Mini revenge for Karjakin vs Nepomniachtchi

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Mini revenge for Karjakin vs NepomniachtchiIn a small match for the Russian State Social University (RSCU) championship, Sergey Karjakin took a mini revenge for his lost tie-break final of the Russian Championship Superfinal last month. Again his opponent was Ian Nepomniachtchi, again the rapid and blitz games ended in a tie, and again the Armageddon game was drawn, but this time with Karjakin playing Black. VIDEO added.

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To us this information was new, but apparently both Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sergey Karjakin are students at the Russian State Social University (RSCU). Yesterday the two played a small quicklyplay match to decide who is the best chess player of the university this year.

The match consisted of two rapid games (20 minutes plus 5 seconds increment) and four blitz games (4 minutes plus 2 seconds increment). Both rapid games ended in a raw rather quickly.

In the first blitz game Karjakin managed to beat Nepomniachtchi with positional means in a Najdorf. Then it was Nepomniachtchi's turn, who again used the Scotch opening quite successfully in this match. He profited from a huge blunder by Karjakin.

The next two games ended in a draw, and so just like last month it was all going to be decided in an Armageddon game. Nepomniachtchi won the drawing of lots and chose the white pieces, with 6 minutes on the clock. Karjakin got 5 minutes and draw odds. The whole final became an almost complete mirror of the earlier match when Karjakin managed to draw this game to win the flowers and the cup.

Video of the Armageddon game by Eugene Potemkin

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