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Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: Yes, ...Re3 could be met by Be5 and Black may have to return the exchange. Bottom line: Draw?
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  offramp: A superb, fighting, exciting draw. Well played!
Jan-16-18  ewan14: Seconded ( that emotion )
Jan-16-18  john barleycorn: To God be the glory and many thanks to Caruana who generously donated a draw to those in need.
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  WannaBe: Caruana was suffering from jet lag. =))
Jan-16-18  john barleycorn: yeah, jetlag, bio rhythm, underdose of omega 3 etc. pp. stopped Caruana from nailing the <messiah> on the board. Though I did not expect the two guys to go out for chess adventures. Luckily for the spectators that they did.
Jan-16-18  Fanques Fair: Caruana missed some wins here.
Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: He often seems to due to bad time management.
Jan-16-18  JPi: Should White exchange the Queens ? Simply 34.Qh8 threatening xe7 or Bg5-Bh6 xQxNg8+ looks very good and not very difficult. Time pressure? .
Jan-16-18  alfamikewhiskey: Caïssa will visit Caruana in his sleep (much like Queen Mab visits lovers and lawyers) and remind him of one of her commandments: "Thou shalt not fail to convert +4,00"
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  ChessHigherCat: Has anyone figured out why So didn't play 23...fxg4? If 24. fxg4?? Qxg4 25. Bxe7 Nxe7 threatening Nxf5 at least wins a pawn for black. Caruana must have been planning 23...fxg4 24. f5 or something but I don't get it.
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  WannaBe: Here you go:

1) +5.06 (27 ply) 25.fxg4 Qxg4 26.Bxe7 Rxf4 27.Rxf4 Qxf4 28.Bd6 Qh6 29.Rf5 Re8 30.Be5+ Rxe5 31.Rxe5 Qf4 32.Kg2 a6 33.Re8 Kf7 34.Ra8 Ne7 35.Qf3 Qxf3+ 36.Kxf3 a5 37.Rxa5 Nc8 38.Ra8 Nd6 39.Rd8 Ke7 40.Rh8 Kf6 41.Ne2 Kg5 42.Ke3 b5

2) +4.06 (27 ply) 25.Bxe7 Nxe7 26.fxg4 Rf7 27.f5 Rh8 28.Qe3 Kf8 29.fxg6 Nxg6 30.Rxf7+ Kxf7 31.Rf5+ Kg7 32.Qg5 Qe7 33.Nh5+ Kh7 34.Qxe7+ Nxe7 35.Rf7+ Kh6 36.Rxe7 Rg8 37.Nf6 Rg5 38.Kf2 Kg6 39.Ne8 Rxg4 40.Rg7+ Kf5 41.Nd6+ Kf4 42.Rxg4+ Kxg4 43.Nxb7 Kf4 44.Na5 Ke4 45.Nxc6

3) +1.86 (27 ply) 25.Qe3 Nf5 26.Nxf5+ Rxf5 27.fxg4 Rxe5 28.Qxe5+ Kf8 29.f5 g5 30.Bxg5 Re8 31.Qg3 Qg7 32.Be3 Rxe3 33.Qxe3 Qxg4+ 34.Kf2 Nf6 35.Qe5 Qh4+ 36.Ke2 Qg4+ 37.Kd2 Qg2+ 38.Ke1 Qe4+ 39.Qxe4 Nxe4 40.Rh1 Kg7 41.Rh5 Kf6 42.Rh7 Nd6 43.Rh6+ Ke7 44.Ke2 Nxf5 45.Rh7+ Kd6 46.Rxb7 Nxd4+ 47.Kd3 c5 48.Rxa7 Nb3 49.Ra6+ Kc7 50.Rf6 c4+ 51.Kc3 Kb7 52.Rg6

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  ChessHigherCat: Hi <WannaBe> Wow, you must be some kind of bionic man! But I was asking about 23..fxg4 before black's rook is on the f-file:

23. Ng3 fxg4 24. fxg4 Qxg4 25. Bxe7 Nxe7

Can you crank her back a notch for me?

Jan-16-18  JPi: So unlucky... Time pressure? Specially astonishing because White has very rationally and cautiously built their advantage.
Jan-16-18  JPi: <ChessHigherCat> Probably Re5 and Rg5 with a strong pressure on g6 . One pawn down for such attack is a pleasure.
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  WannaBe: Here you go:

1) +1.43 (26 ply) 24.Re5 gxf3 25.Rxf3 Qg4 26.Bxe7 Nxe7 27.Rg5 Qh4 28.Qe3 Kf7 29.f5 Nxf5 30.Nxf5 Rxe3 31.Nxh4+ Rxf3 32.Nxf3 Kf6 33.Re5 Rh8 34.Kg2 b6 35.b4 Rc8 36.Kg3 a5 37.bxa5 bxa5 38.Kg4 Rb8 39.Re3 a4 40.Ne5 Rb3 41.Kf4 Ke6 42.Nxc6+ Kd6

2) =0.00 (25 ply) 24.Bg5 gxf3 25.Re5 Qg4 26.Qxf3 Qxf3 27.Rxf3 Nf5 28.Nxf5+ gxf5 29.Rg3 Nf6 30.Bh4+ Kf7 31.Rxf5 Re6 32.Kg2 Rh8 33.Bg5 Re2+ 34.Kf3 Re6 35.Kg2

3) -0.43 (25 ply) 24.Re2 Nf5 25.Nxf5+ Qxf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Re5 Nh6 28.fxg4 Rxe5 29.fxe5 Kg6 30.gxf5+ Nxf5 31.Bf2 Kh5 32.Kg2 Kg4 33.a4 Rh8 34.b4 Rh3 35.Re1 Ra3 36.e6 Ne7 37.b5 Rxa4 38.bxc6

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  ChessHigherCat: <JPi> Re5 is an interesting idea but but black can trade everything off with 26...Nf5! and black's a pawn up in the end game:

23. Ng3 fxg4 24. fxg4 Qxg4 25. Bxe7 Nxe7 26. Re5 Nf5 27. Rxe8 Rxe8

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  ChessHigherCat: <JPi> I see, you meant 23...Re5 right away. Stockfish seems to agree with you according to <WannaBe>. Okay, thanks guys!
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  ChessHigherCat: Wow, I wonder if Caruana really foresaw that whole combination? What a phenomenon that guy is!
Jan-17-18  Junbalansag: Congrats to these two guys, Wesley So and Caruana, giving us an exciting draw we seldom see today.
Jan-17-18  epistle: On the contrary. Habitués at the So page find ALL his draws exciting: before, during and after the games. in fact all his forthcoming draws at the Candidates are giving them excitement already as may be seen from their more recent posts.
Jan-20-18  john barleycorn: <epistle: On the contrary. Habitués at the So page find ALL his draws exciting ...>

Yeah, at the So page everyting is exiting:

losses because they are intentional,
a draw because they could almost be a loss, and victories because they happened in the name of the Lord.

Alleluja, 3 rosaries and Amen

Jan-20-18  WorstPlayerEver: Yeah well, I saw 25. Bxe7

So... why am I not a top ten player? ;)

Jan-20-18  john barleycorn: <WorstPlayerEver: Yeah well, I saw 25. Bxe7

So... why am I not a top ten player? ;)>

You are Top 11 at the moment but there is room for improvement. Goolala

Jan-20-18  WorstPlayerEver: <john barleycorn>

Ha ha first I have to buy a chess set. I only have a plastic one atm.

I was just thinking, a chess set must inspire me. And since chess sets nowadays are horrible (for instance: the Queens are too small), my eye fell on one which cost me 4 months pay only :)

That I must see GMs play with standard chess sets is already gruesome enough. They have no dignity it seems. They are friggin' posing with Bert and Ernie. Like imbeciles. Not to offend real imbeciles btw.

Time for a-changin'!

But then... I must beat the engines 😀

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