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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Fabiano Caruana
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 10, Mar-22
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Peligroso Patzer: <morfishine: Brilliant combination by Kramnik! He's back in it!>

36. Qe5 was a clever trap set by Kramnik, and, running short on the clock, Aronian fell into it.

Kramnik nevertheless still has quite a hill to climb to contend for first place, having several players ahead of him in the standings and being two full points behind the leader with only four rounds remaining.

Mar-22-18  sadow: Now black can go for win!!
Mar-22-18  Marmot PFL: Only these two players can win now. Grischuk had a chance but barely even tried today.
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  ChemMac: Now Black could try to win the game. I think Mamedyarov would have been sensible to take the draw.
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  ChessHigherCat: <technical draw> Is this a technical draw?
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  Sneaky: Jan Gustafsson from chess24 said "Do we need such drama just to make a draw?"
Mar-22-18  Petrosianic: If Jan is complaining that the draws aren't more boring, he just might be trolling.
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  Sneaky: No, Jan wasn't complaining, he just expected the perpetual after 41...Rxg3+ 42. Kf4 Rgf3+ etc. (as did a few us here) ... but instead they decided to explore every last complication.
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  Sneaky: I think at this point they can safely say there are no more complications!

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  ChessHigherCat: Oh come off it, axb and white has a miracle mate?
Mar-22-18  Petrosianic: Fabian hit good and hard in this game without having to get wild. White never had a chance to play for a win.
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Mar-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: Not sure.. is it really a draw???
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  Breunor: I think it is great these two chess stars fight it out to completion! I think we have seen that even though computers say a game is even, fighting chess can pay off (especially for spectators).
Mar-22-18  Petrosianic: Caruana-Kramnik. ANYTHING can happen in that game.
Mar-22-18  morfishine: <Peligroso Patzer> I was being a little sarcastic, but am glad Kramnik stopped the skid
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  Sneaky: Fabiano decided not to try his last hope: the Inarkiev gambit. That's where you illegally place your king right next to his, and if your opponent doesn't call an abiter, you claim victory.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Sneaky> Great idea, he still has 30s left!
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  AylerKupp: <<Breuner> I think we have seen that even though computers say a game is even, fighting chess can pay off.

When the computers say that the game is even it doesn't mean that it will end up in a draw (although that is the logical outcome). It means that the computer thinks that the chances are equal for both sides. You could almost say that if the computer says that a position is "Even", that's similar to a human saying that the position is "Unclear".

Mar-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: If Caruana had played 58... Kf7 would 59. Kxf7 be an illegal move? Questions, questions..
Mar-22-18  JimNorCal: Kramnik tricked a depressed Aronian, and glad to see Vlad's slide end. But that won't work against Fabi. Look for a Caruana victory tomorrow.
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  WannaBe: Coudda have draw(n) this game 15 moves earlier. Can't believe actually played down to K v K ending. Wassamatta with these two? Don't like each other? Got nothing to do afterwards so they played 15 (unnecessary) moves???
Mar-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: <WannaBe>

This is what they call 'fighting chess' ;)

Mar-22-18  JimNorCal: I like the fighting chess part of it, to be honest. Of course when you are down to bare kings ...

But I wonder: perhaps both players secretly vowed not to offer a draw. In the end the Arbiter had to tell them to go home LOL

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