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Sergey Karjakin vs Fabiano Caruana
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 12, Mar-24
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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  beenthere240: I think I called it on move 24.
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  OrangeTulip: Could it be nerves that both Caruana and Shak throw away their chances?
Mar-24-18  Absentee: I don't know about Mamedyarov, but Caruana never seemed to be the type to buckle under pressure.
Mar-24-18  Marmot PFL: probably black did not expect the exchange sacrifice and couldn't find a good defense.

I will have to find the interview video.

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  Big Pawn: Post game interview
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  whiteshark: Game analysis by Peter Svidler: (29 mins)
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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL: I will have to find the interview video.> Here you are:
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  hoodrobin: A rematch C vs K would be really boring, so go Caruana! (my opinion, just a matter of sympathy).
Mar-24-18  MrQuinn: And Caruana is done. Fade complete.
Mar-24-18  botvinnik64: Caruana is 25 as is Ding. Girl is 23, So is 24 and Yu Yangyi 23. Those are some of the names you'll see at the next Candidates, I think.
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ has analysed this game, too: (~18 mins)
Mar-24-18  technical draw: <eyalbid> referenced this comment that I made in 2006! I've been here too long:

Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974

Mar-24-18  cormier: 23...g5 ? propably the losing move
Mar-24-18  Immortal Gambit: Compare move 39 here with move 40 in Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016

See the resemblance?

Mar-24-18  The Kings Domain: Impressive rook sacrifice and game by Karjakin. Nice to see the Petroff in action in a top-notch tournament (albeit unsuccessful with this one).
Mar-24-18  Petrosianic: It wasn't a Rook sacrifice, it was an Exchange sacrifice.
Mar-25-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: doubling the Rs on the e file is a better positional factor

1. = (0.25) d 30 dpa: 23...Rde7 24.g5 hxg5 25.fxg5 Be5 26.Bg2 Bxh2 27.Bd2 Be5 28.Qf5+ Re6 29.Bd5 Kb8 30.Bxe6 Rxe6 31.Rd5 Qe7 32.Qd3 Rd6 33.Qe4 Re6 34.Qf3 Qe8 35.Qd3 Bc7 36.Bf4 Kc8 37.Bxc7 Kxc7 38.Qg3+ Kb7 39.Qf3 Ka6 40.Rf5 Re3 41.Qd5 Re7 42.Ka2 Qd7 43.Rf1 Qxd5 44.cxd5

2. + / = (0.37) d 29 dpa: 23...Kb8 24.h4 Rde7 25.g5 Bd4 26.Bxd4 Re2 27.Qf3 cxd4 28.Rxd4 R8e3 29.Qg4 hxg5 30.fxg5 Rf2 31.Re4 f5 32.gxf6 Rxe4 33.Qxe4 Rf1+ 34.Ka2 Rxf6 35.Qe8+ Qc8 36.Qe5+ Qc7 37.Qe2 Rf4 38.h5 Rf8 39.Qe6 Rh8 40.b4 Rd8 41.Kb3 Qd6 42.Qf7 Qd7 43.Qf4+ Qd6 44.Qd4 Qc7 45.Qe4 Qd6 46.Qd4 Qc7

Mar-25-18  Saniyat24: The Russian...he has tenacity, man...!
Mar-25-18  paladintanks: Go Wesley you can do it avenge your loss to kariakin even the score play giuoco piano exchange sacrifice .
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  Joshka: <saniyat24> He was born in Ukraine, spent his first 20 years or so there.
Mar-25-18  DansChessLounge: I'm impressed at how Karjakin went for the exchange sac in order to play a more ambitious position. Bravo!!! For a recap of the game check out the Youtube video --->
Mar-26-18  Ulhumbrus: 10 a3 moves a pawn and invites the pawn attack ...b4.

10...h6 moves a pawn. One alternative is 10...Rb8 preparing the pawn attack ...b5, ...a5, and ...b4. If Karjakin has prepared this and found out what can happen beforehand, Caruana will have to prepare it and find out what can happen beforehand as well.

Another alternative is 10...0-0-0.

If after 13...c5 the d pawn is going to become a target one alternative is 13...Qa4 followed by 14...0-0-0

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  keypusher: <ulhumbrus> <10...h6 moves a pawn. >


Mar-28-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Ha! There's the Sergey pic on the Dancing Rook!>


That was maybe too much of a good thing! When Karjakin -finally- spotted their dancing Rook, it did something to them ;)

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