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Nigel Short vs Fabiano Caruana
Tradewise Gibraltar (2017), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 6, Jan-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0


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Jan-29-17  7he5haman: Lovely play
Jan-29-17  WorstPlayerEver: Black should have played 8...Ng3

Trust me. I am an expert 😎

Jan-29-17  SirRuthless: ^^^
Yeah Fabiano forgot the theory for once.
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  luzhin: 63...Kd7 looks terrible, abandoning the g-pawn, but the problem was that 63...Kf7 allows 64.Rc7+ Kf8 65.Rxg7! Kxg7 66.Kxc3, and this K+P ending is trivially winning for White.
Jan-29-17  mrbasso: 3...Nf6 is risky stuff.
Jan-29-17  dumbgai: The veteran master can still teach a lesson to the young dynamo.
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  OhioChessFan: Agreed about Black's 8th move. 17. Qxd4 was the inevitable result.
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  PhilFeeley: Nigel the Caro killer...
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  OhioChessFan: Amazing how logical the whole game is conducted. Black made a very sloppy move to lose a Pawn, and White just inexorably pushed that extra Pawn on the Queenside until he created a winning position. 36. c6 creates a very nice impression. Should be a POTD. 71. g6 is the cherry on top.
Jan-30-17  ndg2: You can't play CK against Nigel
Jan-30-17  izimbra: Black is meant to play <8...Nxc6> in this opening. <8...Nc6> is a poor, probably unintentional novelty.
Jan-30-17  SimonWebbsTiger: Was very funny that Garry Kasparov tweeted he felt sorry for Fabiano but had to congratulate his fellow senior citizen on the win. (Whilst Nigel was going through the game with Jovanka Houska on the live broadcast.)

GK was the last 2800+ player he beat, btw.

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  keypusher: Some beautiful endgame sacrifices...thanks to Luzhin for explaining what was going on at move 63.
Jan-30-17  Imran Iskandar: 61...Bf6 was the decisive error, I think. Maybe Fabiano was too focused on saving the pawn, since instead he could have played Bf4, saving the g6 pawn and preventing any pawn pushes.
Jan-30-17  SimonWebbsTiger: Nigel actually spoke about karma. He shook hands with Cheparinov, who was on his team in the Battle of the Sexes match the evening before, and pointed out how the 63...Kf7 64. Rc7 K moves 65. Rxg7 line was reminiscent of the finish to his (proper) game v. Cheparinov at Wijk aan Zee.
Jan-30-17  hcgflynn: Why did black give up the d4 pawn with move 16? After it, white is clearly in control. Maybe 16. - g5 or 16. - 0-0 would have been better.
Jan-30-17  Marmot PFL: I also thought that castling was the correct move at move 16.
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21. Bxd5! This was the move that Nigel said was his favourite. It looks slightly pointless but it is the start of a general advance of the white pieces.

Feb-02-17  Pedro Fernandez: How many times Short could defeat Caruana? Indeed short! Now some people thinks that So will be the next World Champion. Seriously? I doubt So defeats Caruana in a formal Match. The problem is that Caruana never will can defeat Carlsen.
Feb-02-17  gopi11: You doubt? The score between these two is 9-4 with 12 games drawn, classical and rapid/blitz. Guess who's got 9 wins?
Feb-02-17  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks <gopi11>! And nice to know you! I infer you're talking about Caruana vs So, that's right? If so, I didn't know about that statistics, and it is incredible, don't you?
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  whiteshark: An euphoric <Nigel Short> tells us how it feels to beat (the former) World No. 2:
Feb-06-17  Howard: Wow! Wasn't aware of this game until Whiteshark mentioned it. Thanks!
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  Sally Simpson: Yes Whiteshark, one of the best after game interviews I've seen for a long time.

Not been 100% confirmed yet but this, I think, won the Best Game Prize'.

(if you are reading this in the year 2020 and wondering why all the hesitancy it is because the no prize list has been published and the event finished a week ago.)

Nigel says he did no prep for the other than deciding on his first move.

2.Nc3 may have taken Fabiano slightly unaware. Nigel says he has played in the past but won a game with it v Maxim Rodshtein last year in a game not yet on the database.

Good Interview.

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  Sally Simpson: Another sourse (more trusted than Alan - think he's done a joke on me ) says the Best Game Prize went to Topalov vs B D Deac, 2017

The whole thing is cock up. Why is it such as mystery as to who won what at Gibraltar. What are they hiding?

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