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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Fabiano Caruana
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 4, Sep-20
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1-0


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Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: The Swarm.
Sep-20-15  DrAttitude: This is an amazing feat! No counter play from GM Caruana! It appears that 3.Bg5 took him out of his opening preparation. Game two will be entertaining.
Sep-20-15  fisayo123: 14...♕d8? Caruana does have a tendency to over-estimate defensive resources at times. You're not going to get away with that vs a relentless attacker like Mamedyarov.
Sep-20-15  Ulhumbrus: The commentators indicated that Caruana neglected his queen side counter attack by ...b5 until it was too late to stop White's king side attack. Black's queen's rook contributed to neither the defence nor to any counter-attack.
Sep-20-15  Sihlous: Mamedyarov went straight beastmode on him.
Sep-20-15  latvalatvian: I think Caruana yawned a lot this game and once he yawned real big and moved a piece at the same time. His mouth got in the way of his seeing. Around this time you will see more sleepiness moves. The hard part is to stay awake long enough for checkmate.
Sep-20-15  paavoh: What an unforgiving attack from move 15 onwards. Total domination.
Sep-20-15  4tmac: Been looking at "offbeat" openings - The Vulture. This game transposed into a good variation for Black. But some positions are more easily played as here Whites moves are "easy to find" (f3, e4, Kingside build) while Black had to play some N-N5's. Not so easy.
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  Marmot PFL: 13...Nh5 looks like a good idea, if followed up with 14...Nf4
Sep-20-15  HeMateMe: shark infested waters.
Sep-20-15  JohnDMaster: I am proud of myself, I found 36. Rf6! So many good moves to choose from
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  ahmadov: Well done, Shark! Congratulations!
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  whiteshark: A red sun rises, blood has been spilled this night...
Sep-20-15  Justin Flint:
Sep-20-15  parisattack: Awesome power-play game by Shak! 'Blessed with a catchy prefix' like Nimzovitch...
Sep-20-15  Ulhumbrus: <JohnDMaster: I am proud of myself, I found 36. Rf6! So many good moves to choose from> 36 Rf6! is the first of a pair of moves, a pair of which the second move is 37 Rh6+. A resource which consists of a pair of moves is much more difficult to find or to foresee than a resource which consists of a single move is difficult to find or to foresee. You have reason to be proud of yourself.
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  whiteshark: <13... Nb4!?> would have been an interesting alternative <14.Qc1 Ng4> If now <15.0-0 Bd4+ 16.Kh1 Nf2+ 17. Rxf2 Bxf2>

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Sep-20-15  1971: Caruana should be dominating the chess world, he has the talent and skill to do it. Those seven straight wins at Sinquefield were a brilliant display of preparation, positional and precise power play. This is why character and personality are so important, they're the house that talent and skill live in in a chess player. For Caruana there is something missing that he isn't able to consistently play to his potential.
Sep-20-15  coolconundrum: Looks like my beloved Clarendon Court got transposed into! Too bad Fab didn't make a better go of it.
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  PawnSac: <1971: Caruana should be dominating the chess world, he has the talent and skill to do it. >

He IS dominating the chess world. Caruana, Carlsen, Anand, Topolov, and Nakamura are currently dominating the chess world. They are the top players.

<1971: Those seven straight wins at Sinquefield were a brilliant display of preparation, positional and precise power play.>

yes his performance was outstanding, as was Aronian's this year.

<1971: For Caruana there is something missing that he isn't able to consistently play to his potential. >

Hey, I'm from the USA and so is he, so of course I'm a Fab fan. But speaking in purely logical terms... Caruana IS consistantly playing, and he is playing to his "potential" as determined by the circumstances. I think what you mean to say is that he is not playing to our/your EXPECTATION or HOPES considering his one outstanding performance! He himself aluded to this, during the interview after the Sinque match. He said.. well, lets just see how it goes. And Magnus made the same comment. One good tourney does not determine long term domination or status. And i agree.

But concerning the game...

Black may have done better with 4. ..Bg7 as in;

Konstantin Chernyshov vs Tibor Fogarasi
First Saturday July (2005) Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) 0-1 This seems to be a pet line of ♔onstantin Chernyshov

tho it can be argued that in that game white probably played a few less than ideal opening moves. BUT it is clear that after ..c5 Qc2! Shak steered the opening into a line in which white has the winning chances and black draws at best (historically speaking, that is). Black clearly needs to do some work in this line to improve the prospects.

The ironic thing is that Fab, playing the white side, lost to Giri in the 3. ..Bg7 line ( 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Bg5 Bg7 4. Nc3 c5 5. d5 d6 ) last year...

Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (Blitz) (2014) Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) 0-1 one would expect he would spend time in this line to find improvements for white. BUT alas it appears that, possibly due to his loss, he underestimated white's chances in the Bg5 line.

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  OneArmedScissor: Shark Weak
Sep-23-15  kamagong24: powerful play by memedyarov!
Sep-23-15  reticulate: Really an excellent attacking game from Mamedyarov, and I thought the finish from 31. Ng5 on was beautifully done.
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  whiteshark: <Shark Weak> Its easy to confuse from a distance.. but I'm pretty sure it's a <vulture> circling a dead corpse. ;)
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