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Fabiano Caruana vs Ruslan Ponomariov
"Russlin' Ruslan" (game of the day Mar-02-2017)
Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-13
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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  beenthere240: The alternative approach, starting with 39. Ba6, wins Q+P for R+B and a lengthy endgame. For a while I thought that was the solution until I tried a different move order.
Jan-20-16  CanITakeThatBack: I think that is the first time I could see how the puzzle would end, Queen in A8, without finding out how to get there.

Might have been a bit lazy

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  kevin86: A brilliant finish!! White sac-ed the rook and then the bishop to enable the queen to mate.
Jan-20-16  Ayaend: Caruana cheater !(joke) ,i solve it and it's a remarquable game, well played Fab.
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  gawain: Great puzzle! Should have gotten this one. I saw all the parts without seeing the whole.

I saw that there was a mate for White with Qa8 if the B king could be brought to a5 and if the B queen could be decoyed away. I saw that Ba5 would force Kxa5. I saw that Re7 would virtually force Qxe7. What kept me from putting it together? I have evidently lost too many of my little gray cells.

Jan-20-16  BOSTER: I did not see the <luzhin: 39.Re7! with the idea Qxe7 40.Bh6! looks crushing>.

The reason was. According to my <thinking standard> the Black King'd placed on the king side, not on a7, but on h7.

So, if the pos.'d turned 180 degree, we'd come here.

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Maybe, only maybe, here I'd find the solution.

Jan-20-16  siggemannen: Funny, this one i got. But earlier one was too hard. Is it me or did chessgames puzzles become generally harder these days?
Jan-20-16  Grnhorn: Saw the Qa8 for the mate. Then worked from there to move the black queen and the king
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  gars: A pretty puzzle.
Jan-20-16  WDenayer: I remembered it. Very pretty. I am not sure - perhaps experts can comment? - but I think that this game among others is one of the reasons why the Petrof almost disappeared from top GM practice, I mean look at it - which chances did Black get in this game? There was basically nothing except gruesome defense.
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  perfidious: <WDenayer> I am no expert on this opening with either colour, but the play of Caruana makes the line look well nigh a forced win for White.
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  Breunor: I went for b4. I looked and looked for a tour de force move but didn't find it; caruana's combo is wonderful!
Jan-20-16  transpose: What a beautiful finish. I did not get it.
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  dunamisvpm: Starting at his moved 37, Caruana had his eye on placing his white queen on a8 square... Wow! Have fun! GOD Bless
Jan-20-16  Everett: 39.Re7 is a nice move, as.. Qxe7 40.Ba6 wins
Jan-20-16  Eduardo Leon: This is a relatively recent game, so I know the answer by heart, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. White plays 39.♖e7, and, no matter what black does to stop 40.♖xc7+ (either 39...♕xe7 or 39...♔b8), 40.♗a6 decides.
Jun-21-16  Triebe: I didnt see it coming, very interesting indeed.
Mar-02-17  ASchultz: This is an interesting game to me as I always had trouble getting play in the French Exchange. I realize it's a Petrov but the pawns becoe similar after d2-c3-d4, so it's instructive to see how Caruana uses his space advantage and good bishop and creates a few holes, then--bam!
Mar-02-17  The Kings Domain: Ponomariov's mistakes here were he didn't castle on the kingside and he didn't push forward with an aggressive assault on white's king in the queenside. White looked vulnerable with black's bishops poised for an attack on his king. A failure in the initiative made black the victim of white's counterplay which he should have inflicted on his opponent.
Mar-02-17  Eduardo Leon: Another beautiful “hanging ♖e7” sac: Karpov vs Sax, 1983, also before move 40.
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  Gottschalk: Insufficient ratings for these databases?

[Event "II Neoclassical Masters"]
[Site "Madrid ESP"]
[Date "2016.06.03"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Ponomariov, R."]
[Black "Short, N."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A37"]
[WhiteElo "2715"]
[BlackElo "2655"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2016.06.03"]

1. g3 g6 2. Bg2 Bg7 3. c4 c5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 b6 6. O-O Bb7 7. e3 Bxc3 8. bxc3f5 9. d4 Nf6 10. d5 Na5 11. Nd2 O-O 12. e4 fxe4 13. Re1 e6 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Rxe4 Qf6 16. Bf4 Rae8 17. Qd3 e5 18. Bh6 Qxf2+ 19. Kh1 d6 20. Rf1 Qxa2 21. Rg4Rxf1+ 22. Qxf1 Qa4 23. Qf6 Qd7 24. Rxg6+ hxg6 25. Qxg6+ Kh8 26. Bh3 Qh7 27.Qf6+ Kg8 28. Be6+ Rxe6 29. Qf8# 1-0

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A strong tournament,only ten games and everyone were rejected!

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  ChessHigherCat: The pun's pretty good but it should be spelled "Rustlin' Russlan" (like cattle rustling, right?). BTW, Russlan is the (I hate sound pedantic but "eponymous") hero of Pushkin's "Russlan and Ludmilla".
Mar-02-17  AlicesKnight: An even-looking game at least, at move 16. White provokes the tiniest imbalance with 17.f4 which widens slowly, and suddenly Black is retreating, but cannot resist the bait of the h-pawn at move 31. As suddenly White is "in". A dramatic "3-mover" to finish. Attractive.
Mar-02-17  Saniyat24: The Car finds his way home....good pun, excellent game...the two sacrifices to bring about the checkmate were amazing...!
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  sycophante: What's the strategic idea behind 12.b3, compared to an immediate g4 push? It looks very counterintuitive to weaken the c3 pawn and the a3 square.
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