Karjakin - Svidler: A Perpetual Check Cost Two Sacrificed Knights

Время публикации: 20.11.2011 19:01 | Последнее обновление: 20.11.2011 19:02

The fifth round of Tal Memorial was marked with a quick draw in Karjakin – Svidler encounter. Svidler applied a novelty on the 9th move.

Perhaps, Karjakin’s choice of transferring his b1-knight to d5 wasn’t the best decision as long as Black got equal as White chances.

The 15th move went with Svidler sacrificing pawn for initiative.

“I understood that either I will play 15...Nd7 or I’ll give up chess immediately after. It was a matter of self-respect” – said Svidler at the press-conference. He couldn’t refuse to use a rare chance of sacrificing a pawn with check.

Karjakin didn’t follow the variant 17.Ng4 Rh8 where Black has a powerful compensation for the pawn, he decided to sacrifice his knight instead – 17.Nf5+. This was followed by a forced sacrifice of another knight, which means White didn’t claim to get more than a perpetual check.

Svidler tried to play for a win - 21...Kh5 missing a strong 22.Qg7!. However, Black could find no less powerful 22...Bf3!, forcing a draw. 


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