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Fabiano Caruana vs Brian Karen
Nassau Futurity (2002), ?, Oct-08
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  naisortep: It was a scorching day at chess camp. I wanted to go home and rest but realized I had to play the latest young prodigy that night - newly minted Master 10 year old Fabiano Caruana. My co-instructor had been praising Fabiano's play all day which didn't do much for my confidence. This was especially so as the Nassau Chess Club is not air conditioned which favors the young. No sooner had I arisen from the board after agreeing to a draw in the position above when a parent of one of my students rushed up and said "What happened?"

I said "draw"
She replied "But you were down a queen!"
I patiently explained that I have R+B+P for the queen and the plan of Bf6, Kg7, Re7 when I push my passed pawn with everything protected. The queen can blockade so it will be a draw. She just shook her head and said "Lucky." The next morning I went to teach a class and my 1500 rated co-instructor said "What happened?" I said "draw"
He replied, "But you were lost!"
I explained the position, he contemplated what I said, then replied "You were lost." Such is the problem with playing prodigies, you always lose :).

Mar-28-18  Lupara: Awesome story!

Thank God they didn't plug the position into an engine because then they would have sworn you were lost.

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  naisortep: Yes, the computer will show white ahead a pawn here of course. Maybe it is even correct but it would be some long computer variation that neither of us were capable of finding at the time. Draw certainly reasonable result although if I played Fabiano today he would play on and find a way to win :).
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