"At This Moment I Became Quiet As a Mouse and Humbler Than the Dust..." How Karjakin Eliminated Andreikin

Время публикации: 22.09.2015 23:45 | Последнее обновление: 23.09.2015 04:20

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Another tiebreak match of the 1/8 finals was deciding who of two Russian GMs would stay in Baku and who would start packing his luggage - Sergey Karjakin or Dmitry Andreikin.

At that moment neither Karjakin nor Giri could be sure they will talk to each other in the playing hall again

Alexander Bakh to Dmitry Andreikin: "Castling with both hands? Not recommended..."

"I have such a bad score against Andreikin in rapid and blitz as well as in classical games that I took the tiebreak pretty calmly, - the winner told Chess-News after everything had been over. - Although seriously speaking, I think I am not bad in rapid so it wasn't my ultimate goal to defeat him in classical games. He didn't play for a win in the first classical clash, and I tried to push a little in the return game but he played very accurately. Thus, the equal score was logical."

In the first rapid game, I chose a long fight by playing 1.c4. Its result decided the outcome of the match. Objectively, Andreikin had a big advantage, but mutual time trouble made it clear we were playing on three results. His 40...e5 was a blunder and after 41.Ne3 I was already better. He also blundered a nice blow afterwards...


After taking 43.Ng4xe5 I already saw I had Qh8+. At this moment I became quiet as a mouse and humbler than the dust. I hoped he would blunder and that happened.  
43...Rc8-c3? 44.Qh8+!
I knew that I might have been better even without that blow, but it would still be pretty complicated.." 1-0

Listen to Karjakin's full commentary (in Russian) in the audio player

"I take this competition pretty philosophically, - Karjakin confesses. - I could lose against Onischuk. The match against the Chinese player went well but you can't always win in the classical games. Regarding the today's match, I thought if it was written I would be eliminated. I fought till the end and I am happy to advance to the next round." 

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2720"] [ECO "A11"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Caro-Kann defensive system"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "4158814"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. d4 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Ne5 Nc6 9. O-O Bf5 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Nd3 Bf5 13. Ne5 e6 14. h3 h5 15. f3 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Nd7 17. g4 hxg4 18. hxg4 Bxg4 19. fxg4 Nxe5 20. Bd4 Qh4 21. Qe1 Qxg4 22. Rd1 Nf3+ 23. Rxf3 Bxd4+ 24. Kf1 Be5 25. Qd2 Rc4 26. Qe3 Bg7 27. Qxa7 Rb4 28. b3 Rc8 29. Rdd3 Qg5 30. Nd1 Rg4 31. Qxb7 Rf8 32. Ne3 Bd4 33. Rxd4 Rxd4 34. Qc7 Rd2 35. a4 Rb2 36. Nd1 Rb1 37. Rd3 Rc1 38. Qh2 Rfc8 39. Kf2 Qf6+ 40. Bf3 e5 41. Ne3 d4 42. Ng4 Qg5 43. Nxe5 R8c3 44. Qh8+ Kxh8 45. Nxf7+ Kg7 46. Nxg5 Rxd3 47. exd3 Rc3 48. a5 Rxd3 49. a6 Rd2+ 50. Ke1 Ra2 51. Ne6+ Kf6 52. Nc5 Ra5 53. b4 Ra2 54. b5 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2720"] [BlackElo "2762"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [WhiteFideId "4158814"] [BlackFideId "14109603"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Nd2 Bd6 5. c3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. Bg3 Nc6 8. Ngf3 b6 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. f4 Ne7 11. Qc2 c4 12. Be2 Nf5 13. Bf2 Be7 14. Ng4 Nxg4 15. Bxg4 Nd6 16. f5 exf5 17. Bxf5 Nxf5 18. Qxf5 Qc8 19. Qf3 b5 20. h4 a5 21. h5 h6 22. Bh4 Re8 23. Nf1 Qe6 24. Kf2 Bf8 25. Ng3 b4 26. Nf5 Qe4 27. Raf1 Bc8 28. Ng3 Qxf3+ 29. gxf3 a4 30. Ne2 a3 31. cxb4 Bxb4 32. Nf4 axb2 33. Nxd5 Rxa2 34. Rb1 Ba5 35. Rhg1 Kf8 1/2-1/2

Karjakin's rival in the quarterfinal is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.  
Information on the competition



Qh8+ must be known to every

Qh8+ must be known to every Russian schoolboy from Game 10 of Petrosian-Spassky 1966. Lesser known is that Petrosian had a similar Qh8+ shot against Simagin in the 1956 Soviet champ.

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