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Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So
Your Next Move (Rapid) (2018), Leuven BEL, rd 1, Jun-12
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1


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Jun-12-18  jerry crus: called, completely outplayed!
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  iking: scrambled egg ...
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  Richard Taylor: To win one tends to need to outplay but you don't need to completely outplay. I was one of those Rapid games.

But I think that Rapid, while I used to not like it, means more fun games for those playing and the spectators. The errors are sometimes what makes the game and they maybe are not so concerned about the results as such.

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  whiteshark: GM Huschenbeth has analysed this game:

"In a typical Ruy Lopez variation, both sides were maneuvering when Caruana seized the centre and pushed his pawn forward to d5. So found a good way to react to it and had nice control over the b-file throughout the game. When Caruana and So reached a position with opposite colored bishops, many expected the game to end a draw. But not so quickly... Enjoy watching!" (~ 11 mins)

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  lost in space: Nice game by So. Very well played. Maybe I have to change my mind about this young fellow
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  Viktorerro: Good n Fun games, really.
These two fellas really, really compliment each other with fun, decisive games when the occasion really calls for...reason for MC to be like these😟😥😧😬😩
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  patzer2: [Event "Your Next Move (Rapid)"]
[Site "Leuven BEL"]
[Date "2018.06.12"]
[EventDate "2018.06.12"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Fabiano Caruana"]
[Black "Wesley So"]
[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2816"]
[BlackElo "2778"]
[PlyCount "96"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 <The computer choice and the most popular move is 6. 0-0 as in White's recent win in I Saric vs A Kozak, 2018> 6...b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4 <This is the most popular. However, the computer choice is 8. c3 as in White's win in Grischuk vs W So, 2018> 8...Bd7 9. c3 O-O 10. Bc2 Re8 11. Re1 h6 12. Nbd2 b4 <This is the first instance of this move in our database. Perhaps it's a novelty. Previously played was 12...Bf8 as in the drawn game Karjakin vs Leko, 2011> 13. d4 = This is good for eqaulity. Better IMO is the computer pick 13. h3 ⩲.> 13...Rb8 14. d5 bxc3 15. bxc3 Na5 16. Ba3 c6 17. c4 Qc7 18. Bd3?! <This wastes a tempo, puts the Bishop on a weaker square and concedes the advantage to Black after 18...Bg5 ⩱.> 18...Nb7 19. Nb3 a5 20. Bc1 Bg4 21. Be3 Nd7 22. h3 Bxf3 23. Qxf3 Nbc5 24. Nxc5 Nxc5 25. Bxc5 dxc5 26. Bf1 Rb4 27. Red1 Reb8 28. g3 cxd5 29. exd5?! <Stronger is 29. Rxe5 = (-0.08 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9)> 29...Bd6 ⩱ (-0.41 @ 22 ply Stockfish 9) <Black has fully equalized and now has a small but clear advantage> 30. h4 Qd7 31. Bd3 g6 32. g4? <White is desperate to generate counterplay, but this doesn't help. Better is 32. Qf6 ⩱ (-0.33 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 32.?)> 32...Qe7 ∓ (-1.25 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 32...?) <Black now enjoys a much stronger advantage.> 33. h5 Qg5 <This is good, but even stronger according to the computer is 33...e4 ± (-1.22 @ 22 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 34.?)> 34. hxg6 fxg6 35. Qg2 Rf8 36. Re1 Rb3 37. Re3 Rf4 38. Bf5? <White is even more desperate to create counterplay, but this doesn't work. According to the computer evaluation, White is lost after 38...Rb2. Objectively better but very possibly still losing is 38. Be2 ∓ (-1.02 @ 23 ply> 38...Rb2 -+ (-1.87 @ 24 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 38.?) 39. Be6+ Kg7 40. Rf1 Rxc4 41. Qg3 Rbb4! <With this strong move, it's now an easy mop up operation for Black to secure the win.> 42. Qh2 Rf4 43. Kh1 e4! <This clearance move is a win for Black, but also strong is the simple pawn grab 43...Rxa4 -+> 44. f3 h5! -+ (-7.51 @ 18 ply, Stockfish 9)<Opening up the file with h5 is a simple attacking move which is absolutely crushing. The rest, as they say, is a simple matter of technique.> 45. Qh3 hxg4 46. Bxg4 Rb8 47. Qg3 Rh8+ 48. Kg2 Rxg4 0-1 <White resigns a hopelessly lost position as it's mate-in-nine moves (Stockfish 9 analysis of move 49.?).>

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  patzer2: Instead of 18. Bd3?! ⩱ (-0.46 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 18...?), I prefer the computer choice 18. h3 = (0.00 @ 23 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 18.?).
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  Richard Taylor: <patzer2> Good analysis. Once White blocked the centre with 29. exd5 Black blockaded with Bd6 and had the only file. White had trouble making counter play. Then Qe7 by Black means he is holding all weaknesses and has a strong advantage.

It was a matter of timing for White he could only push his pawns up if he could break through. He needed either g4 or f4 in such a way that he kept files open and the B's were still able to be active. A very good game by Wesley So.

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  patzer2: <Richad Taylor> Thanks. Your comment about 29. exd5?! is concise and insightful. No doubt 29. Rxe5= would have greatly improved White's chances of securing the draw.
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