(1) Malakhov,Vladimir (2712) - Karjakin,Sergey (2760) [E32]
63rd ch-RUS Moscow RUS (11), 22.12.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Bg5 c5 8.dxc5 d4 9.Qc2 e5 10.e3
[10.Nf3 Re8 11.e3 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Bd3 Nd7 14.0-0 Nxc5 15.exd4 exd4 16.b4 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Rd8 18.Qe4 Bf5 19.Qxb7 Rab8 20.Qxa7 Be4 21.Nd2 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Qg5+ 23.Kh1 Qxd2 24.c5 Qf4 25.f3 Re8 26.Qa6 d3 27.Rad1 Re2 28.Qd6 Qxd6 1/2-1/2 Morozevich,A (2771)-Anand,V (2791)/Nice 2009/CBM 129 Extra]

10...h6 11.Bh4 Re8 12.0-0-0 Nc6 13.Nf3

[Black didn't need to give up the pawn as the c5 pawn is as good as dead unless White has a self-destructive desire to give his king lots of breathing room. 13...Bg4 developing the bishop, and freeing the c8 square for either queen or rook was better. 14.Be2 Bh5 with the idea of Bg6. If 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Bxh5 g5 17.Bxg5 hxg5 18.Bf3 Qd7 and Black is ok.]

14.exd4 exd4 15.cxb6 axb6 16.Bd3 Qd6 17.Kb1 Bg4 18.h3 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Ne5 20.Bg3 Qc6 21.Be4 Nxe4 22.Qxe4 Qxe4+ 23.fxe4 Nxc4 24.Rxd4 Rxe4 25.Rhd1 Rxd4
[25...Rae8 26.a4 f5 27.b3 Na5 28.Kb2 And Sergey has a very difficult endgame ahead of him, though surely this was better than ejecting his piece as he chooses to do?]


It is hard to explain this desperado move, other than last-round nerves.

27.bxa3 Rxa3 28.h4 Rf3 29.Kc2 Rf5 30.Kd3 b5 31.Ke4 Rc5 32.Rd5 Rc4+ 33.Kd3 Rb4 34.Kc3 Rb1 35.Kc2 Rb4 36.Rf5 f6 37.Kc3 Rb1 38.Rf4 Kf7 39.Rb4 Rc1+ 40.Kd4 Rd1+ 41.Ke4 Ra1 42.Rxb5 Ra4+ 43.Kd5 Ra6 44.Rb7+ Kg8 45.Ke4 Ra5 46.Rd7 Kh7 47.Rd5 Ra4+ 48.Kf3 Kg6 49.h5+ Kf7 50.Rd7+ Kg8 51.Bf4 Kh7 52.Rc7 Ra5 53.Kg4 Ra2 54.Be3 Ra4+ 55.f4 Ra1 56.Bd4 Ra6 57.Bc5 Kg8 58.Kf5 Ra2 59.Rc8+ Kh7 60.Bf8 Kg8 61.Be7+ Kh7 62.Ke6 Ra4 63.Kf7 Ra7 64.Rc2 Ra4 65.Rg2 Rxf4 66.Rxg7+ Kh8 67.Rg6 1-0