Ruy LopezC89

Karjakin S. (2762)
Svidler P. (2727)

FIDE World Cup 2015 (7.9)
Baku, AZE, 2015

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Re8 15. Rxe8+ Qxe8 16. Nd2 Qe1+ 17. Nf1 Bg6 A known theoretical position. Karjakin, a known theoretical monster, commits a blunder when he still has several normal choices (h3, Bxd5 and g3 have all been played by grandmasters). He instead blunders immediately. 18. Bc2? b4? 18... Nxc3! 19. bxc3 what else? Ne2+ was coming. 19... Qxc3 and the double attack on c2 and a1 gives Black a winning position. 20. Bg5 (20. Be3 Qxa1 21. Qxc6 Rd8) 20... h6! (20... Qxc2) 19. c4 b3 20. Bd1 Nb4 21. Bd2 Qe5 22. Bc3 Qc5 23. Bxb4 Qxb4 24. Bxb3 Karjakin is up two pawns, though Black still has some compensation on this one. White's pieces are very passive. 24... Qb6 25. Re1 Bc5 26. Ba4 26. Re2 simply defending everything first looked good. 26... Rd8 27. Rd1 Qxb2 Svidler manages to grab one pawn back, and suddenly his position is not so bad. 28. Bxc6 Bh5 Svidler's trick isn't so good 28... Rxd3! 29. Rxd3 Bxd3= was a better way of going at it. 29. Rb1?? The following moves are very hard to explain, so I'm not going to try except by throwing out words like blitz, pressure, exhaustion, etc. 29. g4! Bxg4 30. Qxg4 Qxf2+ 31. Kh1 Rxd3 32. Rb1 and Black has nothing except a piece deficit. 29... Qxb1?? 29... Bxf3 30. Rxb2 Bxc6 is instant resigns. Black is up a piece for two pawns that will fall very soon. 30. Qxh5 Bxf2+?! 30... Qb6 31. Bd5 Bxf2+ 32. Kh1 Qf6 was cleaner. 31. Kxf2 Qb6+ 32. Ne3 Qxc6 33. Nd5 White has no compensation for his missing material. His king is exposed and Black can create real threats. 33... Qd6? 33... Qc5+ 34. Kf1 Qa3 34. g3 h6 35. Qe2 Rb8 36. Kg2 Kh8 37. h4 Qa3 38. Kh3 Qc1 39. Nf4 Qb2 40. Qe7 Qb7 41. Qe5 Qd7+ 42. Kh2 Kg8?? Hanging a rook... 43. Qxb8+ What a terrible feeling for Svidler. From pushing hard with Black to simply dropping his rook. 1-0 [Alejandro Ramirez]

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