Baku Azerbaijan S. KARJAKIN (RUS) WINS THE GREATEST WORLD CHESS FEDERATION MATCH OF ALL TIME … TAKES $100,000 CLEAR (NO TAXES AS THRILLED ENERGY RICH BAKU ORGANIZERS PAID ALL THE BILLS) in the 10 game monster 6 game to 4 victory sudden death NO HOLDS BARRED match for all the gold … WORLD CHESS CUP FINAL MATCH (128 player international seven continent 1.6 million dollar chess knockout) versus P. Svidler (RUS) … CHESSLAB’S CONCLUSION … one hundred thousand dollars indeed brings out the unmitigated beast in two great chess grandmasters! … A FULL SCALE WAR – BLOWOUT THRILLER WITHOUT A SINGLE DRAW. Repeat … these players killed each other … a draw/tie was a foreign language … whew, what a finish … repeatedly one half point from dead lost position elimination Mr. Karjakin promptly gave new meaning to the phrase “NINE LIVES” or “HOUDINI”… Mr. Karjakin had legendary United States swindle master fighter Frank J.Marshall’s (1877-1944) ghostly vision resurrected for the whole chess world to see and enjoy overnight (Chesslab readers … we are not kidding … the mighty Marshall probably stood up and saluted in his grave) … with two straight horrible losses … 0-2 score in classical long time control games and with the whole chess world watching in awe to boot … Mr. Karjakin was forced to win all the remaining classic games just to tie against the seven time Russian national champion Mr. Svidler … unbelievably he would face one game down elimination twice more. It was just epic wild west showdown at the O.K. corral … the best yours very truly has ever seen in 65 years of chess coverage all over the world. THE FIDE WORLD CHESS CUP shows what happens in the end when games are forced for big cash when neither player is permitted to leave the board for one second during final tiebreak play … this was indeed murderous instructive chess for the ages, entertainment — the chess of the future. Best of all … the feisty stellar month long marathon knockout thrilled chessplayer internet viewers in 160 chess nations en passant. Their home town hero played in it. Believe it … all chess is local!
— Jude Acers
Editor’s Note: For more about analysis of Karjakin’s victory, check out Michael Ciamarra’s chess column:
Svidler’s King’s Indian Attack was used by the young Bobby Fischer at the beginning of his chess career. Rather than Svidler’s 9.exd5, Fischer would play in analogous positions the space gaining 9.e5, which is the move that Svidler had already played a year earlier against Karjakin.