Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ruy Lopez Berlin Bd3 Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin chose a rare Ruy Lopez Berlin line 3.Bb5 Nf6 to defeat Veselin Topalov in blitz. White chose 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 (instead of 5.d4). Karjakin played the surprise move 10.Bd3!? Black blundered on move 14 after which White soon won material.

Karjakin (2752) - Topalov (2740), Cote d'Ivoire Blitz Abidjan CIV, 12.05.2019 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 [5.d4 Nd6= is more popular.] 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Bd3!? [10.Re1 Re8=] 10...Bxe5 11.dxe5 Ne8 12.Nc3 d6 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qh6 dxe5? [14...Be6 15.Bg5 Qd7 16.Ne4 f5 17.exf6 Bf5 18.Qh4 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d5=/+] 15.Bg5 Qd7 [15...Nf6 16.Qh4 Kg7? 17.Ne4+-] 16.Ne4 f6 17.Bc4+ Rf7
18.Nxf6+ [After 18.Nxf6+ Nxf6 19.Bxf6 Qe6 20.Bxe6 Bxe6 21.Bxe5+- White is up a queen for a rook.] 1-0

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