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Fabiano Caruana vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), Baku AZE, rd 2, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  chancho: The Fabiano routine of late: win... win...draw... yaaaawn....

It's so easy this Chess.

Oct-03-14  john barleycorn: <chancho: The Fabiano routine of late...>

Thank God, he sometimes wins with white and sometimes with black. So, there is still some variety.
Otherwise, for sure, he would be the most boring player on this planet.

But then, he can always challenge Wesley So...

Oct-03-14  Strongest Force: The black queen may be on her way to turning the tide. Gelf has been improving while Fab has been stagnant if not deteriorating.
Oct-03-14  OrigamiArtist: 26.Qe2-f3
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  PhilFeeley: 26...Ng4 looks kind of menacing.
Oct-03-14  villageboy: 26. ... Bf4 seems to work!
Oct-03-14  jamesmaskell: Great to see Gelfand taking the fight to Caruana. Caruana letting his advantage slip though. Very dynamic position.
Oct-03-14  ncbhaskaran9: Rf3 can start a counterattack
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  Zhbugnoimt: Fab's rating will go down this tourney. Doesn't matter, he'll get into candidates by rating anyway.
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  plang: <Caruana letting his advantage slip though. Very dynamic position.>

How sure are you that he had an advantage?

The computers may not appreciate the strength of the exchange sacrifice.

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  Zhbugnoimt: Fab is being stupid. Plays in Sinquefield cup, 2 weeks later plays again.
Oct-03-14  Ulhumbrus: Gelfand has a pawn for the exchange and his f and g pawns seem not to be doing much. However White's c pawn is tied to the defence of the d5 pawn and so not free to advance yet.
Oct-03-14  Ulhumbrus: After 29...Re3 one question for White is: How do I organize the thrust c4-c5?

30 Rf1-d1 places White's rook on a white square and clears the square f1 for the manoeuvre Bd3-f1-g2 defending the d5 pawn and preparing c4-c5

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  Zhbugnoimt: Fab is tired. He just played in the Sinquefield cup. He is only playing in this tournament because to get into the candidates by rating you have to be in Gran Prix or Chess World cup.
Oct-03-14  kardopov: Who's advantageous by now? Any good comment from anyone? It's deadlock with the engine but black has some dynamic plays in the position. All his major pieces are poise... to attack
Oct-03-14  SetNoEscapeOn: Re8. Oh dear, as <kingscrusher> likes to say.
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  chancho: Naka is looking like a man who wants to be THE MAN!

He's got winning chances.

Oct-03-14  jamesmaskell: The regulations for qualification to Candidates haven't been published. The last one considered rating by a 12 month period average from August 2012 to July 2013. The next Candidates are March 2016. I think its more likely he wants to qualify outright and that this is probably a better route. Look at how Aronian and Topalov got through.
Oct-03-14  SetNoEscapeOn: Draw after back to back mistakes by these two great players.
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  LucB: Would anybody know where the video of the Gelfand-Caruana press conference might be viewed? During the live broadcast, the video stream stayed with the live games while Caruana and Gelfand were in presumably in conference.
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  LucB: Well I found this link:

... and so it will probably eventually make it on that page.

Oct-03-14  Doniez: <LucB> try livestream. My connection is poor today but I saw some preview video of Caruana-Gelfand game.
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  LucB: Thanks <Doniez>, will do!
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  LucB: The press conference has been posted at the link I quote above. The variations that Boris and Fabiano were looking at were unreal; very impressive stuff!
Oct-20-14  Willchess: Good to see Boris take the fight to the young lad
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