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Dmitry Andreikin vs Fabiano Caruana
Dortmund Sparkassen (2013), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-26
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1
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Jul-26-13
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  chancho: Caruana is the real deal.
Jul-26-13  kia0708: nice, quiet play from Caruana
Jul-26-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013


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35 ♖f4x♗e4? <losing exchange>


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Why in the world did Andreikin give up <THE EXCHANGE> with 35 ♖f4x♗e4? ?

I don't see *any* compensation for it.

Jul-26-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013

Fantastic game by Caruana!

Jul-26-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013

This game brings Caruana's live rating to <2800.0>!

Congrats!

Jul-26-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: CARUANA'S BEST GAMES Caruana totally outplays Andreikin in the middlegame

Jul-26-13  GBKnight: <Why in the world did Andreikin give up <THE EXCHANGE> with 35 Rf4xBe4? ?>

I wondered the same thing. But if white plays the rook back, say 35 Rf1, black can play Qh6, with ideas of Rh1+, or Rh4 followed by Rg4. I suspect white could see no defence to that and the exchange sacrifice was made out of desperation

Jul-26-13  galdur: The kid΄s at 2800. Good luck.
Jul-26-13  notyetagm: <GBKnight: <Why in the world did Andreikin give up <THE EXCHANGE> with 35 Rf4xBe4? ?> I wondered the same thing. But if white plays the rook back, say 35 Rf1, black can play Qh6, with ideas of Rh1+, or Rh4 followed by Rg4. I suspect white could see no defence to that and the exchange sacrifice was made out of desperation>

Yes, the <OPPOSITE-COLORED BISHOP ATTACK> on g2 is really, really annoying for White to deal with.

Jul-27-13
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  Check It Out: I am playing through this game very slowly from black's POV, working out each side's various plans and lines, and find it illuminating and inspiring.

Caruana's decision to control the b4 square with 13…a5 struck me as an important decision, and his plan to control the e4 square and the light square complex in general starting with 17…f5 right after playing 16...f6 seems inspired.

25…Kf7 allowed blacks's king a quick escape route if and when white mounts pressure on the open h-file. Sure enough, the black king beats a hasty sidestep to d7.

30…Rh8

Whoa, what was that?! That move stunned me. Allow white to capture the g6 pawn with tempo? Didn't even cross my mind. I'm sitting here contemplating what to do after white plays 31.Rxg6………………………..etc.

Is there some tactic involving 31…f4?? Pressure on the h1-a8 diagonal?

31.Rxh8

Okay, I don't know what's going on here. Why can't white take on g6?

Hm, 31…f4 does look dangerous. If 32.Rxe6 fxg3 the white rook is trapped. So the white queen has to move without losing sight of the now attacked rook on g6, but then black wins the exchange. Okay that makes sense. So take the rook on h8 instead, but now black has h-file possession. Well done Caruana!

I worked out this nice plan for move 32…Rh5, planning for …g5 and then ...Qh6 with threats on h1 and potentially g2, but no, Caruana just goes ahead and plays

32…g5!

I mean, why would you need to protect the pawn before pushing it? :/

Okay, so what do we do after the seemingly inevitable 33.Qxg5?

…………………

33…Qc4 looks strong, threatening to get in to e2

33. Rf1. Nope, white doesn't go for the g5 pawn yet.

Now 33…Qh6 looks very strong as does 33…Qa2.

Not yet. 33…Rh4 threatens Rg4 with serious pressure on g2. 34.Qe1 perhaps? Of course, 34.Qxg5 is still on…

Ummm, 34.Rf4. Didn't see that coming. Okay…………..

White had to get rid of blacks LSB, the pressure was too much I guess. I did not see that exchange sac coming either.

Great ending by Caruana. He had the right plan to trade queens and win with a very active rook.

Jul-27-13  sorch: 35.Rxe5 is not the unique strange decision.
29.Kg1 - what's the plan? Unclear, but the result is clear: 30...Rh8 losing the h column and the game.
Jul-27-13  Karpova: <Check It Out: 30…Rh8

Whoa, what was that?! That move stunned me. Allow white to capture the g6 pawn with tempo? Didn't even cross my mind. I'm sitting here contemplating what to do after white plays 31.Rxg6………………………..etc.

Is there some tactic involving 31…f4?? Pressure on the h1-a8 diagonal?

31.Rxh8

Okay, I don't know what's going on here. Why can't white take on g6?>

I guess the pressure on g2 becomes too strong after 31.Rxg6 Qxg6 32.Qxg6 Rag8 [see diagram]


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Now, to keep the Queen, White has to play 33.Qf7 followed by 33...Rxg2+ 34.Kf1 Rh1# while 33.Qxg8 Rxg8 doesn't look nice for White also.

Jul-27-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013

<Check It Out: I am playing through this game very slowly from black's POV, working out each side's various plans and lines, and find it illuminating and inspiring.>

Yes, a *brilliant* win by Caruana.

Jul-27-13  Ulhumbrus: After 13...a5 White stands better but 14 h4? selects the wrong target to attack. Can Black's king really be called a weakness? Instead of this 14 Rc1 or 14 Nc5 may be better.
Jul-27-13  notyetagm: D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2013

30 ... ?


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<Check It Out: ....

30…Rh8

Whoa, what was that?! That move stunned me. Allow white to capture the g6 pawn with tempo? Didn't even cross my mind. I'm sitting here contemplating what to do after white plays 31.Rxg6………………………..etc.>

30 ... ♖g8-h8!


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The <CHESSVIBES> website explains this *beautiful* tactic from Caruana thusly.

http://www.chessvibes.com/caruana-m...

<"In a middlegame with opposite-coloured bishops, the Russian seemed to have the initiative but with a neat little tactic Caruana seized the h-file and with it the initiative. Andreikin's exchange sac didn't help."

...

<<< 30... Rh8!

Now Black seizes the h-file.

31. Rxh8

31. Rxg6? Rag8! 31. Qh3? Rxh6 32. Qxh6 Qb3! > >>>

Caruana's brilliant point is that the <LINE-OPENING> 31 ♖h6xg6? loses to 31 ... ♖a8-g8! and the <WEAK POINT> on g2 falls!

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31 ♖h6xg6? ♖a8-g8!


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One of the best examples I have ever seen of <TACTICS IN THE SERVICE OF STRATEGY>. The brilliant 30 ... ♖g8-h8! allows Caruana to <SEIZE> the <DOMINANT OPEN FILE> the open h-file.

Jul-29-13  csmath: <30…Rh8>

That is a great move and clearly shows the plan Caruana had when moving king from g8 to d7.

Andreikin failed to see the importance of connected rooks on back rank and made a horrible positional error bringing king to g1.

Caruana won this game positionally although white helped.

Poor game by Andreikin.

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