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Fabiano Caruana vs Alexander Onischuk
US Chess Championship (2016), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Apr-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0


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Apr-20-16  devere: Most of us would play 23.b4, but Fab thought of 23.Nd2! because he saw 25.Re5!! winning. High class chess.
Apr-20-16  FairyPromotion: What a lovely sequence!
Apr-20-16  Atking: Yes a lovely game.
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  varishnakov: That's a shot! Future Mon/Tues puzzle of the day?
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  tamar: What a brilliant game. Only a matter of time before he gets a championship shot.
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  chancho: It's too bad Fabiano did not get his shot this year, but yes, he will be playing for the big one in the future.
Apr-20-16  Conrad93: Caruana is only 23. Two years younger than Carlsen, and he already has had the third highest rating in history. He's only going to better, which is a scary thought.
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  tpstar: 25. Re5!! is a remarkable resource. I wonder how far in advance he saw it.
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  Sokrates: Great, erudite play by Caruana, who in this tournament really wants to make up for his last minute fall in Moscow.
Apr-21-16  yurikvelo: <but Fab thought of 23.Nd2! because he saw 25.Re5!! winning>

How Fab could predict 23. .. Rxb2 blunder?
There are 16 moves better than 23. .. Rxb2, nobody forced Onischuk to blunder

Apr-21-16  ndg2: He did not predict Onischuk playing Rxb2. He did cover it however in his calculations, that's a difference.

Nd2 is not an artificial trap Caru set up and Onischuk fell in. 23.Nd2 is just a better move than, say, 23.b4.

Apr-21-16  Lupara: After making the move 23.Nd2, Caruana went into the confessional and explained the entire sequence of the variation. He concluded that Onishuk was lost, regardless of whether he took on b2.
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  HeMateMe: <Re5!! is a remarkable resource. I wonder how far in advance he saw it.>

It actually could be home prep. In Anand's book of best games he discusses a game in which the final position, move 28 or something like that "Was on the table, in the planning stage," and he thanked his seconds who helped him find the winning lines.

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  thegoodanarchist: FC is on a tear in this tournament.
May-08-16  Ayaend: I must comment this powerful game! And just say bravo Caruana.
Jul-19-16  sudoplatov: One does not so much force one's opponent to blunder as allow one's opponent to blunder.
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  OhioChessFan: One tempts one's opponent to blunder.
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  perfidious: < sudoplatov: One does not so much force one's opponent to blunder as allow one's opponent to blunder. >

As Bob Ciaffone has written: If you want a man to hang himself, leave some slack in the rope.

Jul-29-17  mathlover: fantastic game by FC
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  ChessHigherCat: <tpstar: 25. Re5!! is a remarkable resource. I wonder how far in advance he saw it.>

That's the move nobody would have thought of, if for no other reason than that there are so many other tempting (but probably inferior) moves like Rxa6 and Rxd6.

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  FSR: 25.Re5! is crushing, e.g. 25...Rxe5 (25...Bxe5? 26.Rd8#; 25...f5 26.Rxe4 fxe4 27.Rxd6! cxd6 28.c7) 26.fxe5 Bf8 27.Rd8 (or 27.Rd7; I don't think it makes much difference) Rb5 28.Rc8 and wins.
Dec-28-17  stst: Back rank weakness for Black loses the game.

25.Re5 is both a quiet and re-sounding move, and this wins it all... for if (A) .........RxR
26.fxR the B has nowhere to go, Bxe5 leaves room for the other R to go d8#, while R@b2 goes for defense will surrender the R@e4.

26.RxB cxR will let the White c-pawn advance.

The c3 pawn prevents a defense of Rb4, but even if this pawn is not there, White still wins for similar reasons.

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  wtpy: Saw this quickly. It is set up by white's c6 pawn and black's back rank weakness. The line I looked at was 25 Re5 Re5 26 fe5 Be7 27 Rd7 Bh4 28 Rc7 Rb8 29 Rb7 Rc8 30 c7 Bd8 31 Rb8. Black's sac of the exchange didn't delay matters too long. In an otb game Re5 might be easy to overlook, particularly with the attractive Ra6, where white is definitely better, maybe winning, but knowing it is puzzle alerts you to look for additional possibilities.
Dec-28-17  Walter Glattke: 25.-f5 26.Rxe4 fxe4 27.Rxd6 cxd6 28.c7 wins
Dec-28-17  scholes: What about 25 Rxd6?
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