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Fabiano Caruana vs Vladimir Kramnik
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-10
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Marmot PFL: Not an easy game but it had to be discouraging for Caruana not to be able to win this. 39 Rc4, Rc6, then c4, b4, c5 to dislodge the Bb6 looked like a good plan.
Jun-10-17  devere: Add this to the list of won games Caruana was unable to win. The two with Topalov at the 2016 Candidates Tournament cost him the right to challenge Carlsen for the title.
Jun-10-17  UrVileWedge: Why doesn't White play 43.bxa6?
Jun-11-17  devere: <UrVileWedge: Why doesn't White play 43.bxa6?> He was worried about 43...c5.
Jun-11-17  Gregor Fenrir: Caruana had huge advantage but wasted it in time trouble. 1. Instead of 32. ♘h3 white could play 32. ♘h7 ♖xh7 33. ♘xd5 ♖f7 34. ♖c4 followed by ♖c6 or ♘f4+.

2. 32. ♖c4 and 33. ♖b4 are mistake. According to Stockfish 8 33... a6 34. bxa6 ♖a5 equalizes.

3. 39. ♖c4 is better than 39. ♖aa4, but Caruana had only few seconds left before time control.

4. After 42... a5 43. ba6 ep would retain some advantage.

Jun-11-17  Imran Iskandar: There really is a game collection to be made of 'Caruana's Botched Wins Due To Time Trouble'.

Hopefully he can improve his time management.

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