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Anish Giri vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 9, Oct-02
Lion Defense: Lion's Jaw (B07)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: It is true, White could have traded Q's at h5. The text 1. Qa8 seems to set up checks, primarily at f8 if necessary...White is trying to stay close in case he has to repeat the position while at the same time, looking for ways to activate his R as Ulhumbrus suggested
Oct-02-13  boz: Black has carefully placed his king in a bullet-proof suitcase.
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: boz: yes, and with the N going to g6, White's position is nearly paralyzed
Oct-02-13  Ulhumbrus: I am off for now. It remains to be seen whether Giri can get a winning attack or a win of material out of this
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: Ulhumbrus: Good day sir and hope you join us again tomorrow
Oct-02-13  patfoley: I don't think White has any winning chances. His King is too open and he goes into a dangerous Queenless ending as long as the N can get to d3 quickly
Oct-02-13
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  Domdaniel: <Marmot> I also thought that White had good chances around move 38, But Caruana seems to have outplayed Giri since then. It may still be a draw, but the winning chances are with Black.
Oct-02-13
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  mjmorri: Intersting. First Black, then White offers a Queen trade, but neither accepts.
Oct-02-13
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  mjmorri: White getting low on time.
Oct-02-13
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  Marmot PFL: This might be a stable position for white since if 51...Nf4 52 h4 and then Rg1. The knight can't help the passed pawn if it has to guard the king.
Oct-02-13  patfoley: I think QxQ gets the W K to e3 too fast to allow the Black N to win at d3. Blacks problem now is that he cannot in the face of h4 or perpetual check maintain his N at f4 until a Q exhange can occur under favorable circumstances.
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: mjmorri: Good observation on the Q-trades. It seems that when White refused the trade back when Black played ...Qh5 and White answered with 2. Qa8, White thought he had winning chances...but after a few weird moves, White doesn't think so any more and it's Black who thinks he can win
Oct-02-13  patfoley: For 10 moves or so it has been Black trying to find a win. But a Q exchange only works when the N is in just the right place and the W K is in the corner.
Oct-02-13  haydn20: Did anyone look at 53...c3?...had to run an errand.
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: haydn20: I had to leave for a while and missed the possibility of 53...c3...however, I am not sure Black has truly had the best opportunity to play that move although I have wondered about it on a couple of other occasions
Oct-02-13  haydn20: Every time I check my comp it gives Black +0.6 to 1.0 but nothing ever really is changing.
Oct-02-13
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  mjmorri: Wow. Snatching the b pawn. The fight is on.
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: mjmorri: Yes sir, 1...Qxb4 should create either a 1-0 or a 0-1 outcome,...I have to think the latter :)
Oct-02-13  jamesmaskell: Draw agreed!
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: whatever White does now it better be sound and direct...he's down by a thousand pawns and can't afford giving Black ANYTHING, whether it be his last foot-soldier or space....
Oct-02-13
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  Domdaniel: Black has no safe escape from checks.
Oct-02-13  haydn20: 61... Qxb4 just conceded to the perpetual ck. I think I got what I paid for, a real interesting endgame with middlegame spice.
Oct-02-13
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  chessdgc2: chessgames.com: Thank you so much for the 2 games you broadcasted and Jambow, thanks for your help when we lost live feed! See yall tomorrow
Oct-02-13  Shams: Very complicated final phase. Even now in the post-mortem both players are changing their minds about the position again and again.
Oct-03-13  Ulhumbrus: If 49 Qc6 proves insufficient to win after the counter-attack 49...Qe2, an alternative to 49 Qc6 is 49 Re1 keeping Black's queen out of the square e2 and bringing the rook back into the game
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