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Fabiano Caruana vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 3, Mar-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: This is a great game, really down to the wire. These guys are my 2 favorites so I can't lose but it's a battle of the titans (which one will play the role of the Titanic?)
Mar-12-18
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  Check It Out: <Titanic> Caruana: ill Never let go, Shak.
Mar-12-18  Kudzi123: Mamedyarov really fighting he could have take a draw by repetition, let's see how it goes
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: If Kh2 Qe8 Qxd5? Qxh5+ wins the holy-roller
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Sorry, if Kh7 (I have such bad handwriting my 7s look like 2s
Mar-12-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Surprisingly, White has played the same three moves that I had been analyzing. Therefore, they can't be good, right? Anyway, he has restrained the e-pawn and attacks the h-pawn, but 44...Bh6 or ...Bf4 seems to secure everything and threaten ...Qxd5 or ...h5-h4. Black may also offer a perpetual with 44...h5; 45.Qh5+ et cetera.
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Qe6 is the only move I can see
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: See, Aronian would never have lost to Kramnik if I had stuck around to advise him instead of going out to buy yogurt and Red Bull
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Rf1 eez only moof, no?
Mar-12-18  BOSTER: Push b4.
Mar-12-18
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  DWTaylorSr: Looks like Caruana is going t give up the exchange and go for the draw after all.
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: If e2, white doesn't even have to play Qxe2, just Re1 and black has nyattink
Mar-12-18
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  DWTaylorSr: I agree with you. Re2 and Re1 look ok. The game still looks like it will end up drawn. Maybe later they would fight for a result.
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I just noticed some complications with Re1, though, if Be5 Rxe2 Qf1+ wins the rook
Mar-12-18
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  Mateo: Of course, 47.Qxf5 gxf5 48.Rxf4?? is not winning a piece. 48...e2, Black wins.
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: At least now, white can play Kc2. Before it was suicide with Kc1 e2+!
Mar-12-18
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  Mateo: 48...Bg3 leads to a draw. The threat is ...e2. 49.Rxf5?? e2. White has to play 49.Rg1 f4 50.Kc2 e2 51.Kd2 e1Q+ 52.Rxe1 Bxe1+ 53.Kxe1 and draw.
Mar-12-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Mateo: I was looking at that, too, but what if white plays 50. c5 instead?
Mar-12-18
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Mar-12-18
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  Jimfromprovidence: FWIW This is the Stockfish analysis at the end.

=0.00 (28 ply) 50.Kc2 e2 51.Kd2 e1=Q+ 52.Rxe1 Bxe1+ 53.Kxe1


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53...h3 54.Kf2 f4 55.b4 Kf6 56.Kf3 Ke7 57.c5 Kd7 58.c6+ Kc7 59.Kf2 Kb6 60.b5 Kc7 61.Kf3 Kb6 62.Kf2


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Mar-12-18  Fanques Fair: Epic game. Fair result.
Mar-29-18
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  Eggman: I think this was the only Sicilian in the tournament! Who could have seen that coming?!
Mar-29-18  Petrosianic: It's unusual, but not shocking. The Sicilian has been on the wane for some time now at the top level.
Mar-30-18  Nerwal: It seems there were only two sicilians played at the 2016 Candidates tournament : one by Topalov, and the last round game when Caruana was forced to play for a win as Black. Both games were lost by Black.
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