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Fabiano Caruana vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Sinquefield Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-18-19  csmath: Too bad. In the second game Nepo misses again.

28. Qg2?


28. ...Rxa3!!
29. bxa3 Qa3
30. f3 (f4 is even worse) Qa7!
31. Rdd1 b2

and now no matter what he plays white is fried.

Yes, it is hard to see this but this is what it takes to beat Caruana.

Aug-18-19  waustad: When I looked at the game I quickly pondered a rook sac on a3, but didnít see a good continuation. It was a forcing move, so it was one to consider, even by a patzer.
Aug-18-19  csmath: Well, Nepo said that "Qa7" did not cross his mind. Too bad. Interesting that Wesley So saw it.
Aug-19-19  Ulhumbrus: In the commentary box when GM Ashley asked So what he would do in the position after 28 Qg2, So gave the variation 28...Rxa3! 29 bxa3 Qxa3 30 f4 Qa7!! in just a few seconds.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A tough OTB shot that one.

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sac with 28...Rxa3 and Qxa3 then back to Qa7 where the Queen was originally.

I strongly suspect Nepo would have seen 30...Qa7 if the position had appeared on the board.

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But with the Queen already on a7 it sets up a blind spot situation not unknown in missed combinations. 'Qa7' never crossed Nepo's mind because it was already there!


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  Mateo: Well, csmath commentary seems to be inspired by a computer. On the board, it's another story... It's very difficult to be sure it works after ...Qa7.
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