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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2017), London ENG, rd 9, Dec-11
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0


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  Gypsy: <Nice fighting spirit rather see someone puch then go fetal on us....> ???
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  ChessHigherCat: I distinctly remember somebody saying that Caruana -- besides being slow and a mediocre tactician -- lacked the killer instinct/fighting spirit to win. Best prediction since "that dang machine will never get off the ground!"
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  watwinc: what does black do after 45 rc7, threatening e6 and rxb7?
Dec-11-17  Jambow: Sorry computer is stuttering a bit malware or Russian hackers not sure. Push and than.... editor is on strike too tuff times here.
Dec-11-17  chessdgc2: Just got here...right off the top of my head, 45 e6 looks tempting
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  ChessHigherCat: watwinc: what does black do after 45 rc7, threatening e6 and rxb7?

In that case, he could have played 45...Rd3! (if QxR QxR). This is much better

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  Gypsy: <Ulhumbrus: <ChessHigherCat: Caruana reminds me of the story of Hannibal's father who made him swear with his hand over the flames never to make peace with Rome.> If that is why Hannibal ended up defeated it suggests that it can be a mistake to resolve to never make peace with an enemy.>

Well, it was Rome that wowed never to make peace with Carthage. Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus just carried out the military campaigns, both in Iberia (Illipa, against Hannibal's brother Mago Barca) and Africa (Zama, against Hannibal himself). But Rome, as the whole, steadfastly supported the course. In cotrast, Hannibal's support at home was of an on-again/off-again variety; and it led to Carthage's destruction.

Dec-11-17  Ulhumbrus: One nice resource given by the computer is 46 Kg3? Rd3!! discovering the threat of 47...Qg1 mate!
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: Rd3- Qe1
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  ChessHigherCat: <Boster Rd3 Qe1> That's true but then Qc6 hitting the white rook and f3
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: e6 is nice with the pin the black rook.
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  offramp: The trouble is, the rook on e8 is too close to the black king. That rook was better on c8.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Ulhumbrus> Good point about the risk of mate in 1 after Kg3. There aren't many pieces left but there's still enough hot spots to keep smoke pouring out of my ears. Also, if e6 f6 there's Re7+ now
Dec-11-17  chessdgc2: BOSTER: Yes, I liked 45. E6, but White chose to move his R on c8 to e8 which is puzzling to me. Oh well, Im GMs see more than just ghosts :)
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: e6 -fxe6. White king is too open.This is the problem
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  ChessHigherCat: The R on e8 is much better than on c8 because if e6 f6 Re7+ (he couldn't have played Rc7+) and if Kf8 Rf7+ and his royal hiney will be mated anon. Also it prevents e6 fxe6 followed by e5 which would solve all black's problems.
Dec-11-17  Ulhumbrus: The 58th move has been reached. Here is a link to a live page:
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  ChessHigherCat: Another win for the slow, bad tactician who lacks killer instinct... Will this place him back on top?
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  offramp: Caruana could have won much earlier with

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44. e6!+-.

He played 44. Rc8 and Adams nearly got away with it.

Dec-11-17  Ulhumbrus: Caruana has won and we will see a playoff between Caruana and Nepomniachtchi
Dec-11-17  chessdgc2: Thank you so much for the cast! will a championship between Caruana & Nepo be broadcasted by If so, can you give us a time? Thanks!
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  ChessHigherCat: Such a talent and he can even dance the Kazotsky without moving his head:
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  MissScarlett: With the format change, looks as if this will be Mickey's last London Chess Classic. It's been a nice little earner on his part, but it does feel like he's been coasting in recent years, in the knowledge that a -2/3 result won't overly harm his rating. Let me draw his stats together...
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  thegoodanarchist: As we speak, on the home page, right-hand side, there is a section called "recent kibitzing" and this game is at the top.

Next to the link to this game is a little red dot that flashes.

Makes me think of cashmere....

Dec-12-17  Ulhumbrus: 18...a5 begins a plan to manoeuvre the queen's rook to b3. The trouble is that the rook will become then a target for the manoeuvre Nd4. A better plan may be to free the c pawn as quickly as possible by eg 18...Nd8
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