Tihon Chernyaev vs Aleksandrs Karasevics | 2018 FIDE Cadets World Rapid Chess Championship

Tihon Chernyaev from Ukraine played as white against Aleksandrs Karasevics from Latvia during round 4 of the 2018 FIDE Cadets World Rapid Chess Championship, Under 10. This event was held in Minsk, Belarus from June 21-25. The opening is a Caro-Kann, mainline variation where mutliple imbalances would soon surface. Inherit with the mainline, Chernyaev maintains the kingside space advantage throughout, and soon thereafter it’s a brief knight versus bishop battle. A unique endgame arises with only all majors present, and nearly all pawns frozen. The big question would be how exactly could Chernyaev break down Karasevics’s compact defense? Would there be only 1 correct path to victory?

PGN:
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. Bf4 e6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne5 Nd5 14. Bd2 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qc7 16. Qe4 Bc5 17. f4 O-O-O 18. Qf3 Qb6 19. Ne4 Be7 20. Qg4 Rhg8 21. Qf3 Kb8 22. g4 Nb4 23. a3 Nd5 24. c4 Nc7 25. Bc3 Qb3 26. Nd6 Bxd6 27. exd6 Ne8 28. Qe4 Ka8 29. c5 Rd7 30. f5 Nf6 31. Bxf6 gxf6 32. Kb1 e5 33. Rd3 Qb5 34. Rc3 Qa5 35. Rg1 Rg5 36. Qc4 Qd8 37. Re3 Qe8 38. Qe4 Kb8 39. Rb3 Ka8 40. a4 Qc8 41. a5 a6 42. Rb6 Ka7 43. Rg3 Qb8 44. Qb4 Qc8 45. Rb3 Qb8 46. Rxa6+

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