Kiev Life Rapid: Karjakin wins after eight of ten rounds

7/6/2008 – Sergey Karjakin, 18-year-old GM from Ukraine, scored in games five and seven to clinch the Life Rapid Chess Match against Nigel Short, 43, from Great Britain, a full day before it ended. The score after eight of ten rounds: 5½-2½. Together with the games and results we bring you new pictures from the action in Kiev's beautiful Academic Puppet Theatre. Savour the atmosphere.

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From 3rd to 7th of July, 2008 British Grandmaster Nigel Short, former World Championship challenger, and Sergey Karyakin, who at twelve became the youngest grandmaster in history, are playing a ten-game rapid chess match in Kiev (Kyiv). The venue is the Kyiv Academic Puppet Theatre, Grushevskogo Str., 1a, Kyiv. It is the oldest puppet theatre in Ukraine, established in 1927, and today pays host to puppet theatres from all over the world.

Days three and four

Karjakin,Sergey (2727) - Short,N (2655) [B12]
Rapid Match Kiev UKR (5), 05.05.2008
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.c4 Bc5 7.Nc3 Ne7 8.Be3 Bxd4 9.Bxd4 0-0 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bb5 Bd7 12.Be2 Nbc6 13.0-0 Be6 14.Nb5 a6 15.Nd6 Nxd4 16.Qxd4 Nc6 17.Qe3 d4 18.Qg3 f6 19.exf6 Rxf6 20.Bh5 Rh6 21.Rfe1 Qd7 22.Rxe6 Rxe6 23.Bf7+ Kh8 24.Bxe6 Qxe6 25.Nxb7 Qe7 26.Nd6 Rd8 27.Nc4 d3 28.Qe3 Qb4 29.b3 h6 30.h3 a5 31.Rd1 Qc3 32.Qb6 Qf6 33.Nxa5 Nxa5 34.Qxa5 Qd4 35.Qd2 Re8 36.Kh2 Qd6+ 37.f4 Rd8 38.a4 Qd4 39.a5 Qd5 40.b4 Qb5 41.Qc3 Qa6 42.Qd2 Qb5 43.Ra1 Rd6 44.Rc1 Qd7 45.Rc3 Qb5 46.Rc5 Qe8 47.b5 Qf8 48.Rc3 Qf5 49.b6 Qb5 50.Ra3 Rd8 51.Ra1 h5 52.Ra2 h4 53.Rb2 Qa6 54.Qe1 Kg8 55.Qxh4 Rd7 56.Qe1 Kf7 57.Qd2 Re7 58.Rb3 Rd7 59.b7 1-0.


Sergey Karjakin vs Nigel Short, life:) rapid chess match in Kiev

Karjakin,Sergey (2727) - Short,N (2655) [B12]
Rapid Match Kiev UKR (5), 05.05.2008
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.c4 Bc5 7.Nc3 Ne7 8.Be3 Bxd4 9.Bxd4 0-0 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bb5 Bd7 12.Be2 Nbc6 13.0-0 Be6 14.Nb5 a6 15.Nd6 Nxd4 16.Qxd4 Nc6 17.Qe3 d4 18.Qg3 f6 19.exf6 Rxf6 20.Bh5 Rh6 21.Rfe1 Qd7 22.Rxe6 Rxe6 23.Bf7+ Kh8 24.Bxe6 Qxe6 25.Nxb7 Qe7 26.Nd6 Rd8 27.Nc4

Pinning his hopes on the passed d-pawn Black is too impatient: 36...d3. He should have tried 27.Qe2 to win the pawn back. 28.Qe3 Qb4 29.b3 h6 30.h3 a5 31.Rd1 Qc3 32.Qb6 Qf6 33.Nxa5 Nxa5 34.Qxa5 Qd4 35.Qd2 Re8 36.Kh2 Qd6+ 37.f4 Rd8 38.a4 Qd4 39.a5 Qd5 40.b4 Qb5 41.Qc3 Qa6 42.Qd2 Qb5 43.Ra1 Rd6 44.Rc1 Qd7 45.Rc3 Qb5 46.Rc5 Qe8 47.b5 Qf8 48.Rc3 Qf5 49.b6 Qb5 50.Ra3 Rd8 51.Ra1 h5 52.Ra2 h4 53.Rb2 Qa6 54.Qe1 Kg8 55.Qxh4 Rd7 56.Qe1 Kf7 57.Qd2 Re7 58.Rb3 Rd7 59.b7 1-0.


A chess match in the famous Kyiv Academic Puppet Theatre

Short,N (2655) - Karjakin,Sergey (2727) [B23]
Rapid Match Kiev UKR (6), 05.05.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.g3 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.0-0 Rb8 8.a3 0-0 9.Be3 b5 10.Rb1 a5 11.a4 bxa4 12.Nxa4 Ne8 13.Qd2 Nd4 14.b3 Bd7 15.Bxd4 cxd4 16.Ra1 f5 17.Ra2 Qc7 18.Nb2 Rc8 19.Rc1 fxe4 20.dxe4 e5 21.Nd3 Nf6 22.c3 dxc3 23.Rxc3 Qb6 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Rxa5 Qxb3 26.Qa2 Qxa2 27.Rxa2 Bb5 28.Rd2 Bh6 29.f4 Ra8 30.Bf3 Ra3 31.Ne1 d5 32.exd5 e4 33.Bg2 Bf8 34.d6 e3 35.Rb2 Ba6 36.Nc2 Rd3 37.Nb4 Rd2 38.Rxd2 exd2 39.Nc3 Be2 40.Nbd5 Kg7 41.Nxf6 Kxf6 42.Ne4+ Kg7 43.Nxd2 Bxd6 44.Kf2 Ba6 45.Ne4 Be7 46.Bf3 Bb7 47.Nc3 Bf6 48.Nb5 Bc8 49.Bd5 Bd7 50.Nd6 Be7 51.Nc4 g5 52.Kf3 gxf4 53.gxf4 Ba4 54.Ne3 Bc5 55.Ke4 Bxe3 56.Kxe3 Kf6 57.Ke4 ½-½. Even with bishops of the same colour White is unable to transform the extra pawn into a full point.


Following the games in the commentary area

Karjakin,Sergey (2727) - Short,N (2655) [A52]
Rapid Match Kiev UKR (7), 06.06.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.e3 Nc6 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Re8 8.Nc3 Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.b3 a5 11.Ne4 Bf8 12.Bb2 d6 13.Nc3 Bd7 14.Qd2 Bc6 15.Rad1 g6 16.Nd5 Bg7 17.Kh1 f5 18.Qc3 Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Re7 20.c5 Nd7 21.Qc4 b5 22.Qc2 Nxc5 23.Bxb5 Qf8 24.Ba3 Ne4 25.Bc6 Ra7 26.f3 Nf6 27.Rd3 Kh8 28.e4 f4 29.Rfd1 Nd7 30.Bxd7 Rxd7 31.Rd5 Re7 32.Bc1 Re5 33.R1d3 g5 34.Bd2 h6 35.Rxe5 Bxe5 36.Rd5 a4 37.bxa4 Qe8 38.a5 Kh7 39.h3

This is where thing, already bad with a minus pawn, go really wrong for Black. 39...Qb8? 40.Bc3! c6 41.Rd1. Here Karjakin misses a very nice shot: 41.Bxe5! dxe5 (41...cxd5 42.exd5+ is crushing) 42.Qxc6 etc. But the text move is enough to win. 41...Qb5 42.Bxe5 dxe5 43.a4 Qb7 44.Qc5 Qc7 45.Qf8 Qxa5 46.Kh2 Qc7 47.Rd6 Qg7 48.Qf5+ 1-0.


A special area in the Puppet Theatre is reserved for commentary...


... with the official commentators GMs Genna Sosonko and Vladimir Tukmakov

All photos by Olena Boytsun

Short,N (2655) - Karjakin,Sergey (2727) [C32]
Rapid Match Kiev UKR (8), 06.06.2008
1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Be3 Bd6 7.Nf3 0-0 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.0-0 Re8 10.Bd4 Bxf4 11.c4 Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Nc3 Nbd7 14.Qc2 c5 15.dxc6 bxc6 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Ne4 Bg6 18.Nxf6+ Nxf6 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Nh4 Be3+ 21.Kh1 Qg3 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.Rf3 Qh4 24.Bxf5 Re5 25.Rdf1 Rd8 26.Qb3 Bg5 27.g3 Qh6 28.h4 Kg7 29.Kg2 Rd2+ 30.R1f2 Rxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Be3 32.Rf3 Bd4 33.Rf4 Bb6 34.Qd3 Qh5 35.Bg4 Qg6 36.Bf5 Qh5 37.Kh3 Qe2 38.Qd6 h5 39.Bd7 f5 40.Qxc6 Bg1 41.Qh1 Be3 42.Rf3 Qd3 43.Bb5 Qe4 44.Qf1 Bd4 45.Rf4 Qe3 46.Rxf5 Rxf5 47.Qxf5 Be5 48.Qg5+ Qxg5 49.hxg5 Bxb2 50.Kh4 Bd4 51.Kxh5 Bf2 52.Kg4 Kf8 53.Bc6 Ke7 54.Be4 Ke6 55.g6 fxg6 56.Bxg6 Ke5 57.Bc2 Be1 58.Bb3 Bf2 59.Kf3 Bc5 60.g4 Be7 61.Ke3 Bg5+ 62.Kd3 Be7 63.Ba4 Bb4 64.Bd7 Be7 65.Kc3 Kd6 66.Be8 Ke5 67.Kb3 Kd4 68.Bf7 Bf8 69.Ka4 Kc5 70.Ka5 Kc6 71.Ka6 Bc5 72.g5 Kc7 73.g6 Bd4 74.Bd5 Kd6 75.a4 Kd7 76.c5 Kc7 77.Kb5 Bg7 78.Kc4 Kd7 79.Kd3 Kc7 80.Ke4 Kd7 81.Kf5 Bd4 82.Bf3 Ke7 83.Bh5 Bc3 84.Ke4 Ke6 85.Bg4+ Kf6 86.Bf5 Ba5 87.Kf4 Bb4 88.c6 Bd6+ 89.Ke4 Bc7 90.Kd5 Bg3 91.Bd3 Bf4 92.Be4 Bg3 93.Kc5 Ke7 94.Kb5 1-0. At last a second victory for Nigel Shot, ground out in a marathon endgame.

Current standing

Name
Rtng
G1
G2
G3
G4
G5
G6
G7
G8
G9
G10
Total
Sergey Karjakin
2741
1
1
1
0
1
½
1
0
5.5
Nigel Short
2655
0
0
0
1
0
½
0
1
2.5

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