Friday, September 11, 2009

mating attack out of nowhere

(1) Aronian,Levon (2773) - Karjakin,Sergey (2722) [E55]
2nd Grand Slam Masters Bilbao (2), 07.09.2009
[Mueller,Karsten ]


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.Qe2 b6 10.Rd1 cxd4 11.exd4 Bb7 12.d5 Bxc3 13.dxe6 Bxf3 14.gxf3 fxe6 15.bxc3 Qc7 16.Ba3 Nc5 17.Rd4 Kh8 18.Re1 Rac8 19.Qe5 Qf7 20.Bc1 Nd5 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.Qxd5
A mating attack out of nowhere. Generally speaking, when queens have been exchanged, you don't expect to be caught out by a mating attack. However, just such an attack was Sergey Karjakin's undoing, because when playing

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22...Qxf3? he underestimated the power of the attack which followed: [After 22...h6 23.Qxf7 Rxf7 24.Re3 Kh7 there is little left for Black to fear.]
23.Qxf3 Rxf3 24.Re7! Rxc3?
Karjakin neglects his defence too much. After [24...Kg8 25.Rxa7 Rf7 he should order his rook back to defensive tasks.]

 

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25.Be3 Ra3 26.Rg4 h5 27.Rg5!
[Of course, not 27.Rgxg7? Black can exchange rooks by 27...Rg8 28.Bd4 Rxg7+ 29.Rxg7 Rd3= ]

 

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27...h4?
[Only 27...Rd8 28.Rxh5+ Kg8 29.Rg5 Kh8 30.Rgxg7 Rg8 31.Bd4 Rxg7+ 32.Rxg7 Rd3 allowed tougher resistance and held out for longer.]
28.Bd4 Kh7?!
allows White to weave a mating net. [The counter attack 28...Ne6 29.Rh5+ Kg8 30.Rxe6 h3 is better, but in the long run it is beaten off by 31.Be3 Rxa2 32.Rxh3+- ]
29.Rgxg7+ Kh6 30.Bb2 1-0

 

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