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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fabiano Caruana
London Chess Classic (2017), rd 6, Dec-07
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I was just going to write N(g)f4 but the sneak beat me to it
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Now if white plays all the worst moves, black wins: Kg3 Ne2+ Kh4 Nexd4, etc.
Dec-08-17  BOSTER: Capa'd say white has to win because of the pawn majority on the Queen's side.
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Black pretty much has to play Ra8 and then move the king over
Dec-08-17
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Perhaps ...Ra8 and then ...Nd8 to cover all three of Black's weak pawns. In the days of adjourned games, a Petrosian, Karpov or Fischer might find a clear win for White overnight, but nowadays, the task becomes much harder as the moves pile up and the physical stamina winds down.
Dec-08-17
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  Marmot PFL: Ra7 Nd3+ is nothing special for white
Dec-08-17
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  moronovich: -Ra8 is likely too slow.Better-h5 and if Rxa7 then Nd3+ and takes on b2.
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: g5 would be possible, too, since if Rxa7 Nd3+ king moves and Nxb2 but it takes computer to calculate all this out
Dec-08-17
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  chessdgc2: White's position looks more fun to play
Dec-08-17
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  moronovich: Anand and Karjakin have just chickened out.
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I arrived too late but to see how the N ended up on h2 but it looks like some kind of bizarre handicap: I can beat you with one hand tied behind my back, or with my N on h2...
Dec-08-17  Gudrun: Carlsens ist sehr compliziert
Dec-08-17
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  chessdgc2: There are two problems Black's gotta deal with (perhaps more than two). First, his back rank sux. Second, his a-pawn looks like one of my back teeth. His N's "look good", but are they? White hasn't got anything that will give him an ulcer about....
Dec-08-17  paavoh: Simply Re7-Re8 and repetition?
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Kf8 is probably a better way to create luft than my suggestion g5, which would allow Nh2 to Nf1 Ng3 Nf5
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: That's the same as offering a draw but who wouldn't in black's position?
Dec-08-17
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  chessdgc2: Perhaps 31 Rb3 as 31 Rxe8+ favors Black. However, whether White keeps his R or trades it, Black should still be able to hold. Hence: .5-.5
Dec-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I surmise you spent a few minutes typing that :-) I think Ne6 and white has a permanent weakness on d4, whoops he just played Ng2+
Dec-08-17
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  Marmot PFL: Second game of the day to repeat the position and draw.
Dec-08-17
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Knights can prove so infuriating and annoying. 34.Kd3,Ne1+; 35.Ke2,Nc2; 36.Kd3,Nb4+ won't happen because White will see the trap, but provides an example of exemplary obstreperousness.
Dec-08-17
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  Marmot PFL: Th remaining three games are interesting at least.
Dec-08-17
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  whiteshark: Naka-Carlsen would be great. Interesting material imbalance there...
Dec-08-17
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  chessdgc2: White can't allow ...Nd3+. So Ke3 and Black can decide if he wants to repeat the position (yawn)
Dec-08-17  JimNorCal: Looks like Fab was agreeable to a draw from the get-go. The move 27 Rxa7 to create a passed pawn looks interesting but Black would get the pawn back easily, for example Nd3+ and Nxb2. Also the B is awkwardly placed. If the King goes to e2 then Nxd4+ wins a pawn due to the pin.
Dec-08-17  JPi: Not sure about but 16.KxB Ne4 17.Re2 with Bf4-Ne5 then only f3 For example 17...h6 18.Bf4 g5 19.Ne5 Ndxc5 20.dxN gxB 21.Nd3 could be a better way to test this position.
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