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Fabiano Caruana vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Chess Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 7, Oct-02
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0


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Oct-02-18  Pedro Fernandez: <offramp: Looks like a very interesting game. Is this still theory?>

Hey my great friend! Of course it is theory and for that reason this game is a draw as a few of our partners already have said it. Greetings.

Oct-02-18  WaxTadpole: Does anyone like Qd2 here, with the idea of Qd4?
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  whiteshark: I do not see a defense for Mamedyarov. (I. Sokolov)
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  watwinc: This is so far behind the tournament site it’s not even funny. They’re at move 56, with Caruana clearly winning.
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  Tiggler: So has lost and Nakamura has drawn, but Caruana and Shankland both have winning chances. All three match results are still possible.
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  chessdgc2: Goodness, looks like they’ve decided to play after all...48. Qd2
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And Happy Tuesday, everyone. When playing over the game, did anyone else smile at how long Black's d-pawn managed to survive?
Oct-02-18  dadrefump: Obviously a problem with the server. Can someone please post the moves. TY
Oct-02-18  ndg2: Excellent game, Don!
Oct-02-18  evzal86: Shak attacked !
Oct-02-18  devere: Fab played like Magnus at his best, making something out of nothing.

Who would think that a natural looking defensive move like 45...Rc8 would be a losing mistake, and that 45...a5 was best? To defend this one successfully, Shak would have needed to be Stockfish.

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  rogge: <devere: Fab played like Magnus at his best, making something out of nothing> Yep, and Carlsen doesn't. I have changed my mind, Caruana's going to be the new champion :)
Oct-02-18  Ironmanth: Amazing game! Bravo, Fabiano!
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  Count Wedgemore: <rogge: Yep, and Carlsen doesn't. I have changed my mind, Caruana's going to be the new champion :)>

There are traitors in our midst..

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  hoodrobin: <Caruana's going to be the new champion>. Good game indeed, but Mamedyarov is not Carlsen.
Oct-02-18  Jambow: Went to sleep glad Caruana had a draw awoke to find things much better than that. It was at the back of my mind there was only one way to win this. Of course everyone realizes this is a Carlsen styled grind and win already, pulling a rabbit out of a thimbal.

I venture to say team Caruana has been preparing for the champion by dismantling his game and understanding his technique. This is something I said five years ago was the only way to wrestle the crown away from magnus as it is what he had alone. Of course the main event is yet to happen and Magnus didn't suddenly forget how to play so this match looks better all the time. I hope our useless media picks up on the fact that the United States has someone playing for the world chess championship.

Go Fabiano!!!

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  HeMateMe: wonderful mating net!
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  rogge: <Count Wedgemore: <rogge: Yep, and Carlsen doesn't. I have changed my mind, Caruana's going to be the new champion :)> There are traitors in our midst..>

Still hope I'm wrong ;)

Oct-03-18  Jambow: As I play over this game I will say the fact that it was won when it looked drawn reminds one of Magnus, the style in which it was won looks more like Lasker.
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  saffuna: Beautiful play by Caruana. Daniel King:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.23): 10...g6 11.Bc2 Bg7 12.Nb3 Nxb3 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Bxb3 0-0 15.Re1 Na5 16.Bf6 Nc4 17.Bxc4 bxc4 18.b3 Rab8 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.b4 a5 21.a3 c5 22.bxc5 Rfc8 23.Qd2 Rxc5 24.Rab1 Rcb5 25.Rxb5 Rxb5 26.Nd4 Rb8

2. = (0.23): 10...Nxb3 11.Nxb3 Be7 12.Nfd4 Nxd4 13.cxd4 a5 14.Be3 a4 15.Nc1 0-0 16.Nd3 Bf5 17.Rc1 Qc8 18.Nc5 c6 19.Bd2 h6 20.Qf3 Re8 21.h3 Bxc5 22.Rxc5 Be4 23.Qf4 a3 24.b3 Qe6 25.Rfc1

Oct-05-18  Mendrys: A masterful game by Caruana. One that will be of use in many a chess book. Boring game indeed!
Oct-06-18  Jambow: To me those type of positions are so tough to play, and this was a lesson on how to work a dynamic rook and queen attack on an open king with equal piece defenders. Push pull slide squeeze, move nudge. Impressive win I can barely comprehend the thought process and technique.

Is this something Fabiano excels at naturally or is this coaching, or computer understanding??? The depth and breadth of Fabiano's game truly amazes. The clock is his prime foe at faster time controls, much improved and yet the chasm is wide. Magnus might finally feel some pressure...

Go Fabianao!!!

Oct-13-18  Jaburu: M. Tal's dynamic chess involves the risk of defeat. M. Carlsen's plus-equal chess involves the risk of draw. F. Caruana's chess is also in plus-equal style. In the match for the World Championship, Carlsen vs Caruana, by the logic, we will have many draws! So the "secret studies" of both to win, comes down to something more post-chess plus-equal!
Oct-13-18  Jambow: Jaburu, agreed I have made similar comments about Magnus always holding a draw in the bag. Caruana of course does the same to a lesser degree, but is willing to push for a win to a greater degree.

Magnus stood out as having the ability to create complications in drawish end games that even top GM's struggled against. I think that style was mentally exhaustive and recent opponents seem to be able to better cope. Rock, Paper, Scissors. Yeah plus-equal yes that works.

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