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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Karjakin beats Jakovenko to take the ACP Chess Cup 2010

Sergey Karjakin took home the ACP Rapid Cup on June 2, 2010 after an interesting struggle. The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) organized the 4th Rapid Chess World Cup in Odessa with a time control of 20 minutes per game and increment of 5 seconds per move.

The 16 player KO included 10 players from the 2700+ club. Each match was best of two with a quicker tie-break when required, Karjakin beat World No. 7 and Russian champion Alexander Grischuk - the top seed - in the semi finals. Karjakin also beat Alexey Shirov in an exciting quarter final. In the final, Karjakin drew six games with Russian Dmitry Jakovenko before beating him in the seventh and final Armageddon Blitz game. And, Karjakin also won a kiss from his wife after receiving the tournament trophy!

Here is the interesting quarter final game for you between Karjakin and Shirov, it's a nice Ruy Lopez.

PGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Nbd2 Ne7 9. Re1 Ng6 10. d4 Nf4 11. hxg4 hxg4 12. g3 gxf3 13. Qxf3 Ne6 14. dxe5 Qxe5 15. Nb3 g6 16. Bd2 c5 17. Rad1 Rd8 18. Kg2 Bg7 19. c3 c4 20. Nd4 Nxd4 21. cxd4 Rxd4 22. Bc3 c5 23. b3 b5 24. bxc4 bxc4 25. Rh1 O-O 26. Rh4 Qf6 27. Qe2 Qc6 28. Qe3 Rfd8 29. Rdh1 Re8 30. f3 Qa4 31. Qe2 Red8 32. Rh7 Qa3 33. Qc2 Bf6 34. e5 Bxe5 35. Bxd4 Rxd4 36. Qe2 Qc3 37. Rh8+ 1-0

From Alexandra Kosteniuk's


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