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Fabiano Caruana vs Zviad Izoria
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Apr-21
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: 70 Ke4 looks like the best chance to draw. Stopping the rook pawn is critical.
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  Marmot PFL: At any rate the rook ending gives more chance than the knight ending, as knights have a hard time coping with rook pawns.
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  thegoodanarchist: Heh heh. The last 30 moves look, to all the world, to be Caruana trying to be an endgame grinding beast like Carlsen.

Now, I realize, Fabi has time to work on his endgame, mind you.

He may be ready in time for THE MATCH.

But he ain't ready now, I can see that much.

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  Sally Simpson: Funnily enough 6,300 miles away in Shamkir on the same day Carlsen was also involved in a Knight v Rook's pawn ending.

Carlsen drew his game.

R Mamedov vs Carlsen, 2018

Taking nothing away from Izoria one can say the past few hectic weeks have caught up with Fabiano. But it does look like he simply refused to steer this towards a draw.

He knocked back a draw offer from Izoria on moves 33-36 and here.

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White played 69.Nc6 missing an alert and well spotted 69...Ne3+ and the game looks very grim from there.

Any other sound move, even 69. Kxd6 looks like it should hold. White can give the Knight up for the h-pawn, on d7 it's close enough and that's a book draw.

The correct temperament but in the wrong setting. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and say to yourself this lad is not going to blunder today. (so you do)

He will bounce back.

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  Zibbit: My analysis of this game:
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  FSR: You'd think that Caruana's crushing loss last year in Y Zherebukh vs Caruana, 2017 would have taught him not to screw around with players with Zs in their names! Zviad Izoria has twice as many Zs as Zherebukh! HELLO!
Apr-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: Weird game where Fabi keeps on pushing in an equal position and completely misses Zwischenzug 69... Ne3+. Zviad then misses 70... Rh8 (70... Rc6=), whereupon Fabi misses 71. Nd5=

Maybe these guys should take a rest from their engines so once in a while.

Apr-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: 69. Kxd6 Rxc4

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Obviously Fabi feared this position, but it still is a draw.

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  perfidious: <FSR>, some people are stubborn, or are in the slow reading group.

Stubbornness gets my vote here. (laughs)

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  FSR: I neglected to mention that Nazi Paikidze (another 2 Z-er) is co-leader of the women's group.
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  Big Pawn: https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagra...
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  Richard Taylor: I watched this with (delayed by 20 minutes) coverage as if it was live and it was exciting as I wasn't sure who was going to win until the end. I felt for both players. It was good to see Izoria play so confidently and it was one of those games when a player is somehow sucked into a hole pursuing some kind of illusion. I think it is virtually only the R pawn that is so hard to stop with a N.

So it was unfortunate for Caruana. Such is chess and life.

Apr-22-18  Lupara: Definite case of Caruana needlessly over-pressing in an equal/drawn position late in the game.

Izoria played tenaciosly and deservedly won.

Apr-22-18  Whitehat1963: Significant upset with black!
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  zanzibar: <<FSR> You'd think that Caruana's crushing loss last year in Y Zherebukh vs Caruana, 2017 would have taught him not to screw around with players with Zs in their names! Zviad Izoria has twice as many Zs as Zherebukh! HELLO!>

Yeah, never enough Z's...

Apr-23-18  Saniyat24: Piano Lesson in St.Louis...!
Apr-23-18  Imran Iskandar: Reminiscent of Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016.
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  HeMateMe: quite the planner--Fabs figured out that he would have a rook pawn late in the endgame, which the Knight can't defend against.
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  cormier: <<<<<17. Bd2> better is 17.Bd3 c6 18.Bd2 Ba7 19.Rab1 Bc5 20.c4 Qb6 21.a3 Rec8 + / = +0.59 (27 ply)> 17... Neg8> better is 17...Nfg8 18.Bd3 Rf8 19.Nhf5 Nxf5 20.exf5 Nf6 21.c4 Bd4 = 0.00 (30 ply)> 18. Nhf5 + / = +0.58 (27 ply)>
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  cormier: <<<<<69. Nb6?> 69.Kxd6 Ne3 70.c5 h4 71.Rb3 Nf5+ 72.Kd5 Kf4 73.Rb4+ Kg5 = 0.00 (41 ply)> 69... Ne3 = / + -1.14 (32 ply)> 70. Ke6?> 70.Ke4 Re8+ 71.Kf3 Ng4 72.Rg7+ Kh6 73.Rc7 Ne5+ 74.Kg2 = / + -0.92 (32 ply)>
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