The Russian Team Championship: First Nineteen Moves in the Games Karjakin - Svidler and Morozevich - Caruana Were Identical

Время публикации: 12.04.2012 17:00 | Последнее обновление: 12.04.2012 20:11

In the fourth round of the Russian Team Championship, which is currently under way, two games arrived to the identical position after 19 moves. To be more precise, the first 19 moves were identical copies of each other. And it happened not just on any boards, but in the clashes of the leading teams that are at the focus of today's attention.

KARJAKIN ("Тomsk-400, 2766) - SVIDLER ("The Federation of St. Petersburg", 2744),
МOROZEVICH ("Economist", 2765) - CARUANA ("SHSM-64", 2767)
The Grunfeld Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 8.Be2 b5 9.Qb3 c5 10.dxc5 Be6 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.Be3 Rc8 13.Rd1 b4 (this is the variation that was earlier used by the leading Grunfeld specialist for Black - Svidler, and by the junior who recently broke into the world's top ten - Caruana) 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nxc5 16.0-0 Nce4 17.Qb1 Nd6!?
(it's probably a novelty; last year, the Dutch grandmaster Schandorff played 17...Qd6 against the German Gustafsson) 18.Rfe1 Qa5 19.Nd4 Qxd5

Here the flow of the games went in separate ways. Karjakin chose - 20.Nb5, while Morozevich - 20.Bf3. It's likely that both moves keep a little advantage for White. The battles are still in progress.

The games of the Russian League that are currently in progress can be watched live with assessments from the program "Houdini", on one of the transmitting websites -


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