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Viswanathan Anand vs Fabiano Caruana
Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz) (2018), Paris FRA, rd 10, Jun-24
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-14-18  Justin796: Fabiano sucks...
Aug-01-18  Doug4Chess: When it comes to chess, I'm a patzer. Nonetheless, I humbly submit that Caruana, on his 45th move, blew a golden opportunity to turn the tables on Anand (who was a piece up), and go on and win the game. Anand's 45th move, Nd3, appears to be an excellent one: besides protecting against a pawn promotion by black at c1, the move places black's queen under simultaneous attack by white's bishop and knight. Instead of playing 45...Qxd6, Caruana should have played 45...Qf1, placing white's king in check. After white moves 46. Kh2, Caruana's queen could have captured white's unprotected knight at d3. With that capture, white's bishop at d6 is doubly threatened by black's queen and bishop, and black's pawn at c2 is threatening promotion at c1. Both the Stockfish and SmallChess Pro apps show black winning the game hands down after black's queen takes the knight at d3. Case closed (I think).
Oct-02-18  Albanius: Stockfish has black with a winning advantage after white's 51 Kg2 by playing 51..Kd6

51..Kd7?? was the losing move, allowing 52 Nxc5+.

But Doug is correct that 45 ..Qf1+ and 46..Qxd3 would have won immediately.

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