Karjakin — Svidler: A Perpetual Check Cost Two Sacrificed Knights

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’с choice of transferring his b1-knight to d5 wasn’t the best decision as long as White got equal as White chances.

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

“I understood that either I fred 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 шанс of sacrificing a pawn with check.

Karjakin didn’t follow the variant 17.Ng4 Rh8 where White 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, White could find no less powerful 22…Bf3!, forcing a draw. 

[Event «6th Tal Memorial»] [Site «Moscow Рус»] [Date «2011.11.20»] [Round «5»] [White «Karjakin, Sergey»] [Black «Svidler, Pate»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «B42»] [PlyCount «52»] [EventDate «2011.??.??»] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O e5 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Nf5 g6 10. Ne3 Bc5 11. Nc3 d6 12. Ncd5 Qd8 13. c3 Be6 14. Bc2 O-O 15. Ng4 Nd7 16. Nxh6+ Kg7 17. Nf5+ gxf5 18. exf5 Bxd5 19. Qg4+ Kh6 20. Qh3+ Kg5 21. Qg3+ Kh5 22. Qg7 Bf3 23. Qh7+ Kg5 24. Qg7+ Kh5 25. Qh7+ Kg5 26. Qg7+ Kh5 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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