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Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand
Chess Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 4, Sep-27
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E03)  ·  1-0
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Sep-27-18
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  Count Wedgemore: Black may also want to push away the knight on f4, but ...g5 is always a move to be made with some caution.
Sep-27-18
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  whiteshark: Plenty of reasons to worry about for Vishy (I.Sokolov)
Sep-27-18
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  offramp: Caruana is doing really well.
Sep-27-18
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  lost in space: I think Anand is doing well now - after 20. f4
Sep-27-18  chessdgc2: Black shouldn’t take long to answer 20. F4 with 20...Bxd4 as anything else is bad for him
Sep-27-18
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  lost in space: 20...gxf4 was a mistake....Bxd4 was needed to keep the Balance. Now Caruana is doing really well
Sep-27-18
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  Karne: 1) +2.66 (27 ply) 25.Rg3 Kh7 26.Rxg6 Rd4 27.Qc3 Qxc3 28.bxc3 Kxg6 29.cxd4 Rd8 30.d5 cxd5 31.Rd1 Kf5 32.Rxd5+ Rxd5 33.Bxd5 Kxf4 34.Bxf7 Kg5 35.Kg2 Kh4 36.Be6 a5 37.Kf3 Kg5 38.Kg3 Kg6 39.Kg4 a4 40.Bd7 a3 41.Bf5+ Kg7 42.Bd3 b6

2) +0.56 (26 ply) 25.b4 Qf5 26.Bxe4 Qxe4+ 27.Rdf3 Kh7 28.Kg1 Qf5 29.Re3 a5 30.a3 axb4 31.axb4 Qg4+ 32.Qg2 Qh5 33.Qh3 Qxh3 34.Rxh3 Bf5 35.Re3 Ra4 36.Re7 Rxb4 37.Rxf7+ Kg6 38.Rf8 c5 39.Rf3 Rb1+ 40.Kf2 Rb2+ 41.Ke1 Rb1+ 42.Kd2 Rb2+ 43.Kc3 Rc2+ 44.Kb3 c4+ 45.Kb4 Bd3 46.Re3 Rxh2

3) +0.15 (26 ply) 25.f5 Bxf5 26.Qxh6 Bg6 27.Rg3 Re6 28.Qf4 Kh7 29.Rxg6 Rxg6 30.Be4 Rg8 31.b4 Qe7 32.Qxf7+ Qxf7 33.Rxf7+ Rg7 34.Bxg6+ Kxg6 35.Rxg7+ Kxg7 36.Kg2 Kf6 37.Kf3 Kf5 38.Ke3 Ke5 39.h4 Kf5 40.h5 Kg5 41.Kd4 b6 42.Ke5 a5 43.Kd6 axb4 44.Kxc6

Sep-27-18  chessdgc2: Yes, 20...gxf4 seemed odd since an open g-file favors White, especially with a R on the 3rd rank...it also makes h6 a pleasant target...wonder what gets into these old farts ?
Sep-27-18
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  whiteshark: Caruana is soon getting material advantage. Win (thereafter) is just a matter of time. (I.Sokolov)
Sep-27-18
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  whiteshark: and Anand resigned after <26.Qe3!>.
Sep-27-18
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  Karne: What a pity for Anand.
Sep-27-18
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  HeMateMe: mighty Fab! Could he be the next world champion?

<karne> is your avatar Bob Newhart?

Sep-27-18
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  whiteshark: And Kramnik got mated just a few minutes later.
Sep-27-18  Marmot PFL: Just logged in and missed it. Never expected this game to end in 26 moves.
Sep-27-18  Marmot PFL: Adams, Anand and Kramnik all lost. So much for playing as well as ever after 40. Looks like Russia ids going down.
Sep-27-18
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  whiteshark: <Adams, Anand and Kramnik all lost.> Gelfand, too.
Sep-27-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

<26...Kh7> 27.f5 Bxf5 28.Rxf5 Qxf5 29.Qxd4 Qb1+ 30.Qg1 Qxg1+ 31.Kxg1 Rd8 32.Be4+ Kh8 33.Bd3 Rd4 34.Kf2 f5 35.Ke2 f4 36.Rg1 f3+ 37.Ke3 Rh4 38.Rh1 Kg7 39.Kxf3 Kf6 40.Bc2 Rc4 41.Bb1 Rd4 42.Rf1 Ke5 43.Re1+ Kf6 44.Re2 c5 45.Bc2 c4 46.Be4 b6 47.Kf4 b5 + - (3.04) Depth: 25

Sep-27-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 22 dpa

<1. = (0.24): 20...Bxd4+> 21.Rxd4 Rad8 22.e5 Nh5 23.Rd6 gxf4 24.g4 Ng7 25.Qxf4 Ne6 26.Qg3 Nc5 27.h4 a5 28.a3 Rxd6 29.exd6 Qd8 30.h5 Bd3 31.Rf3 Bh7 32.Qf4 Qd7 33.Qxh6 Qxg4 34.Qf6 Qxh5 35.Rg3+ Bg6 36.Rh3 Nd7 37.Rxh5 Nxf6 38.Rxa5 Rd8 39.Ra7 Rd7 40.Bf3 Kg7 41.Kf2 Rxd6 42.Rxb7 Rd2+ 43.Ke3 Rd3+ 44.Kf4

2. + / - (1.12): 20...gxf4 21.Bxe5 Qxe5 22.gxf4 Qe7 23.f5 Bh7 24.Qxh6 Kh8 25.Rf4 Rg8 26.Rh4 Rg7 27.Rg3 Rag8 28.Ne2 Qe5 29.Qc1 Qa5 30.Qc3 Qxc3 31.bxc3 Nd7 32.Kf2 Ne5 33.Rxg7 Rxg7 34.Bf1 Rg4 35.Rxg4 Nxg4+ 36.Kg3 Ne3 37.Bh3 Kg7 38.Kf4 Nc4

Sep-28-18  Ulhumbrus: 7 Be3 obstructs the e pawn. This helps to suggest 7...c6 followed by ...Nd5.
Sep-28-18  Ulhumbrus: 7 Be3 obstructs the e pawn. This helps to suggest 7...c6 followed by ...Nd5
Sep-29-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the database is correct, 7.Be3!? is the new move. Still don't understand the move--what was Caruana's plan? Aside from forcing the former WC out of opening theory, of course.
Sep-29-18  sudoplatov: The purpose of 7.Be3 is to hinder Black's ...c5. Similar themes arise, usually for Black, in the Queen's Gambit.
Sep-29-18  WorstPlayerEver: 7. Be3 is an engine move. Not that White gets any advantage.
Sep-29-18
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoQ...

Oct-04-18  bahduggi: the purpose of 7. be3 is to get to d4, attacking e5, and provoking b to either weaken the queenside or trade dark square bishops.
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