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    Entries in Sergey Karjakin (51)

    Monday
    May022016

    More Elite Chess: Russian Club Championships Underway in Sochi; Ding Liren vs. So Starts Wednesday

    The Russian Club Championship started on Sunday, May 1 and continues through May 10. Among the heavy hitters who have played so far there's Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler - to include only the players over 2750 - and Vladimir Kramnik is supposed to jump in at some point as well.

    On Wednesday, Ding Liren and Wesley So will begin a four-game match in China. (Or maybe there will be four classical games and some additional rapid and/or blitz games. All I know thus far is the very little given in the "Future Events" section of this page. Further details would be appreciated.)

    Monday
    Apr112016

    Svidler Interview

    Here's an interview with Peter Svidler. It's not bad, but a good part of the fun is seeing the link to a 1989 video where you can see him and Kramnik as very young teenagers.

    Saturday
    Apr092016

    Another Karjakin Interview

    Here. The headline is "I am not afraid of Magnus!", but that doesn't even rise to the level of "dog bites man". Even if the mere thought of Magnus Carlsen caused him to break into a cold sweat, he's not going to say that he's intimidated in any way. Moreover, while the headline makes it sound as if Karjakin was making a bold proclamation, laying down the psychological gauntlet, the fact is that he said it only after about 27 questions about Carlsen culminating in an assertion from someone else (Daniil Dubov) that he - Karjakin - wasn't afraid of Carlsen. Karjakin simply agreed, without an exclamation point.

    Instead, the really juicy bit, though it's only a possibility and not a settled fact, is that Vladimir Kramnik might end on Karjakin's team. If it happens, that would be a huge boon for Karjakin. Kramnik is on the short list of the world's best-prepared players, and his experience would be invaluable to Karjakin as well. The battles between Kramnik and Carlsen over the years have been good ones, so while a match between the two would have been best a proxy war of sorts wouldn't be a bad substitute. It hasn't happened yet, though, and I suspect that even if it does we won't hear about it until after match, and even then maybe not unless Karjakin wins it.

    Friday
    Apr082016

    This Week's World Chess Column: The Resilience of Karjakin and Khalifman

    As those who have watched my various video lecture series over the years are probably aware, I'm a fan not just of what's new in chess, but of the game's history as well. So in my column this week I make reference to Sergey Karjakin's gritty performance in last year's World Cup - without which he wouldn't have made it to the Candidates and a World Championship match with Magnus Carlsen - and use that as a springboard to remember Alexander Khalifman's amazing run to the FIDE (knockout) World Championship title in 1999.

    Friday
    Apr082016

    Grand Chess Tour: Karjakin Out, Carlsen (Partially) In

    Read more here. The bit that's getting all the attention is a tweet from London Chess Classic organizer Malcolm Pein. In response to a tweet from (Norwegian) Tarjei J. Svensen, who expressed the view that Sergey Karjakin's decision to skip the Norway Chess supertournament was "disrespectful...towards the organizer, the players and the entire chess world", Pein upped the ante:

    Preparation? Nah - he's just chickening out - pathetic, pleased we didn't invite him to Grand Chess Tour

    I'm inclined to agree with Pein's choice of the word "pathetic", but think it should be applied to his comment instead. Svensen has a point, though it's a little overstated (for one thing, the player who gets to take his spot is getting a great opportunity and a nice payday), but "chickening out"? If there's one thing Karjakin has a reputation for, it's that he is an extraordinarily resilient fighter. It also seems remarkably unwise of Pein to alienate someone who might be the world champion at year's end. (He's an underdog, but it certainly isn't impossible for him to win the title.)

    Maybe the moral is that forums like Facebook and Twitter can make fools of us all.

    Wednesday
    Apr062016

    Karjakin Drops Out of Norway Chess Due to Exhaustion and Carlsen Prep

    Sergey Karjakin has dropped out of the Norway Chess supertournament, which starts in about a week and a half (on April 18). The reasons are exhaustion (not just from the Candidates, but from the whirlwind of press activity he has had in its wake) and because he is (already!) preparing for his World Championship match with Magnus Carlsen in November. (This is a very good sign: Karjakin is taking this as seriously as he ought to, and the result should be a great match. Carlsen will rightly be a favorite, but I don't think he's so much of a favorite that he can beat peak Karjakin without playing something near his absolute best.)

    Withdrawing at this late date puts the organizers in a bit of a bind, and it is also unpleasant for whoever takes his place - probably but not yet definitely Jon Ludwig Hammer. Of course it's a great opportunity for him, but having less than two weeks rather than two months to prepare isn't very helpful for the (by far) weakest player in the field, excepting Nils Grandelius who won a spot in a qualifier a few weeks ago.

    Saturday
    Apr022016

    Excerpts from Karjakin Interviews

    The pro-Russia rah rah occasionally goes over the top, but in general Sergey Karjakin's post-Candidates tournament comments, compiled here from several interviews, are interesting and certainly worth a look.

    Tuesday
    Mar292016

    Carlsen Predicted A Karjakin Win!?

    That's a bit too strong, as someone can have better chances than any other individual but not have better chances than the rest of the field combined. Still, even in the more modest sense Magnus Carlsen opined (in advance) that Sergey Karjakin was a slight favorite to win the Candidates in a very even field because of his defensive abilities, his resilience, and his strong preparation. He was right on the money!

    Google translation here. (HT: Eyal)

    Monday
    Mar282016

    Karjakin Defeats Caruana in the Final Round to Win the 2016 Candidates

    While it's frankly a pity to have the tournament decided by tiebreaks (a perspective I'm guessing both Vladimir Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana share) it did make for an exciting final game between Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana. Provided that Viswanathan Anand didn't manage to defeat Peter Svidler with the black pieces (and he didn't, and didn't come close to doing so), Caruana would need to defeat Karjakin with Black to overcome the latter's favorable tiebreak score.

    Winning to order with Black isn't easy, in part because White has many ways to dry up the game if he so desires. Caruana opted for the Classical Sicilian, and managed to get a complicated game with good chances. All three results were possible as the players grew closer to the time control, and the critical moment came on move 36. Had Caruana played 36...Be4 or 36...Bf3, anything would have been possible, but to his misfortune he spotted the tactical possibility 36...Re4, which apparently retains an extra pawn. Unfortunately for him, it lost to the nice rook sac 37.Rxd5 - an especially nice find by Karjakin under the circumstances. After that, Caruana was simply losing, and resigned a few moves later, when it was mate in three.

    An excellent win for Sergey Karjakin, who deserves congratulations on winning the event - especially for bouncing back after losing to Anand in round 11. On now to the World Championship against Magnus Carlsen this fall in New York. In general Carlsen has a huge plus against Karjakin in faster games, but in Classical chess his plus score is a relatively moderate one: +3 -1 =14. Karjakin is a better theoretician and a better defender, while I'm inclined to give the other edges to Carlsen and rate him a clear but not overwhelming favorite.

    That's many months away still. For now, here is the last round game, with my comments.

    Monday
    Mar282016

    Candidates Update: Karjakin, Caruana Enter The Last Round Tied; Will Play in the Last Round with Karjakin Having Draw Odds...Almost

    So it's come down to the last round, and the only two players who can win the event are facing off for the right to play Magnus Carlsen in the next World Championship match, to be held later this year. Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana are still at +2, half a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand, and while only the first two named have a shot at winning the event Anand can play the spoiler.

    Here's the situation: Karjakin has White against Caruana in the last round, while Anand has Black against Peter Svidler. Karjakin wins the event unless one of two scenarios come to pass:

    • (1) Caruana wins (obviously).
    • (2) They draw and Anand wins.

    If Karjakin-Caruana is a draw and they're the only two players tied for first, Karjakin takes first on tiebreaks. They will have split their head-to-head matchup, and the next tiebreaker (more wins) decides things in Karjakin's favor. If it winds up in a three-way tie, however, Caruana wins because he had the best score in the head-to-head-to-head: he went +1 against Anand while the other two mini-matches were even.

    Both possibilities are attractive. If Karjakin wins, then the match the chess world has expected since 2003 or so will finally taken place, while Caruana has looked like Carlsen's likeliest rival since 2014. Both are also good from a publicity standpoint: Karjakin represents Russia while Caruana represents the U.S., which is especially good since the championship match is going to be held here.

    In round 13 both Karjakin and Caruana played for more than 100 moves. Caruana was pushing in his game, trying to grind out a win against Svidler in a rook and bishop vs. rook ending (and near the end he briefly had a theoretically winning ending, though I'm not sure if he had enough moves to convert before the 50-move rule kicked in), while Karjakin had to grimly hang on in his game with Levon Aronian. Both players are young and fit (especially Caruana), but how much will they have left after a marathon game at the end of a long tournament?

    In other round 13 action Hikaru Nakamura won again, at the expense of Veselin Topalov, who lost again. Nakamura thus made it back to 50%, while Topalov sunk to -5. Remarkably, Topalov is the only player in the field with a minus score. The other game saw Anish Giri get his 13th draw in 13 games, this one against Levon Aronian. Giri has played a lot of interesting, up and down games, and this was one of them. Somehow, they just end in draws, no matter what happens along the way there.

    Last Round Pairings:

    • Svidler (6.5) - Anand (7)
    • Giri (6.5) - Topalov (4)
    • Nakamura (6.5) - Aronian (6.5)
    • Karjakin (7.5) - Caruana (7.5)