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Varuzhan Akobian vs Fabiano Caruana
US Championship (2017), Saint Louis USA, rd 10, Apr-07
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0
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  Richard Taylor: Some times there are sensational or notable tournaments and Caruana is in one of those. It doesn't mean Caruana has reached the end of his career. Karpov and Kasparov have but I think Caruana is a bit younger to say the least. Everyone makes errors. Caruana will come back.
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  RookFile: I just had this strange feeling Akobian was going to win today. See page 1 of this thread.
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  iking: 50... c4, this MOVE should put Akobian the ropes, but he did not, SAD.
Apr-08-17  paavoh: <Caruana and Nakamura not Candidates material... > Well, both have already qualified once to such a tournament. Material is there, but is the performance right now?
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  FSR: <morfishine: Very well played game by Akobian, probably his best positional effort in recent memory. Very enjoyable to watch his positional edge translate into tactical trump(s).>

Are you joking?

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  perfidious: Something happened on the way to White's date with the abattoir....
Apr-08-17  Everyone: <<Everyone> makes errors. Caruana will come back.> Uh, no and no.
Apr-08-17  WorstPlayerEver: F6 such a bad move, but behind the board everything is different.
Apr-08-17  Muttley101: <FSR: <morfishine: Very well played game by Akobian, probably his best positional effort in recent memory. Very enjoyable to watch his positional edge translate into tactical trump(s).

Are you joking??>

No, he's trolling.

Apr-08-17  morfishine: <FSR...Are you joking?> No, but perhaps that is a stretch. I'm a firm believer that great tactics always stem from superior positional play. Here, I was mainly impressed with Akobian's ability to "fly all over the place" to hold and finally win vs Fab, which according to my thinking, he would not have been able to do if he had a sub-par positional stance


Apr-08-17  Imran Iskandar: According to Caruana's post-game interview after his win against Shabalov, he became dizzy near the end of the first time control, which likely explains his inexplicable decisions which led to his demise.
Apr-08-17  morfishine: <Imran Iskandar> Thank you, perhaps that clears up some things


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  Marmot PFL: In the classic book "Think Like a Grandmother" GM Alexander Kotov called this condition "Dizziness due to success".
Apr-08-17  morfishine: <Marmot PFL> I have to mention that a certain member with the name of <SirRuthless> has attacked you without basis

I want to say that I support you


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  perfidious: No-one cares what <sirgormless> thinks, other than himself; and he imagines that his views are holy writ.
Apr-08-17  SirRuthless: Love that ignore button. :D
Apr-09-17  morfishine: <perfidious> ROFL "<sirgormless>"
Apr-09-17  FlashinthePan: How can 76... f6 possibly be played at that level? Was Caruana in zeitnot?
Apr-09-17  paavoh: With respect to <name-calling in English>, I learn every day here at CG: <sirgormless>
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  Absentee: <paavoh: With respect to <name-calling in English>, I learn every day here at CG: <sirgormless>>

Try Shakespeare.

<The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.>

<Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!>

<What a brazen-faced varlet art thou!>

<Draw, you whoreson cullionly barber-monger, draw!>

<A stone-cutter or painter could not have made him so ill though they had been but two years o' th' trade.>

<Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!My lord, if you will give me leave, I will tread this unbolted villain into mortar and daub the wall of a jakes with him.Spare my gray beard, you wagtail?>

Apr-11-17  paavoh: Thanks <Absentee>, I assume your fourth quotation might serve as a "polite" offer to split the point.
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  patzer2: Black appears to have missed wins with 47...Qd8+ (-3.32 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15), 50...c4 (-3.51 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15) and 55...Qd2 (-2.53 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

The decisive error was 76...f6?? allowing 77. Qa7+ (+6.02 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

Instead, 76...Qf1+ = (-0.27 @ 29 depth, Deep Fritz 15) holds.

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  cormier: -2.30 Black is winning, Stockfish 8 64| Depth: 25 |

-2.30 38. ... Qa5 39. Rc8 Qxa3 40. Nb1 Qa5 41. Qb2+ Nf6 42. Nd2 g5 43. Rb8 Kg6 44. Rh8 Qe5 45. Qxe5 Rxe5 46. Kf1 Rb5 47. Nc4 Nd7 48. Rg8+ Kf6 49. Nd6 Rb1+ 50. Ke2 Rb2+ 51. Kf1 Nc5 52. Re8 Rb1+ 53. Ke2 Rb4 54. Kf1 Rb2 55. Nxe4+ Nxe4 56. Rxe4 b5 57. Rd4 c5 58. Rd1

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  cormier: -3.16 Black is winning, Stockfish 8 64 | Depth: 25 |

-3.16 47. ... Qd8 48. Nf4 Rd1+ 49. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 50. Kh2 Qd6 51. Kg1 Qc6 52. Qe5 b5 53. g4 hxg3 54. fxg3 b4 55. g4 Kf8 56. Kf2 Nd7 57. Qd5 Qxd5 58. Nxd5 Kg7 59. Ke2 f6 60. Kd2 Kf7 61. Kc2 g5 62. Kb3 Ke6 63. Nc7+ Kd6 64. Ne8+ Ke7 65. Nc7 Ne5 66. Nb5 Ke6 67. Nc7+ Kd6 68. Ne8+ Ke7

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  cormier: 0.13 Equal, Stockfish 8 64 | Depth: 26 |

0.13 34. Qxb7 Qxc5 35. Kg1 Ne5 36. Qb3 Qa5 37. Rd1 Ra7 38. Qc2 Qb5 39. Bd4 Qa4 40. Qxa4 Rxa4 41. Ne2 Rxa3 42. Nc3 c5 43. Nxe4 cxd4 44. Nxf6+ Kg7 45. Ne8+ Kf8 46. exd4 Kxe8 47. Re1 Kd7 48. Rxe5 Ra1+ 49. Kh2 Ra2 50. f3 Kd6

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