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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Adams
"Absolutely Fabi Loss" (game of the day Aug-12-2017)
Dortmund (2013), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-28
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  0-1
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Jul-10-14  M.Hassan: "Medium"
Black to play 27...?
Black has two pawns for a Knight.
An effective check could be made on e4 by Black. Knight on c3 prevents it, the way is to eliminate it:

27...........Rxc3+
28.bxc3 Be4+
29.Kb2 Rxd1
30.Nf6
Now pieces are equal, Black is two pawns ahead and White has three scattered pawns. Black will surely have better endgame.

Jul-10-14
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  diagonalley: hmmmm... black has two pawns (and a huge position!) vs a knight... it looks like 27... RxN+ 28.PxR B-K5+ which regains the piece and leaves white lost... aaaah, i see <cheapo> has the same continuation
Jul-10-14
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  agb2002: Black has two pawns for a knight.

White threatens 28.Rxd8.

The knight on c3 avoids Ba4+ and Be4+. Hence, 27... Rxc3+ 28.bxc3 (28.Kxc3 Rxd1 - + [2P]) 28... Be4+ 29.Kb2 Rxd1 30.Ng5 Bg6 - + [2P].

Jul-10-14
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: <jdc2> "Unrated" doesn't signify the same thing in all cases. When I was a high Class C player, I run into an unrated guy who was clearly more experienced and better than I was. Not THAT much better; it was a hard-fought game, in which I apparently lost my queen, actually got three pieces for it, and still wound up losing in the end. Anyhow, he seemed to be a low/mid Class B player in strength.
Jul-10-14
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  morfishine: First <27...Rxc3+> forcing <28.bxc3> and Black continues 28...Ba4+ 29.Kb2 Rxd1 with a won game

I forget if I remember this game

*****

Jul-10-14  eblunt: I had 28 ... ♗e4+ instead, I'm guesing this works just as well ?

This didn't seem very hard for a medium .. with the ♘ protecting the a4/e4 against a check that wins a rook, remove the defender with check ?

Jul-10-14  mbvklc: Nc3 is overloaded here, it protects Rd1 and a4, d5 and e4 squares. 1...Rxc3 bxc3 and I think both Ba4+ and Be4+ wins, as Black ends up two pawns ahead in any case.
Jul-10-14
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  Penguincw: Interesting solution. Black was already up 2 pawns, and in the final position, still up 2 pawns, but a huge difference being having both pair of rooks off the board.
Jul-10-14
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  Castleinthesky: This puzzle was fairly intuitive and easier for a Thursday. While I did not see an immediate win, I saw the advantage.
Jul-10-14  Chess Dad: Here's what I saw:

27. ... Rxc3+
28. bxc3 Be4+
29. Kb3 Rxd1

Black is now up two pawns, white's DSB is pinned for the moment, and it shouldn't be too hard to finish from here.

Jul-10-14  eblunt: <Penguincw:> Black was down a Knight for 2 pawns in the puzzle position.
Jul-10-14
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  kevin86: Black is able to give up the exchange, then gain a rook for a big pawn profit.
Jul-10-14  standardwisdom: Very interesting moves 9, 11 and 13 by white, advancing the king side pawns (exposing the castle), while at the same time leaving queen side entirely undeveloped.

Easier than usual Thursday, but then again I went to IHOP for breakfast, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Jul-10-14
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Jul-10-14  PJs Studio: I thought 32.Nf6 was better... But I'm GUESSING Caruana saw that after Ne5 it was only a matter of time, so he went in for complications... Anyone agree?
Jul-10-14
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm going to concede that Ba4+ was a little better than Be4+, given the speed with which Black finished up the win in the game continuation.
Aug-05-14  Everett: Last loss vs the Berlin for Caruana? One of Adams' better games.
Aug-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: I see that someone used my pun from the Anand-Caruana game 6 days ago:

Anand vs Caruana, 2017 (kibitz #8)

They changed one letter, <lost> to <loss>, or maybe cg.com made the change.

Aug-12-17
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  ColeTrane: hate to break it to you <goodanarchist> but this pun has already been worked and reworked twice LONG before your post a few days ago..... just scope out car's notable games..... maybe they seaped into your id.
Aug-12-17
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  eternaloptimist: Many of Mickey Adams' games are boring but this game was anything but boring! He even made the Berlin Defense interesting w/ this game! He played a well-constructed combo culminating w/ 29...♖xd1. When I think of Adams, I think of the knockout tournament that he won in Tilburg, the Netherlands in 1992. That tournament was loaded w/ great players. I also remember that he got to the semis in the World Chess Championship Tournaments 3 times (1997, 1998 & 2000) & that he got to the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship. Although many people don't consider this a true World Championship since there were 2 of them back then. He lost to Kasimdzhanov in that final. Kramnik was the Classical World Champion back then.
Aug-12-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <ColeTrane: hate to break it to you <goodanarchist> but this pun has already been worked and reworked twice LONG before your post a few days ago..... just scope out car's notable games..... maybe they seaped into your id.>

No worries, <ColeTrane>! Bubbles are for bursting. Even my own.

Aug-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <eternaloptimist: Many of Mickey Adams' games are boring but this game was anything but boring!>

When even the <eternaloptimist> thinks many of your games are boring, then they are!

Sorry, GM Adams.

LOL

Aug-12-17
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  eternaloptimist: LOL that's funny! 😃
Aug-12-17
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  eternaloptimist: Actually Adams also won the tournament that this game was played in! I forgot about that. Now I'll remember (at least try to remember 😃) that he won Dortmund (2013) as well.
Aug-13-17  The Kings Domain: Good game, Caruana's another casualty to the mighty Berlin.

The pun's quite the goodie. :-) Love the show.

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