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Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe GER, rd 8, Apr-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <Pedro Fernandez: If I were Caruana (LOL!) I would take the c8-bishop since its opposite becomes quite powerful.>

Yes, that is an option to consider, of course. But that knight on d6 looks strong and can be supported by white's DSB, at least for now.

Apr-08-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Looking at 19...Bxb2; 20.Rb1,Be5 (or 20...Bf6; 21.Nxc8,Rxc8; 22.Rxb7). Black also has 19...Nb4 and 19...Ne5 as options.
Apr-08-18
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  ChessHigherCat: The idea of Bf4 was to prevent Be6 Nxb7 Rb8, of course
Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <ChessHigherCat: The idea of Bf4 was to prevent Be6 Nxb7 Rb8, of course>

If white plays Nxb7, black will counter with Bxb2.

Apr-08-18  Pedro Fernandez: << Count Wedgemore>: <Pedro Fernandez: If I were Caruana (LOL!) I would take the c8-bishop since its opposite becomes quite powerful.> Yes, that is an option to consider, of course. But that knight on d6 looks strong and can be supported by white's DSB, at least for now.> Look at my dear <CW>, what's Caruana idea by playing 19.Bf4 unprotecting b2-pawn? Honestly I don't see it!
Apr-08-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <CW> Of course, so much for my precoffee powers of analysis :-)
Apr-08-18  not not: why not taking b2 pawn why no bravery and no risk? who dares wins!
Apr-08-18  Ceri: My usual question - can either player Queen a pawn? Not in my way of thinking.
Apr-08-18
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  eternaloptimist: @ CHC: 😃 I know the feeling! I'm usually not very mentally alert until after I drink some coffee ☕️ also!
Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <ChessHigherCat: <CW> Of course, so much for my precoffee powers of analysis :-)>

Yes, but I like your idea of ...Nb4. That does indeed look interesting. Perhaps better than taking on b2 at once. But perhaps we both need more coffee!

Apr-08-18  Pedro Fernandez: << not not>: why not taking b2 pawn why no bravery and no risk? who dares wins!> It is a better preserves the bishop my friend, IMO.
Apr-08-18  not not: Pedro I was thinking bishop b2 and then bishop e5 to exchange bishops
Apr-08-18
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  ChessHigherCat: The idea of Bf4 may still have been to prevent Rb8, because it looks more promising than Bxb2 Rb1
Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <Pedro: what's Caruana idea by playing 19.Bf4 unprotecting b2-pawn? Honestly I don't see it!>

Well, he took black''s b7-pawn, so I guess he can afford losing his b2-pawn, <Pedro>.

Apr-08-18  Pedro Fernandez: Now the nice white queenside pawn structure will be destroyed!
Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: No need for you to make more coffee, <CHC>. Aronian played what you suggested, 20...Nb4. Looks like a good move.
Apr-08-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I don't take any credit for that since I missed the obvious Bxb2, but it does look pretty good. White couldn't play c3 because of NxB or b2 because of BxR or Rb1 because Na2 or a3 because of Bxb2 Rb1 Nxe3
Apr-08-18
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  offramp: If Black does get to play ...Nxd3 then it will be very drawish.
Apr-08-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And good grief--just agree to the draw and get it over with, please.
Apr-08-18
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  whiteshark: "The game between Fabi and Lev is about to finish in about 30 seconds..."

--Peter Svidler

Apr-08-18
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  Count Wedgemore: Indeed, ...Nxd3 is exactly what happened, <offramp>. I think Aronian found a clever way to simplify into a dead draw from a slightly worse position where his winning prospects were close to zero. So a good decision by him.
Apr-08-18
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  whiteshark: * said after <28.Bxb8>
Apr-08-18
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  whiteshark: Carlsen-Vitiogov pls. It's the only game w/ queens otb and a potential longer fight in it.
Apr-11-18
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  Richard Taylor: <offramp: <Richard Taylor: ...Carlsen does no preparation for chess tournaments except to play soccer, sip glucose, nibble chocolate, watch movies: and to spend hours practicing to make no effort.> I heard it slightly differently. I read that Carlsen likes to nibble glucose, practise watching soccer, sip chocolate with great effort and pretend to be in movies. Which is correct?>

All versions are true and not true. Just as there is simultaneously a God and a Not God so everything is simultaneously true and not true. That is, all versions are true as well as being untrue.

Apr-12-18
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  offramp: Up to 11.d5 the same as G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1866.
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