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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 5, Mar-15
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-15-18
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  whiteshark: other games:
Grischuk plays Modern Benoni vs Aronian,
Ding-Mame with another Catalan,
Kramnik with a Semi-Tarrasch against So
Mar-15-18  Walter Glattke: In 1964, 3 DDR-Sailors worked together against the West-German sailor, but Tokio Olympics let the West-German start, the 3 East-Germans were banned. If there were a consequence political teamwork by the three Russians, they would be closed out, I think.
Mar-15-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Fab took 10 minutes for the 9th move, which shows how (un)important preparation is in some cases.
Mar-15-18
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  HeMateMe: doesn't Anand also like this pawn structure? Once black gets in c5 the game is equal.
Mar-15-18  technical draw: I believe the players will relax today and take early draws. We are not yet in the "must win" round.
Mar-15-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a laptop keyboard is ruined in somebody's backyard
Mar-15-18
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  chessdgc2: 12...Rc8 seems natural, 12...Nb4 seems interesting
Mar-15-18
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  Kapmigs: I hope Caruana wins and pulls away to make the games of the others look sillier each passing draw
Mar-15-18
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  Mateo: It seems that White cannot keep the extra pawn. For instance, 13.Qc3 Rc8 14.Be3 Nd5.
Mar-15-18  Walter Glattke: Potential for Qd5-Nd7-Rc6-Rfc8, getting a gambit with counter attack here?
Mar-15-18
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  Mateo: Karjakin can be satisfied by his opening play. I believe this one should be very likely a draw.
Mar-15-18
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  HeMateMe: Looks sorted, somewhat drawish.
Mar-15-18
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  chessgames.com: Any requests for which game to switch to next?
Mar-15-18  Ulhumbrus: On 21...Bf6 Black's bishop attacks the b2 pawn whereas the white bishop attacks nothing on the long diagonal
Mar-15-18  Ulhumbrus: <chessgames.com: Any requests for which game to switch to next?> How about the Aronian - Grischuk game?
Mar-15-18
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  Mateo: <chessgames.com: Any requests for which game to switch to next?> The sharpest one seems to be Aronian vs Grischuk.
Mar-15-18  Absentee: <chessgames.com: Any requests for which game to switch to next?>

I'm for Kramnik's.

Mar-15-18
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  morfishine: <CG> How bout Ding - Mamed
Mar-15-18
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  Marmot PFL: Not surprised to see a draw, just surprised that the Cat wins as often as it does.
Mar-15-18
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  Marmot PFL: Aronian-Grischuk probably the best of a somewhat boring day.
Mar-15-18
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  rogge: <Absentee: <chessgames.com: Any requests for which game to switch to next?> I'm for Kramnik's.> Ok, but I'd prefer Aronian-Grischuk
Mar-15-18
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  perfidious: Caruana was content to maintain his position, while Karjakin was pleased to draw easily with Black after yesterday's disaster. Not much else to tell here.
Mar-15-18
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  whiteshark: <I'd prefer Aronian-Grischuk> Me, too!
Mar-15-18
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  pdxjjb: Two games on the same day, both Catalans, both drawn on move 31. How odd.
Mar-17-18  technical draw: Final position is the classic draw position. Equal number of pawns on both sides of the board and opposite colored bishops. No passed pawns and nothing to attack with. 1/2-1/2.
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