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Fabiano Caruana vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
London Chess Classic (Tiebreaks) (2017) (blitz), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-11
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Black played an ingenious pawn sacrifice beginning with 15...b5 that didn't quite work out. Would 32...Qxb3; 33.Qxc6,Qxd3; 34.Qxd5,Rd8 have improved his chances of drawing?
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  ChessHigherCat: <An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Black played an ingenious pawn sacrifice beginning with 15...b5 that didn't quite work out.>

Hi. Very interesting game. Some of these games have been really bizarre, I don't see how anybody can call them "boring". Anyway, about b5, maybe it was more of the "lesser of evils" than a voluntary sacrifice. If he had played 15...Na5 instead, white could have played d5 with the threat of b4 and Nepo would have had to lose at least a pawn to save the N anyway.

If 15...Nb6, 16. a5 followed by Nd5 looks very annoying.

<Would 32...Qxb3; 33.Qxc6,Qxd3; 34.Qxd5,Rd8 have improved his chances of drawing?>

Maybe, but white has 35. Ra8 and if Rxa8 36. Qxa8 it's true that black is putting pressure on d4 but Bh6 would tie down the N on e6

Dec-12-17  KSchlecher: Is there any way to avoid losing queen after Qf7? BTW Congratulates on Caruana's victory.
Dec-12-17  Nosnibor: <KSchlecher> Black can play Qb4 and the queen does not fall.
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