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Fabiano Caruana vs Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Kings' Tournament (2012), Bucharest ROU, rd 2, Nov-08
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  HeMateMe: That was a slick trick. A long range draw stratagem.
Nov-08-12  notyetagm: Caruana vs Nisipeanu, 2012

<virginmind: fritz doesn't think exchanging his last rook was a good idea for nisi. he was already down the exchange but had compensation and a move like 27...Qd7 would have maintained +0.44 (depth 24). <<<instead he preferred 27...Re4 and after the exchange caruana is +1.71 (depth 23)>>>

Marmot PFL: caruana missed it.>

Nov-08-12  notyetagm: Caruana vs Nisipeanu, 2012

<6th Kings Tournament in Bucharest 2012 (2)

Caruana misses big chance in Kings tournament Round 2

Mark Crowther - Thursday 8th November 2012

Fabiano Caruana will be regretting a big missed chance to beat local player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu after apparently having done all the hard work. <<<Caruana's 34. Kxe4? allowed perpetual check when 34. Kd4 would have allowed him a decisive advantage by escaping checks and penetrating decisively with his king.>>> Vassily Ivanchuk had the better of a lengthy rook ending against Veselin Topalov but a draw was probably the right result. Round 3 Friday 9th Nov 1:30pm GMT. Ivanchuk-Caruana and Nisipeanu-Topalov.>

Nov-08-12  notyetagm:

<Caruana's darw was a complete surprise both to him and to the spectators. In the first round, Nisipeanu had clearly failed to cope with the pressure, losing without argument against Ivanchuk. But here he coped well with the Italian's initial pressure in a caro-Kann and obtained good play. With an ingenious exchange sacrifice, Liviu-Dieter obtained sufficient compensation and it looked as though we were in for a long positional battle, when suddenly the Rumanian's had the idea of sacrificing a bishop to force perpetual check.

No sooner said than done! Black exchanged rooks on move 27 and then put his bishop en prise with 29...Bf3? Caruana did not need to look twice, took the piece and ran with his king. After four checks, he had a choice of two routes - via d4 to b6, or to e4, where he could hide his king among the ruins of the kingside.

<<<Caruana wrongly chose 34.Kxe4?, and after three moves, had to agree a draw...But in the event of 34.Kd4 Qd1+ 35.Kc5 Qxa4 36.Kb6! White's position is completely winning, as became clear immediately in analysis after the game.>>> It is a long time since Caruana missed such chances. >

Nov-09-12  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been < 34. Kd4 Qd1+ 35.Kc5 Qxa4 36. Kb6 exf3 37. Kxb7 Qc2 38. Qd4 Qa4 39. Qc5 Qd7+ 40. Kxa4 >

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