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Mateusz Bartel vs Fabiano Caruana
Aeroflot Open (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Feb-13
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0


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  tamar: Great win by Bartel, must shoot to the top of his notable games.

22 Bg5 threatens 23 Re7 interfering with the Queen's guard of f7, and if 22...f6 23 Re4 doubling on the e file will lead to mate eventually.

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  HeMateMe: Nice tactical work by Bertel. Fab was not Fab, today.
Feb-13-12  raul555: Error 24...Nxa4
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  tamar: 20...Nxa4 was bad, but there was no good move.

if 20...Kg8 (to prevent 21 Bxg6) 21 Bxc6 bxc6 22 Rxc6 Qd8 23 Rxb6 overworks the Queen

Caruana thought for a long time before playing 20...Nxa4, but could find nothing better.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Yes, <tamar>, right you are about the hopelessness of Black's position by move 20.

It is remarkable that so strong a player as Caruana could lose in 22 moves without one particular glaring oversight (such as the former world champion's <11. ... Bd6??> in this infamous game: Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993).

Any human player can occasionally make a glaring blunder that loses instantly, but in this game Caruana just seemed to lose the thread badly (or perhaps just never get hold of it in the first place) and thereby to slide move-by-move, but nevertheless quite rapidly, into a hopeless position.

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  tamar: <Peligroso Patzer> Watching without computer I thought at first Caruana had solved his problems with 17...Rh5 and was even going to pressure the lower rated opponent.

Turns out he had to play ...Rd8 or ...Nd5 just to keep going.

Bartel's performance reminds me of Georg Meier's in the European Team Championships. These guys are quite capable of playing brilliant chess.

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  Penguincw: What an upset! This loss drops him down to world #10, only two points ahead of Grischuk (not that the Russian is really going to be playing).
Feb-13-12  jon01: Caruana is under too much pressure. He should calm down and not take every game as a must-win.

Though, it's good and entertaining for chess.

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  Penguincw: < jon01: Caruana is under too much pressure. He should calm down and not take every game as a must-win.

Though, it's good and entertaining for chess. >

Well, he draws the next two games, that will probably kick him off the Top 10. He's facing a 2636, someone one hundred rating points below him. A draw, *shiver*.

I agree with your second point though. :)

Feb-14-12  notyetagm:

Vulcan: No blunder from white,black is lost
Vulcan: This was bad one from Fabiano
MaxFico: Fabiano like's vodka?
Gorlami: go Bartel:D
rubenm: Wow! Bg5! threatening Be7 is a killer!
larsan59: Bg5 treaths the deadly Be7+
larsan59: finito
rocolochess: questi italiani ...
Gorlami: mariano itialiano
cobra87: game is over!!
FM_Malek: wow nice
mikso: game isover after move 18
cobra87: yes
rubenm: It seems that Mateusz find Bg5 rather easy
Ficino: quelle horreur!!! (giusto per confondere le acque) rocolochess: 22 moves...
Troller: very nice
Troller: for Bartel that is

Feb-14-12  notyetagm: Bartel vs Caruana Aeroflot Open 2012 22 Bd2-g5! 1-0 threatens INTERFERENCE 23 Bg5-e7+!
Feb-14-12  APatzer: Of late, I have seen too many slav / semi slav losses.
Feb-14-12  cormier: by transposition: Anand vs Aronian, 2009
Feb-14-12  cormier: with 6...Bxf3
Feb-14-12  hedgeh0g: Despite the uncharacteristically poor play by Caruana, I think White played a very strong game.

A rare example where the <threat> of an interference is decisive. 22.Bg5! is indeed a <Sexy Last Move>.

Feb-15-12  syracrophy: And 22...♖e8 is not much better, since it loses to the simple 23.♖xe8+ ♔xe8 24.♖e1+ ♔f8 <24...Kd7 25.Qf5# is a cute mate> and the same idea revealed before: 25.♖e7! is a brilliant interference move which wins the ♕ after the ▢ 25...♕xe7 26.♗xe7+ ♔xe7 27.♕xf7+ ♔d8 28.♕xg7 and white wins easily
Feb-15-12  Nostrils: 14 ... kf8 ?
Everything follows from that.
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  tamar: Question is, how could Black hang on at move 18?

if 18...Rd8 19 Ng3 Rhd5 20 Bb1!

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Black has a nice optical attack on d4, but cannot take the pawn right now because of 20...Rxd4 21 Bxa5 with a White attack on b6.

So what should Black play here? Worth investigating further.

Feb-16-12  kia0708: Bartel outplayed Caruana the same way AC Milan trashed yesterday <Arsenal London> 4:0
Apr-03-12  sevenseaman: Caruana's moves starting from 16...exd4 until the end have little to recommend. He seems to be playing into the Pole's hands every time.

I cannot make out what his h R came up for. By playing 20...Nxa4 he completely ignores the possibility of Bxg6. Perhaps he never saw it.

Bartel was mesmerising!

Apr-17-12  tarek1: 7.Qc7 ? I thought Qb6 was automatic in this kind of position
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  FSR: 14...Kf8 is a weird-looking move. If my opponent played it in an online game, I'd assume it must have been a mouse-slip in place of the intended 14...0-0.
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  Rob Morrison: I agree about 14...Kf8. It looks a lot more sensible to just castle and let go of the temptation of keeping the rook on the h-file where it can dream of an attack on the white king but really just butts up against h3.
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