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Sergey Karjakin vs Fabiano Caruana
"Absolutely Fabiano" (game of the day Jan-22-2013)
Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 2, Sep-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1
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Sep-27-12
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  Eyal: Yeah, in the line 35.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 36.Kh1 Be4+ 37.Rg2, 37...Qg3 is a mistake; instead, 37...Nf4 or Qxd5 are clearly winning for Black.
Sep-27-12  shivasuri4: <Eyal> and <Lupara>, thanks a lot; that was instructive. Must learn not to rush the attack.
Sep-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Sep-27-12  pmukerji: What happens if 32. Qg2?
Sep-28-12  Lupara: Greetings <pmukerji>. In response to your inquiry as to what happens after <32. Qg2>, Black cleans house by playing 32.... Nf4.

The likely continuation is then 33.Qg3 Ne2 34.Qg2 Bd3 35.Kh1 Be4 36.Rgf1 Nd4 37.Rbe1 Bxe1 38.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 39.Nxe1 Bxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Nxb3, leaving Black with an easily won endgame.

Sep-28-12  pmukerji: Cool...interesting...thanks bud!
Oct-17-12  Moszkowski012273: Fabiano missed the much stronger 33...Nh4
Jan-22-13  rilkefan: I looked at the position after 26.g4 and thought, Huh, that was weakening, I wonder if black take on e4 and maybe pick up two pawns for the piece - nope, it's too defended.
Jan-22-13  FSR: Houdini 3 says that White is already worse after 20.a4, and busted after 23.Qd1? Ba6! (-1.40).
Jan-22-13  LoveThatJoker: Wow! What a great game from GM Caruana!

I haven't been checking the GOTDs lately, but am sure glad I set some time to check this one out.

Does anyone have a GM analysis link for this great game?

Thank you in advance,

LTJ

Jan-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: About as smooth as it gets
Jan-22-13  sevenseaman: Compact and utterly fabulous! A very rare rendering of chess genius.
Jan-22-13  Abdel Irada: <FSR: Houdini 3 says that White is already worse after 20.a4 [sic], and busted after 23.Qd1? Ba6! (-1.40).>

Those moves are strikingly antipositional, although I do understand the motivation for 23. Qd1: to get out of the pin on the e-file. But White certainly had no time for 20. a4; for better or worse, he had to exchange on b4.

To me, though, the really ghastly move was the craven 24. Bc2?, opening the way for all of Black's spectacular exchange sacs by tying down White's forces on passive squares on the queenside. Sometimes, as those who play against the French know, you just have to bite the bullet and exchange your "good" bishop for your opponent's "bad" one. I say the foregoing with a rueful smile, having lost plenty of blitz games by making precisely the same ambitious mistake.

Once White made this succession of positional blunders, Black's first exchange sac might have come as a bit of a surprise, but the second flowed so naturally that I never blinked.

Excellent exploitation by Caruana.

Jan-22-13
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  Eyal: <To me, though, the really ghastly move was the craven 24. Bc2?, opening the way for all of Black's spectacular exchange sacs by tying down White's forces on passive squares on the queenside. Sometimes, as those who play against the French know, you just have to bite the bullet and exchange your "good" bishop for your opponent's "bad" one.>

Not withdrawing the bishop to c2, though, allows Black not only to exchange bishops but to win the e4 pawn right after that, by doubling rooks on the e-file with Ra7-e7. Both players pointed in the post-game interview to 23.Qd1? - allowing 23...Ba6! - as the move that clearly tilted the game in Black's favor (and comp evals seem to confirm this); Caruana said that even though his position was very comfortable (something apparently already went wrong for White by this stage) he was having a hard time finding a concrete plan without this mistake. But indeed - to repeat something I've posted shortly after the game ended - it's rare to see a "bad" bishop turning into an extremely strong one so quickly as Black's LSB does here, on moves 23-24.

Jan-22-13
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  Garech: Powerful central play from the young star; awesome stuff - a challenger for Carlsen?

-Garech

Jan-22-13  ossipossi: Well chess is not about chauvinisme, but always proud to be in that <0.001%> ;)
Jan-22-13  LoveThatJoker: <Analysis on this Game>

1) http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

2) http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/c...

LTJ

Jan-22-13  Tridel: This game is amazing! It reminds me of Petrosian who had great success sacrificing the exchange.
Jan-23-13
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  kevin86: There's nothing like two bishops to roll up a game.
May-06-17
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  Finnishplayer: Probably Caruana´s best game!
Feb-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

26...Ne5 27.g5 hxg5 28.Bxg5 Nxf3+ 29.Nxf3 Qd7 30.Qg1 Be2 31.Qg2 c4 32.bxc4 Nxe4 33.Bxe7 Qxe7 34.Rg1 Bxc4 35.Bb3 Bd3 36.Rbd1 Be2 37.Rb1 Qd7 -+ (-1.69) Depth: 13

26...Ne5 27.g5
∓ (-1.33 --) Depth: 14

26...Qc7 27.Qg1 Ne5 28.g5 hxg5 29.Bxg5 Nxf3+ 30.Nxf3 Be2 31.Qg2 Nxe4 32.Bxe7 Qxe7 33.Kh1 Nf6 34.Ng5 c4 35.Rg1 cxb3 36.Bxb3 Bd3 37.Rbd1 -+ (-1.75) Depth: 15
26...Qc7 27.Qg1
-+ (-1.62 --) Depth: 16

26...Bxd2 27.Qxd2 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 Rxe4 29.Rg1 Ne5 30.Nxe5 R4xe5 31.Rbd1 Bb7 32.g5 Rxd5 33.Qc1 Rxd1 34.Qxd1 hxg5 35.Bxg5 Qc7 36.Qg4 Re4 37.f4 d5 38.Bf6 Qxf4+ 39.Qxf4 Rxf4 40.Bxg7 Kh7 41.Bf8 c4 42.Rg7+ Kh8 43.Rg4 Rxg4 44.hxg4 cxb3 45.Bc5 Kg7 46.Kg3 -+ (-2.99) Depth: 21

Feb-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

25...Rae7 26.Qg1 Ne5 27.Rd1 Be2 28.Nh4 Bxd1 29.Qxd1 Ng6 30.Nhf3 Qc8 31.Kg1 Qa6 32.g3 Rc7 33.Kg2 Kh7 34.Rc1 Rce7 35.Bb1 Kg8 36.Qf1 Qxf1+ 37.Rxf1 Ne5 38.Nxe5 Rxe5 -+ (-1.69) Depth: 20

Feb-12-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

24...Ra7 25.Kh1 Rae7 26.Kh2 Qd7 27.Kg1 Qc7 28.Kh1 Ne5 29.Nxe5 Rxe5 30.Bf4 Bxd2 31.Bxe5 Nxe4 32.Bxe4 Bxc1 33.Bd3 Bxd3 34.Qxd3 Rxe5 35.Rxc1 Qe7 36.g3 Re2 37.Kg2 Qe5 38.Kf1 Re4 39.Rc4 Re1+ 40.Kg2 Qe2 41.Qxe2 Rxe2 42.Rf4 Re5 43.Kf3 Rxd5 44.Ke3 -+ (-1.62) Depth: 21

Feb-12-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

23...Ba6 24.Qe2 Bxd3 25.Qxd3 Ra7 26.Re1 Rae7 27.Re2 Qc7 28.Nc4 Nxe4 29.Rf1 Bf6 30.Rfe1 Nc3 31.Rc2 Ne5 32.Nfxe5 Bxe5 33.Rf1 Qd8 34.Rfc1 Bd4 35.Bxd4 cxd4 36.Kh2 Re4 37.g3 R8e7 38.Kg2 Nxd5 - / + (-1.36) Depth: 23

Feb-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

1. = (-0.23): 23.Rc2 Qc7 24.Rbc1 Re7 25.Rd1 Rd8 26.Qf1 Rf8 27.Qe2 Ra8 28.Rdc1 Rae8 29.Rd1 Ne5 30.Bb5 Ned7 31.Bd3 Nxe4 32.Nxe4 Rxe4 33.Bxe4 Rxe4 34.Qd3 Nf6 35.Bd2 Bxd2 36.Nxd2 Re5 37.Nc4 Rxd5 38.Qe2 Rg5

2. = (-0.23): 23.Qf1 Re7 24.Rc2 Qc7 25.Rbc1 Rae8 26.Rd1 Bc8 27.Bb5 Rf8 28.Bd3 Rd8 29.Rdc1 Bb7 30.Rd1 Rf8 31.Qe2 Ra8 32.Rdc1 Rae8 33.Rd1 Ne5 34.Bb5 Ned7 35.Bd3 Nxe4 36.Nxe4 Rxe4 37.Bxe4 Rxe4 38.Qd3 Nf6 39.Bd2 Bxd2 40.Nxd2 Re5 41.Nc4 Rxd5 42.Qe2 Rg5

3. = / + (-0.30): 23.Rf1 Qc8 24.Nc4 Qc7 25.Ncd2 Re7 26.Rbc1 Rae8 27.Rfe1 Qc8 28.Red1 Qa8 29.Nc4 Qd8 30.Ncd2 Ne5 31.Bb5 Ned7 32.Bd3 Qc7 33.Bb1 Ra8 34.Bd3 Rae8 35.Bb1

4. = / + (-0.30): 23.Rd1 Qc8 24.Nc4 Qc7 25.Ncd2 Re7 26.Rbc1 Rae8 27.Re1 Qc8 28.Red1 Qa8 29.Nc4 Qd8 30.Ncd2 Ne5 31.Bb5 Ned7 32.Bd3 Qc7 33.Bb1 Ra8 34.Bd3 Rae8 35.Bb1

5. = / + (-0.34): 23.Re1 Qb6 24.Nc4 Qc7 25.Ncd2 Re7 26.Rbc1 Rae8 27.Rcd1 Bc8 28.Rc1 Nh5 29.Qf1 Nhf4 30.Bb5 Bd7 31.Red1 Bxb5 32.Qxb5 Qd7 33.Qa6 Qd8 34.Rb1 Rd7 35.Re1 Kh7 36.Rbc1 Rde7 37.Qc4

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