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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
Altibox Norway (2018), rd 5, Jun-02
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0


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Jun-02-18  Octavia: hi all!
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  offramp: Hello Octavia.
Jun-02-18  technical draw: Dancing rook time!
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  ChessHigherCat: hi Octavia!

Bf1 and stand up Karjakin!

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...drew Anand today. This game was pretty good too.

Jun-02-18  technical draw: That was pretty sneaky, <sneaky>.
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  whiteshark: like a boss
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Karjakin spent what little time he had left on 35..Bxh3. Was that move a result of desperation, or delusion?
Jun-02-18  WorstPlayerEver: 12... d5 was a bad move. After 15... Qg5 Black is posituonally lost. It was that bad. That position is worth a study.
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  Gypsy: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: Karjakin spent what little time he had left on 35..Bxh3. Was that move a result of desperation, or delusion?> Black was lost by that time.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Gypsy: Black was lost by that time.> Yes, but the only reason I "knew" that because I could see the evaluation by The Computer. I was just curious if Karjakin "saw" something that wasn't there, or was just trying to muddy things up and hope for the best.
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  Onsey Seyon: I hope GM Ding Liren gets very strong, all healed with steely improvement. It would be nice if he got a visit from a group of his fellow GMs. They could bring him a present, a new tricycle or something even nicer!👹 Chinese takeout with two sides of rice. The happy nuclear family!
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  Onsey Seyon: Sneaky, 'the NEXT world champion?'. Sorry, butt I would remind thee that a certain Robert James Fischer has not lost a match, yet. Of course, he might very well be doing other activities these nights, besides playing that old bord game. 👹 Donut, anyone?
Jun-02-18  dehanne: Guess you can't rattle out 30 moves of computer preparation every day.
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  pdxjjb: I was going to ask whether Karjakin was just unprepared for the opening, but it turns out the "book" does not appear to go very deep. 7 b3 is a near novelty (3 previous games in database). 7...0-0 is novel (7...d5 in all three previous) but the engine thinks it's just fine and that the game is even after 8...Re8.

So I guess about all you can say is that Karjakin didn't play very well in the early middle game and Fabi was very sharp.

Jun-02-18  Ulhumbrus: Having parted with his black squared bishop Karjakin weakens the black squares further by 14...e4. Perhaps Karjakin has overlooked something.
Jun-02-18  evzal86: Caruana got his revenge!
Jun-02-18  Clement Fraud: <WorstPlayerEver> <That position is worth a study.>

Amen. I find it difficult to grasp how a grandmaster (and one who has challenged for the world championship) could be capable of such a fledgling game? 5... Bxc3? was also an appalling choice (considering that white had invested a tempo in placing his Queen on c2).

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Played the 4.e3 variation of the English Four Knights often during my playing days because the theory sometimes ended as early as move 6. Doesn't surprise me at all that they left book before move 10.

Black does not err when playing ...Bxc3, even if White avoids doubled pawns. As in the 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian, Black gives up the Bishop because his remaining minors have good activity. If 5...0-0; 6.Nd5,Re8; 7.Qf5,d6; 8.Nxf6 is the main line where White has play vs. the weakened King side. 5...Bxc3 is an adequate alternative if Black does not like weak pawns.

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  perfidious: <Clement Fraud>, 5....Bxc3 is a standard line from the 1970s, adopted to avoid 5....0-0 6.Nd5 Re8 7.Qf5. Used to play the White side a fair amount. My preference from the other side of the board was 5....d6, which Timman tried against Korchnoi long ago.
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  Penguincw: < evzal86: Caruana got his revenge! >

How badly did Karjakin mess up at the cooking competition on the Rest Day?

In any case, Caruana had an extra day off due to Ding Liren's injury, and he probably put it to good use.

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  OrangeTulip: Caruana just finished the book on the English by Cummins
Jun-04-18  Toribio3: I love this game. Caruana is a master of defense. He let Karjakin enjoy his attack and later, Caruana ambushed him in broad daylight with no sweat.
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  al wazir: If the combination beginning with 35...Bxh3 had worked, this would be a Game of the Day.

But the combination didn't work, so it isn't.

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