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Vladimir Kramnik vs Fabiano Caruana
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-22
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  0-1


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Apr-23-15  Pedro Fernandez: Fabi first victory. Already was time.
Apr-23-15  Papagambit: Now this was chess indeed! Beautifully played high level outta da box aesthetically pleasing beautiful stuff! Go Fab! and many more hopefully; brilliancy prize for the event.
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  keypusher: What a battle!
Apr-23-15  SirRuthless: 29.e4 is the most illogical move I have seen from Kramnik this year. What in the world was he thinking about?
Apr-23-15  MindCtrol9: I think Caruana woke up with this game which he played really good.
Apr-23-15  Ulhumbrus: At the press conference both players agreed that between moves 20 and 29 it was White who had the advantage.

Caruana said that his position was very unpleasant and that he had expected to fight for his life.

Kramnik said that when he played 29 e4? he had overlooked that on 29...Nc6 30 exd4 Nxb4 30 d6 Black had the queen sacrifice 30...Nxd3!! 31 dxe7 Nf4 and White could not do anything.

It took just one oversight on Kramnik's part to make a choice ( 29 e4?) that passed perhaps a considerable advantage from White to Black.

One of Caruana's comments was <These things happen>

Apr-23-15  Fanques Fair: It seems Kramnik played this strange opening set-up to run from Caruana´s preparation. It worked well until 29-e4, Nc6 ! , attacking both b4 and d4. But I guess that with 30-Qe1 ! White could have controled the situation.
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  Sokrates: This has been an unusually rich and epic game with countless themes and complex positions. Both players deserve to be applauded for this gift to chess history.
Apr-23-15  Jambow: Very interesting game worth further study no doubt. One bad move is one too many.
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  plang: <It seems Kramnik played this strange opening set-up to run from Caruana´s preparation.>

I think Kramnik's play with White is usually based on positional grounds - he does not depend on vast knowledge of theory

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  wordfunph: <Gashimov Memorial: WINNER : Kramnik [info] 200 LIVE BET 10:1 10.31 2,062 Apr-26-15>


Apr-23-15  Fabiano Caruana: Thanks to everybody who followed the game throughout. Overall, it was a very difficult game.
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  rogge: fake fab strikes again.
Apr-23-15  SirRuthless: I am impressed with Fabiano's conversion after 29.e4? but that move does not serve the position at all for white. It shouldn't even be a candidate. I think Kramnik was trying to play on some perceived time trouble. He had a total grip on the position and wasting time with 26.Kh1 allows the N and B to overload the weak e3 pawn and gets tied down trying to protect it. He basically self immolated although the result was not trivial. 29.e4 is just disgusting. I wonder about the look on Vlad's face after Fab whipped out 29...Nc6!
Apr-23-15  jphamlore: Kramnik may have had an advantage moves 20 - 29 before 29. e4, but the problem is this isn't his game at this stage of his career.

This is Kramnik's game:

Kramnik vs Adams, 2015

Here Kramnik has a clear positional plan, a more open less complicated position, and can steadily squeeze his opponent until the opponent collapses.

This game with Caruana, advantage or not, it is a much more closed position with no clear plan for Kramnik to begin to attempt to convert his advantage. He is no longer a young man and this type of position is no longer his game.

If Kramnik can't find a way to play an Exchange Gruenfeld straight up instead of running away from it as he did today versus Caruana, he's done at the highest levels.

Apr-23-15  fisayo123: Wow, Kramnik got really destroyed. Some amazing moves played by Caruana, besides the exchange sac.
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  Penguincw: Caruana's first victory in not only the tournament, but also with black over Kramnik in classical time controls.
Apr-23-15  CountryGirl: Exciting game, with action right across the board. It deserves some detailed analysis. VK missed the critical moment and FC's counterattack was deadly.
Apr-23-15  Jambow: Yep 29.e4 is a structural disaster and activates both of Fabiano's bishops especially the long diagonal light squared bishop who was locked away rather nicely.
Apr-23-15  Wavy: Congrats Fabiano! In move 32, why not exf+ first for white? At least white gets another pawn in an endgame.
Apr-23-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Kramnik "saw" everything at the PC though.
Apr-24-15  kabbygov: Wavy 32 - exf+ And White will soon be a piece down!!
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  morfishine: Kramnik doesn't miscalculate much. I guess here, its the age-old question of resolving a weak pawn: defend it or move it (or try to counter somewhere else). Kramnik moved it 29.e4 and met disaster

I guess also it wasn't so much the pawn but the square <e3> that really mattered


May-09-16  Timi Timov: Could the move 39 from black be a puzzle?
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  patzer2: No doubt 29. e4? allowing 29...Nc6 ∓ to -+ (-1.16 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) was a positional mistake.

However, the computer evaluation puts the human assessment of White having an advantage up to that point in question.

According to Stockfish 8, it's a level game after White's best play moves 29. Qe1 f6 = (-0.13 @ 31 ply) or 29. Nc5 Nb7 = (0.00 @ 31 ply).

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