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Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2017), rd 5, Dec-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Black took the sting out of a potential Rd5 with 31...b5. But White still has Bb2 and/or f4 to menace the e5 pawn. Perhaps Anand should play 32...Qxc5; 33.Rc3?
Dec-06-17  notebene: Another draw
Dec-06-17  BOSTER: Maybe the strange Ra5.
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  Marmot PFL: Queen trade (Qxc5) seems best chance for black, if white cooperates
Dec-06-17  BOSTER: Now white with such tempo has the initiative.
Dec-06-17  BOSTER: Black is lost if I am right.
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  Marmot PFL: Hard to understand why black lets e5 go with queens on. dont see any counterattack
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  PhilFeeley: And the winning streak has started. Congrats to Fabiano.
Dec-06-17  not not: Fabiano spoiled drawfeast again...
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  Marmot PFL: Two straight wins, didn't expect that.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Quite the struggle; looking forward to the computer analysis of this game.
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  Domdaniel: A great win by Caruana. Carlsen should also win today to stay in touch.
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  whiteshark: <2 in a row> It creates an appetite for more...
Dec-06-17  Ulhumbrus: Anand has resigned. The commentators remarks and computer analysis suggest that he has to omit to cover perhaps just one of White's potential threats somewhere in order to gain a lost game after the mistake 33...Bg6?.
Dec-06-17  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations and one remark from a commentator suggest that having played 18...f6 Anand needed to stop the move g5 by 20...h6.
Dec-06-17  ketchuplover: 34.Rd8 looks interesting imho
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  OhioChessFan: Thanks for the live game.
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  SirRuthless: As I said on page 1, brilliant prep from the best lab in elite chess.

With his prep alone Fabiano is a threat to win candidates. He is going to force his opponents into nonthreatening, bland lines and when he is challenged in a spanish or sicilian or gruenfeld he will unleash some monstrosity of preparation that lasts until either he wins or the game draws on move 60. This is a guy that can unseat a bored and somewhat weakened Magnus who is more interested in picking lint from his girlfriend's neither regions with his teeth than staying abreast of the latest developments in theory.

Dec-06-17  newton296: <SIrRuthless Magnus who is more interested in picking lint from his girlfriend's neither regions with his teeth than staying abreast of the latest developments in theory.>

I Cant blame him for this. there is more to life then chess and magnus now realizes.

Dec-06-17  fisayo123: Anand despite the 28 draws will never stray from his Berlin. Legendary player but pretty much pointless these days.

I'm glad Caruana chose this ultra-aggressive set-up and crushed him

Dec-06-17  sudoplatov: These games sometimes seem like they could have been played by Mason vs Gunsberg.
Dec-06-17  sudoplatov: The opening is effectively a Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation.
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  Jambow: The theme in both the London Caruana victories has been that of Rome itself. No blitzkrieg no guerilla warfar here. Steadfastly advances his forces step by step towards the enemy monarch, ignoring casualties with the discipline of a Roman Legion. If this is preperation bravo to his team it is stylistically appealing to this chess fan.

To the rest of the participants we will be passing out testosterone patches for the latter rounds. Boys will be boys but men stand out!

Dec-07-17  Ulhumbrus: According to Tiger Hillarp on the chessbase page 27...a4? is Anand's first mistake allowing White to open the long diagonal for his bishop by 28 c4!, and 27...b5!! is necessary. 32...b4? is the second mistake which turns a draw into a loss. So it took just two mistakes to turn an advantage into a lost game. Here is a link to the page:

This suggests that the capture 25...gxh6, although not bad by itself, makes the threat of 27 b3 and 28 c4! stronger for White, so 27...b5!! becomes necessary and so if Black chooses to play 25...gxh6 he also has to pay greater attention to the threat of 27 b3 and 28 c4 and prevent the latter move by 27...b5 instead of 27...a4?.

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  HeMateMe: I guess it would depend on the girl, and the lint.
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