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Georg Meier vs Fabiano Caruana
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe/Baden Baden GER, rd 3, Apr-02
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  0-1
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Apr-02-18
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  luzhin: Caruana missed beautiful win with 24...Nh2 (obvious) 25.Nd4 Nf1!! (not obvious!) 26.Kxf1 Bc4+ 27.Ke1 Qh1+! and mate next move.
Apr-02-18  goodevans: <28.Qxa6> was an absolute gift. It's pretty damn obvious that Meier needed to move his horse.

Caruana then threw away a big opportunity by eschewing <29...Qh2+ 30.Kf1 Rd8>. Fortunately for him, Meier's inaccurate play over the next few moves gave him back the win.

I don't think Carlsen will be handing out second bites at the cherry if Caruana misses them first time around.

Apr-02-18  Lupara: <goodevans> <"I don't think Carlsen will be handing out second bites at the cherry if Caruana misses them first time around.">

Hmm ... you mean like when Carlsen handed out a bite of maraschino cherry with move 37. ... Rbb7 or when he handed out a bite of a bing cherry with 54. ... a5 in:

Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018

Apr-02-18  fisayo123: What a tremendous overreaction to g5. Talk about giving your opponent so much respect.
Apr-02-18  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 6 d4 is 6 d3 followed by 6 Be3 and Nbd2 and if Black castles on the queen side White has the plan of Rb1 followed by b4, a4 and b5 as in the games Capablanca vs Janowski, 1914 and Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1974

One justification for 7 Qxd4 is that 7...Qxd4 moves the queen a second time

One justification for 8 Qxd4 is that 8...Qxd4 moves the queen a third time

Instead of 9 Be3, 9 Bxe7 removes Black's bishop pair.

10...g5?! declares that Black is going to cstle on the queen side. This suggests that White is advised well to prepare a queen side pawn storm by Rb1, b4 and a4 after first completing his development.

11 Nc3 instead of 11 Nf3 gets the queen's knight out. One justification for 11 Qe2 is that if Black exchanges queens he won't have to worry nearly as much about any exposure of his king.

12 h4?! may be premature as Black has not castled on the king side.

12 Nc3 continues to develop.

Meier may be making the same mistake as that made by Kramnik in the game Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1974 and by Anand in the game Karjakin vs Anand, 2016

That is to say after the move ...g5 has given Meier an advantage, that advantage may be only slight at present and not sufficient to justify a violent attack on the king side.

Lasker quotes Steinitz's principle of proportion according to which the aim has to be proportionate to the degree of advantage. If White's advantage is only slight it may be advisable for him to have a modest aim, and to play to continue his development.

It may be asked why Meier does not gain victory in the centre against Black's king side attack. One answer is that he does not manage to open the game in the centre.

Apr-02-18  BOSTER: <luzhin > <24...Nh2 25.Nd4>. What if 25.Qe3?
Apr-02-18
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  luzhin: After 24...Nh2 25.Qe3 Bc4! wins.
Apr-02-18  Toribio3: Move #5-Qf6 is an innovation! Caruana is a man with critical thinking ideas. This authentic ideas we really need in the chess world. Go Caruana and may you be our next World Champion.
Apr-02-18
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  morfishine: <luzhin> is correct! both on his original post and the answer to <BOSTER> (I actually found 25...Bc4 too)

Bravo! Nice find <luzhin>

*****

Apr-02-18  fisayo123: It's only an innovation if its never been seen but Caruana himself has played Qf6 in the past. It's one of black's many options on move 5
Apr-03-18
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  pdxjjb: What was the point to 21 b4? Is it possible Meier want to play b3 and put the piece down on the wrong square?
Apr-03-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <pdxjjb>: What was the point to 21 b4? Is it possible Meier want to play b3 and put the piece down on the wrong square?>

I think there was probably more method in his madness than that :-) If 21. b3, one possibility is to win a pawn with Bxb3 and the Q is attacking the bishop on b6, but after 21. b4 Bxb3 Bxc5 and it's just a trade. Also if 21. Ng3, for example, Bc4 simultaneously attacks the rook and the bishop on b6

Apr-03-18
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  saffuna: <What was the point to 21 b4? Is it possible Meier want to play b3 and put the piece down on the wrong square?>

He probably wanted to get his bishop on b6 back to defend.

Apr-03-18
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  luzhin: Note that White's King could not exit stage left: if 36.Kf1 Qf3+ 37.Ke1 Bb4 checkmate!
Apr-03-18
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  denopac: Does 5...Qf6 have a name? If not, it deserves to be named for Georgian FM <Varlam Vepkhvishvili>, who has 16 games here at CG in this line. 5...Qf6 has been used occasionally since 2007 by a number of strong players, including Carlsen, Caruana (earlier), and Mamedyarov.
Apr-03-18  BOSTER: Black to play 34... is a nice puzzle for beginners.
Apr-03-18
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  Jonathan Sarfati: 38. Kh2 Qh3+ 39. Kg1 Bc5#.
Apr-03-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<BOSTER>: Black to play 34... is a nice puzzle for beginners.> Yeah! But for a little more than beginners my dear <BOSTER> cause the mate is with the bishop!
Apr-03-18
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  ChessHigherCat: 33. Black to play is a good puzzle for top GMs. What a beautiful move.
Apr-05-18  Justin796: I love how people point out magnus' inaccuracies with the help of stockfish. Caruana handed him zero cherries in their recent match. Carlsen doesn't have six engines running like the newbs on here who think its easy to convert a .01 advantage.
Apr-05-18
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  keypusher: < denopac: Does 5...Qf6 have a name? If not, it deserves to be named for Georgian FM <Varlam Vepkhvishvili>, who has 16 games here at CG in this line. 5...Qf6 has been used occasionally since 2007 by a number of strong players, including Carlsen, Caruana (earlier), and Mamedyarov.>

It's very old. Fischer wrote about it in 60MG, I remember.

E Schallopp vs Harmonist, 1887

If it needs a name, how about the Harmonist variation?

Apr-06-18
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  cormier: <<<<luzhin:> Caruana missed beautiful win with 24...Nh2 (obvious) 25.Nd4 Nf1!! (not obvious!) 26.Kxf1 Bc4+ 27.Ke1 Qh1+! and mate next move.>

luzhin:> After 24...Nh2 25.Qe3 Bc4! wins.>

Apr-06-18
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  cormier: 1) =0.00 (40 ply) 21.b3 Nh2 22.Ne5 Ng4 23.Nf3

25.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

Apr-07-18
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  denopac: <If it needs a name, how about the Harmonist variation?>

Max Harmonist definitely deserves a variation in his name. I tried this line at my club today, but unfortunately White took on d4 with the Queen and we transposed to the tried and true paths.

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