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Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: black seemed to play poorly after the queen swap, extending and risking his pawns. This should be a draw, with more conservative play by black.
Aug-14-16  CountryGirl: Did black know the ins and outs of this variation? I suspect not.
Aug-14-16  not not: this game was the culmination of "twitter war" started by Fabiano commenting his 8 draws, no wins, no loses by alluding to Giri

Caruana said "I'm in danger of doing a Giri" (meaning drawing all his games)

Giri commented in return "Giri is a new Caruana"

upon which Fabiano replied "I will never reach that level of mastery to draw all 14 games"

going in this last game of tournament, all Giri had to do was to get a draw (thus making Caurana "new drawmaster")

but like all previous drawmasters, viz. Slechter and Leko, he failed to draw when it mattered most...

Fabiano won in the last round, thus avoiding "drawmaster fate"

Caissa must be laughing her head off!

Aug-14-16  Fish55: Caruana's tweets are in poor taste.
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  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov said in the commentary box, speaking of the position after 26 Kh3, that Black's rooks lacked space, that the advance of White's g pawn to support a mating attack was a dangerous threat, and that after being advanced the g pawn would do the work of an extra piece.

Kasparov's comments help to suggest that White's bishop is much stronger than Black's bishop and that it may be advisable for Black to try to exchange the bishops even at the price of a pawn or even more eg by 22...h6 followed by 23...Bg5 or even by 21...h6 22 Qxc7 Bg5.

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