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Fabiano Caruana vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 10, Oct-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0
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Oct-03-13
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  PawnSac: Yet another nice win over the ..Bg6 Caro-Kann line. see also: The World vs Akobian, 2012
Oct-03-13  Shamot: Good game! Nice tactics by Caruana. It can make a good POTD at move 29.? white to play.
Oct-03-13
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  Domdaniel: A final twist: if 36...Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Bd5, then 38.Qf5+ wins the Bishop.
Oct-03-13  bravado1: Had Morozevich played instead of Tomashevsky - both players of similiar strength, his result would have probably been 3-3-4. The same score, but different type of games. I'm surprised by Tomashevsky's cautious strategy. He has a chance to demonstrate his ablities in a top tournament, but instead draws 9 games and loses 1.
Oct-03-13  csmath: T-sky choses Caro-Kann? Probably to avoid Scotch.

Of course Caruana plays Advance.

10. ...h5

[Novelty though hardly anything impressive. Tomashevsky probably expects difficult game against the opponent that needs a win.]

15. ...b5?!

[While black position looks "Semi-Slav" passive this particular move is not making it any better. Black loses pawn with hardly any compensation.]

22. Bc3?!

[Caruana is probably shooting for the ending with as little pieces as possible. While this is a practical decision it is not motivated by the position. 22. Qe1 looks as a better alternative and with the same idea of exchange but on more favorable terms either getting the exchange on a5 or on on a1 but with white queen controlling a-file.]

24. ...c5!?

[Black is also in some hurry? 24. ...Nxc3 looks more solid as white is going to have a long way to make anything happen.]

27. ...Bc5?

[Strange decision. But even without the following tactics black is assisting white with his desire to simplify the game. This cannot be considered favorable on any grounds.]

29. Nxe6!

[Effective tactical strike.]

32. ...Bh7
[Black was probably under the impression that this will solve his problems.]

33. Qe8 Bg8
34. e6!

[Caruana sees further, the pawn cannot be stopped without material loss. The game is over.]

Very nice tactical strike overlooked or miscalculated by black. Simple game but effective nevertheless.

Oct-06-13  Moszkowski012273: 30...Kf8 would of held out quite a bit longer
Oct-14-13  Ulhumbrus: 10...h5 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity and neglects to play ...c5 instead. On 10...c5 11 c4 dc 12 Bxc4 Black does not have to wait for White to play d4-d5 but can play 12...cd first: 13 Nb3xd4 cxd4 14 Qxd4 Bc5

15...b5 leaves Black with a amashed queen side. After 15...c5 16 d5 ed 17 Bxd5 the threat of e6 is unpleasant. This suggests 15...Bb4 with ...Ne7 to follow

Mar-16-18  stacase: Dunno, sometimes these puzzles are easy to see. This one seemed to play itself right from the start. Other times I have no idea what's going on.
Mar-16-18
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  landshark: Stumbled into this one but got every move right in guess-the-move mode so I'll take the point. In my 'solution' I somehow had white's Q delivering a check on d8 - which won nicely - but after I found that was impossible - I found the real win anyway. After an up and down week - I'll take the point!
Mar-16-18  stacase: <landshark: Stumbled into this one but got every move right in guess-the-move mode so I'll take the point.>

I'm always in guess-the-move mode. In this case, the Knight for two Pawns and Black's in check seemed to be a good deal. Black didn't move 30...Kf8 and so White prevailed easily.

Mar-16-18  Mayankk: Found the game line but was not sure if itís a clear win after 30 Kf8 instead of 30 Kh8. Is that a better defence by Black?
Mar-16-18
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  FSR: The sac is obvious enough. I was worried about 30...Kf8, but maybe 31.Qe4 is strong.
Mar-16-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Not too sure about this, but to set up a backrank mating threat, white needs to get the knight to g5, so Nf3 protects the pawn but allows Nxg3 threatening the queen, which runs off to a2 threatening Qa8+ Kh7 Ng5+ Kh6 Qh8+ Bh7 and Qxh7#.

The only to prevent the back rank mate is Qc1 followed by fxg3, so white wins the knight. The other way to divert the queen is Ne2+ but Qxe2 wins a piece, too.

So (meaning therefore, not the messiah):

Nf3 Nxg3 Qa2 Qc1 fxg3

Mar-16-18
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  ChessHigherCat: The game line is a lot more forcing, but does that mean that Caruana plays better than I do?
Mar-16-18
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  agb2002: White is one pawn up.

Black threatens Nxd4.

The first idea that comes to mind is 29.Nxe6 fxe6 (else Black is two pawns down) 30.Bxe6+:

A) 30... Kf8 31.Qe4 (31.Qd3 Qxe5 32.Qd8+ Be8 - +)

A.1) 31... Ne7 32.Qa8 Be8 (32... Nc8 33.Qxc8+ Qxc8 34.Bxc8 + - [2P]) 33.Qf3+ Nf5 (33... Bf7 34.Qxf7#) 34.Qxf5+ Ke7 35.c4 + - [2P].

A.2) 31... Nxh4 32.Qxh4

A.2.a) 32... Qxc3 33.Qd8+ Be8 34.Qd6#.

A.2.b) 32... Qxe5 33.Qd8+ Be8 34.Bd5 covering the long diagonal and with the threats Bc6, forcing a won pawn ending, and c4 looks winning.

A.3) 31... Qxc3 32.Bxf5 Bxf5 33.Qxf5+ and Qxh5 looks winning (33... Qe1+ 34.Kg2 Qe4+ 35.Qf3+).

B) 30... Kh7 31.Bxf5 Bxf5 32.Qxh5+ Kg8 33.Qxf5 Qxc3 34.Qe6+ followed by Qd5 and e6 with a won ending.

C) 30... Kh8 31.Bxf5 Bxf5 32.Qxh5+ Bh7 33.Qe8+ Bg8 34.e6

C.1) 34... Qxc3 35.Qh5+ Bh7 36.e7 wins.

C.2) 34... Qe5 35.e7 seems to win (35... Qe1+ 36.Kg2 Qe4+ 37.Kh2 Qe2 38.Qf8 followed e8=Q).

D) 30... Bf7 31.Qxh5 Bxe6 32.Qe8+ Kh7 33.Qxe6 is similar to previous lines.

Mar-16-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Correctificationism: Nf3 Nxg3 Qa2 *Qc8* fxg3
Mar-16-18
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  malt: Have 29.N:e6 fe6 30.B:e6+ Kf8
(30...Kh8 31.B:f5 B:f5 32.Q:h5+ Kg8 33.Q:f5 )

31.Qe4 N:h4 32.Q:h4 Q:e5 33.Qd8+ Be8 34.Bd7 Qe1+ 35.Kg2 Qe4+ 36.Kh2 Kf7 37.Q:e8+

Mar-16-18
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  gofer: Like <FSR>, I got the first couple of moves <29 Nxe6 fxe6 30 Bxe6+> but then got stuck after <30 ... Kf8>. One possible continuation is <31 Bxf5 Bxf5 32 Qxh5 Qxe5 33 Qf6 Kg8 34 Qe3>, but I didn't like it much if black keeps the queens on the board.

<malt> gives <31 Qe4!> which is a beauty! Pity I missed it!

Mar-16-18
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  malt: Missed 32...Bh7 33.Qe8+
Mar-16-18  Pasker: Not really that difficult. I found it quickly than those easier ones earlier. A piece sac for three pawns and the initiative, who can resist that?
Mar-16-18  Carlos0012358: 30.....Kh8 is a killer. Instead, 30.....Kf8 would have extended black's life. Being a pawn down it is a tough recovery though.
Mar-16-18
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Domdaniel> <A final twist: if 36...Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Bd5, then 38.Qf5+ wins the Bishop.>

Yes, if the game had continued the line goes, (per the computer annotation)

36...Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Bd5! (threatening 38...Qxh1 mate) 38.Qf5+ g6 39.Qxd5 Qxf2+ 40.Kh3.


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Still, there's a lot of work left to do after 40...Qf1+ 41.Kg4 Qe2+ 42.Kf4 Qxe7, below.


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Mar-16-18
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  wtpy: Jfp, I think 41 Qg2 Qf5+ 42 Kh2 Qe5 or e6 43 Qc2 Qe7 44 h5 wins easily since black has no checks and white will win the g pawn. Black can try 41 ..Qe1 42 Qc2 Qe6+ 43 Kh2 but black still can't take e pawn.
Mar-17-18
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  patzer2: <Moszkowski012273: 30...Kf8 would of held out quite a bit longer> Maybe so. However, 30...Kf8 31. Qe4! ± to +- sets a pin that clear favors White.
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