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Fabiano Caruana vs Vladimir Kramnik
Isle of Man Masters (2017), Douglas IMN, rd 1, Sep-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Reshevsky Variation (D36)  ·  1-0


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  Sokrates: Kramnik could have resigned at least 10 moves earlier. Well played by Caruana.
Sep-23-17  Marmot PFL: Good choice of opening by Caruana after several Berlin defenses (although he has scored well vs the Berlin also).

It takes courage to play 18 0-0-0 as any inaccurate moves can cost white dearly. Caruana mentioned that 27 g5 would not be good because of Nxb5 28 axb5 Rxb5 29 gxf6 Qxf6 30 Rhg1 Rab8 with counterattack, and earlier Rb8 and b5, b4 might have been better than 20...c5 which weakened black's center.

Sep-23-17  falso contacto: Looks quiet, then g4.
Sep-23-17  Imran Iskandar: Good play by Caruana eventually brings home the full point.

Kramnik certainly could have resigned much earlier, but if I were White there's a sizeable chance I'd play a horrible blunder such as 64. Kc5??

Sep-23-17  WorstPlayerEver: Ghe 46... Ra7 must be the Patzer Move Of The Year!
Sep-23-17  Clement Fraud: A very interesting game: On his third move black had the option of playing the Hennig-Schara Gambit (3... c5 4.cd5 cd4). With the white pieces, grandmasters often like to prevent the possibility of playing against the Hennig-Schara by developing their King's Knight first (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3); I wonder why Kramnik did not try this?
Sep-24-17  et1: Why is it that in this tournament Kramnik plays in a fixed board and therefore plays Caruana in the first round ? These two circunstances are quite unsual, I believe,
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  HeMateMe: if after 42...RxR 43.PxR K-f5, 44.g6 Kxg6, 45.K-a3 K-f4,f5 Both sides will Queen, but white will queen with check, on the b8-h2 diagonal. Isn't that a drawn position?
Sep-30-17  Nerwal: <With the white pieces, grandmasters often like to prevent the possibility of playing against the Hennig-Schara by developing their King's Knight first (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3); I wonder why Kramnik did not try this?>

The Hennig-Schara just isn't played at +2600. This certainly isn't a concern.

<42...RxR 43.PxR K-f5, 44.g6 Kxg6, 45.K-a3 K-f4,f5>

42. ♖xd4 43. exd4 ♔f5 44. d5 is won for White without any trouble; Black can neither take the d pawn nor create his own passed pawn without letting it run.

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  cormier: 1) +0.26 (22 ply) 14...Rb8 15.O-O b5 16.Nac3 Nhf6 17.Ng3 Bb7
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  cormier: 1) +0.20 (30 ply) 14...g6 15.O-O Rb8 16.Rae1 Qh4 17.Kh1 b5 18.Nac3 Nb6 19.Ng1 Qf6 20.b3 Bd7 21.Rc1 Rec8 22.Qd2 Ng7 23.a4 bxa4 24.bxa4 c5 25.Nf3 cxd4 26.exd4 Ne6 27.Ba6 Rc7 28.Qxh6 Bxa4 29.Nxa4 Nxa4

2) +0.20 (29 ply) 14...Qd6 15.Rc1 g6 16.O-O Qe7 17.Qc3 Qh4 18.Kh2 Qd8 19.Qb3 Rb8 20.Qc2 Qe7 21.Qc3 Ra8 22.Kh1 Ng7 23.Rfe1 Nf6 24.Nb6 Ra7 25.Ng3 Be6 26.Red1 Nd7 27.Qb3 Qd8 28.Nxd7 Bxd7 29.Qc2

12.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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