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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1
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Aug-17-17
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  SirRuthless: The B pair is clearly stronger. ;-p
Aug-17-17
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  FSR: A masterful performance by Nakamura. Caruana never had a chance against Naka's mighty bishops.
Aug-17-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <FSR: A masterful performance by Nakamura. Caruana never had a chance against Naka's mighty bishops.>

The bishops were strong at the end but for the first 45 moves or so they were just glorified pawns with no play at all, especially the DSB.

Aug-17-17  devere: After 57 moves Naka was dead lost. Even I could have played 58.Qxc7 and beaten him. I wonder what happened to Fab?
Aug-18-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: <FSR>

Bollocks. Do you write the same bollocks at wiki? I suppose so.

Aug-18-17  groog: As pointed out, Nakamuras bishops were useless, hoisted by their own petard. It took a mighty effort for Caruana to lose this one.
Aug-18-17
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  FSR: I was joking, of course. I was astonished that Caruana could actually lose such a game - but that's blitz, I guess.
Aug-18-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: Lol well I wasn't joking. I put my chess bucks on Caruana.

Never put your chess bucks on Caruana. He plays like a pinball machine.

Furthermore I am pretty embarrassed by this whole rapid/blitz stupidy.

It's worse than coffeeshop chess. If one wants to see darts, then watch darts.

We can follow the same bollocks on teh net every minute. It's pure iconoclasm.

Time to destroy some statues. Buildings. Cities. Countries. Why not the whole planet?

Aug-18-17
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  Domdaniel: People who don't understand irony should be left to stew in their own, um, "stupidy".
Aug-18-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: Well, obviously I was joking 😊
Aug-18-17
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  FSR: Here's another (in)famous Caruana collapse: Akobian vs Caruana, 2017. Cost me some chessbucks, since I had bet on him to win the game. To be fair, Caruana obviously does some things right, since he is after all ranked fifth in the world. Chess is a hard game.
Aug-18-17  schweigzwang: <Why not the whole planet?>

We're working on it.

Aug-19-17
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  Richard Taylor: Yes I watched this game FSR was joking but some people say those kinds of things after games. The move was probably 27 b3 and Nakamura was shut out. When Yasser said this was positionally lost for Nakamura I didn't understand then I noticed the terrible position Nakamura was in. It was only a matter of time, with the right plan, that Caruana should win but of course this is the nature of blitz.
Aug-19-17
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  Richard Taylor: <FSR: Here's another (in)famous Caruana collapse: Akobian vs Caruana, 2017. Cost me some chessbucks, since I had bet on him to win the game. To be fair, Caruana obviously does some things right, since he is after all ranked fifth in the world. Chess is a hard game.>

That was a good fight back by Akobian who dropped a pawn but then hung on like grim death. I am (on a much lower level and perhaps like many) someone who gets into many bad positions and still wins or the other way around.

So I believe that chess has a lot to do with luck, that this 'random aspect' is indeed what makes it a 'game'. It is effectively, for humans, insoluble. Nor to I think modern players make fewer blunders. I love blunders. Where would we all be without blunders?

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