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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Mar-30
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Domdaniel: Looks drawn despite the pawn.
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  Marmot PFL: The opposite color bishops rule out serious winning chances.
Mar-30-17  sudoplatov: With Bishops of Opposite Colors, the winning side needs either widely separated Passed Pawns or attacking chances. The presence of Rooks does give some chance of attack. However, White cannot swap Rooks or Bishops except under unusual circumstances (like a win in sight.) I'd guess a draw lacking more material.
Mar-30-17  Strelets: <sudoplatov> For sure. It's not hard to imagine an opposite-colored bishop ending where one side is three pawns down and can still draw thanks to an unbreakable blockade on the light or dark squares. I still appreciate that they both tried to play it out and create winning chances (however small they might have been) rather than just agreeing a draw on the 31st move though.
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  Marmot PFL: This game followed well known recent games like Caruana-Eljanov from the Olympiad and Adams-Giri from Tata Steel. Caruana thought for some time on 15 Re2. The alternative was probably Qxc6, not sure what the computers would say or if either is dangerous to black.
Mar-30-17  SirRuthless: Qxc6 is not a move you play without prep. It's being invited and it leads to a forced draw or a better position for black after the obvious Bb7 Qd7 if white is not careful. Re2 was very clever given the recent success Caruana has had against Nak with white and the tournament situation. Nakamura saw f4 but didn't trust it or think it was worth the risk. Caruana gambled and escaped what was, considering the opponent, a weak opening performance in this the game.
Apr-01-17  Pedro Fernandez: As in the Berlin, in the Rossolino I never like exchange my powerful bishop, but, it is apparent that the theory advices this, and a lot of GMs follows such advice.
Apr-01-17  Pedro Fernandez: Better said, chess programs!
Apr-01-17  Pedro Fernandez: After 29.Rxc5, why to play more.
May-28-17  Clement Fraud: 5.O-O seems curiously passive. 5.d4 appears more appropriate to me (with the intention of of recapturing with the Queen following an exchange of pawns).
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  ChessHigherCat: <Domdaniel: Looks drawn despite the pawn.> You're a poet who doesn't know it.

What was with the pawn sacrifice 35...g5? Couldn't he just have played Kf6 instead?

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