8 31. f3 Ng5 32. Qf4 Qf5 33. Qxf5 exf5 34. Be7 Nxf3 35. Rgf1 Rg3 36. d5 cxd5 37. cxd5 Kg7 38. Rd3 Kf7 39. Bd6 Nh2 40. Bxg3 1-0

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