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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Biel Chess Festival (2011), Biel SUI, rd 10, Jul-29
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Premium Chessgames Member Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen who has now clinched the tournament.

Please note that this final round begins three hours earlier than the other rounds: 5:00am USA/Eastern time.

If this game should end early (a short "courtesy draw" would be no surprise, given the standings) then we'll gladly switch over to watch Dortmund which starts 3 hours later, at 9:15am USA/Eastern.

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  karnak64: 0500?? Really? I'm afraid I'll be missing this one ...
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  Chris00nj: With a victory locked up, I imagine an uneventful 30 move draw.
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  hoodrobin: <> Thanks, good game's selection, as usual! Also, it could be a fighting game (who knows?).
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  hoodrobin: A Pirc.
Premium Chessgames Member Everybody is invited to join us for today's game: premium members, non-premium, lurkers, anybody. Doors are wide open.
Jul-29-11  Matt Tsjakk: Lurking in progress.
Premium Chessgames Member Also following F Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2010; Caruana is no stranger to this set-up.
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  Stonehenge: Yes, but there he took with his queen on d4.

Perhaps you can upload this one:

[Event "Biel MTO"]
[Site "Biel"]
[Date "2010.07.26"]
[Round "8.6"]
[White "Pelletier, Yannick"]
[Black "Hauchard, Arnaud"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteElo "2589"]
[BlackElo "2526"]

1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 a6 8. a5 h6 9. Re1 exd4 10. Nxd4 Ne5 11. Bf1 Re8 12. b3 c5 13. Nf5 Bxf5 14. exf5 Nc6 15. Bb2 d5 16. Qd2 d4 17. Na4 Nd7 18. g3 Qc7 19. Bg2 Rac8 20. Re2 Bg5 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Qd3 Qxa5 23. Bxc6 bxc6 24. Kf1 Bf6 25. Rd1 c4 26. Qxc4 Qxf5 27. Qxc6 Qh5 28. Ra1 Qb5+ 29. Qc4 Qb7 30. Kg1 Ne5 31. Qf1 Nf3+ 32. Kh1 Rc8 33. Qg2 Rxc2 34. b4 Qe4 35. Qf1 Ng5+ 36. Kg1 Qf5 0-1

Jul-29-11  dakgootje: Will be quite easy for me today with regards to chessbuck-situation:

If Moro wins I'll be happy.
If Moro does not win, I'll not be happy.

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  hoodrobin: Do they have a plan?
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  lost in space: This is Philidor's defence.

Normal way to come to the posiiton after move 6 is:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. 0-0 0-0.

Up to here they are on common ground:
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  extremepleasure2: Come on Caruana revenge awaits you!
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  extremepleasure2: Let's see if it's repeat or revenge.
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  extremepleasure2: I love Caruana's style. He plays exactly like me.
Jul-29-11  dakgootje: heh.. MVL-Shirov a draw already.
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  extremepleasure2: How is 15. Ra4 now?
Jul-29-11  waustad: They'll just split 3rd and 4th money unless Caruana wins. Time to go get packed.
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  extremepleasure2: Is there any opinion about the position? Ra4 looks nice to me.
Jul-29-11  Knightenprise: What is the idea behind Ra4? All of the fourth rank squares are protected, so it can't swing anywhere from there. As for what to do with white, I'm not quite sure, and it seems Caruana isn't either, judging from the time he has spent...
Jul-29-11  Knightenprise: Ah, and now we do see a Ra4, although in this position it does have a clear target: the c4-pawn.
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  extremepleasure2: Threatens to take the the pawn in c4. How will black defend it.

I offered to play Ra4 in the 15th move. The idea was to prepare Be3 and f4 and chase the knight on e5 by preventing 15...Nc4. If 15... Bd7 16 Ra3 white's position improved.

Jul-29-11  fischer2009: Qd4 seems forced.Why is carlsen thinking so much?
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  WinKing: Oh man they are playing already. Time to make some coffee. Well at least it looks interesting for a final game where the match has been clinched. 17...Qc7 looks good here.
Jul-29-11  fischer2009: EXCUSE ME,what about the c4 pawn after Qc7?
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