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Fabiano Caruana vs Emanuel Berg
"Melting Icebergs" (game of the day Mar-31-2011)
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 7, Nov-20
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Aug-12-13  ajile: I saw 20.Nxf7 and 21.Rxe6 also figuring the basic idea was to sac and remove Black's defenses. But I didn't see what comes after that.
Aug-13-13
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  Once: <patzer2> Thanks for the brilliant Mark Twain quote. He did have such a remarkable way to pack a lot of wisdom into a pithy sentence or two.
Sep-27-14  MarkFinan: This is quite brilliant! To see the knight and rook sacs (or offers) from here


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is really impressive for a 16 year old kid.

His chess speaks volumes which is more than the man himself. I like him and I hope he gets a shot against Carlsen, but I still think people are going OTT with Caruana since he won that tournament. But this is a brilliant little game with lots of tactics and I like his style of chess. ✌

Nov-23-14  tranquilsimplicity: <MarkFinan> I agree with you. And I believe Caruana may be Carlsen's next challenger; with a possibility of even beating Carlsen squarely.#
Feb-08-15  TyroneBlackMan: <Once> I created a account on this site just to tell you how creepy your comment sounds
May-16-15  Artemio: Carlsen versus Caruana in the near future....the two C's replacing the two K's....
Oct-02-15  The Kings Domain: Scintillating play by Caruana. I like how the game picks up after a slow and steady start.
Mar-11-18
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  ChessHigherCat: ChessHigherCat: I thought it was a Monday puzzle for some reason and I started looking for the easy win. Let's see, I must be overlooking something obvious... I saw the potential of Nxf7 but what a follow-up!

<MarkFinan: His chess speaks volumes which is more than the man himself. I like him and I hope he gets a shot against Carlsen>

< tranquilsimplicity: <MarkFinan> I agree with you. And I believe Caruana may be Carlsen's next challenger; with a possibility of even beating Carlsen squarely>

<Artemio: Carlsen versus Caruana in the near future....the two C's replacing the two K's....>

<Luke: Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country>

Mar-11-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: On 11 August 2013, wrote "Good Evening: Thought this looked familiar. 5/5 for the week, with 2 already known." Results for this week? 5/5, with 2 already known.
Mar-11-18  diagonalley: wow! breathtaking... the continuation is just incredible ... how far ahead did fabiano calculate, i wonder
Mar-11-18  stacase: I saw that 20. Nxf7 snagged two Pawns for the Knight and gained some nice position.

<diagonalley: wow! breathtaking... the continuation is just incredible ... how far ahead did fabiano calculate, i wonder>

Further than I did, that's for sure.

Mar-11-18
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  Once: I've been this way before ...

As before, I forgot that I'd seen the game and found the first two moves only.

The BBITW is now seventeen. He's taller, hairier and smarter than me in almost every respect. Except chess, which he has never taken to.

Mar-11-18
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  jith1207: Truly insane!

Crazy I have never thought of this idea of letting the opponent back rank mate you without any defense, only to find that defensive piece by making a discover check without any danger!

<how far ahead did fabiano calculate, i wonder> Anand has stated that Caruana is a brilliant calculator, figures why the original calculator has become an antique piece of scientific history nowadays.

Mar-11-18  JimmyRockHound: Black was a pin cushion by move 26.
Mar-11-18  raju17: what of 28. ... qd1+#
Mar-11-18  mel gibson: <jith1207: Truly insane!

Crazy I have never thought of this idea of letting the opponent back rank mate you without any defense, only to find that defensive piece by making a discover check without any danger!>

Yes - but it's normal to leave your King in such a position where a back rank mate is possible.

I would call it high risk chess.

Mar-11-18  mel gibson: I meant to say.

but it's NOT normal to leave your King in such a position where a back rank mate is possible.

Mar-11-18  RKnight: <raju17> 28... Qd1+ is met with the simple 29 Re1+ (discovered) which wins the Q.
Mar-11-18  morfishine: "Melting Icebergs" ???

The imagination knows no bounds

*****

Mar-11-18  landshark: I went with 21. Qh5+
21... Kg8 22. Rxe6 looked plenty good.
21... Ke7 22. Qg6 and either the e pawn or g pawn falls with what looks like horrendous consequences for Black. I'd be happy playing this OTB even if I ran into some hidden resource that foils it.
Mar-11-18
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  catlover: Very enjoyable final combination by Caruana.

As far as the puzzle goes, I didn't get much beyond, "I wonder if 20 Nxf7 leads to something?"

<Once>, your posts about your son's birthdays over the years are both humorous and poignant. Thanks!

Mar-11-18
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black threatens Nxe5 and Nc5.

The black castle looks weak and defenseless. This and the threat suggest 20.Nxf7. However, after 20... Bxg3 21.fxg3 Rf8 22.Nxh6+ gxh6 23.Qxh6 Nc5 Black seems to hold.

Another option is 20.Ng4 but Black has 20... Nc5.

I don't know. I'd probably play 20.Nxf7.

Mar-11-18
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  agb2002: The position rang a bell, in particular 21.Rxe6 after 20.Nxf7 Kxf7, but I couldn't remember the rest of the game.
Mar-11-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 27 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.39): 14...Bd4 15.f4 Bxb2 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qh5 Bxe5 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.fxe5 Qxe5 20.Bg6 Bxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Qg5+ 22.Kh3 Qxg6 23.Qxg6 fxg6 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxf6+ Ke7 26.Rxg6 a5 27.Rg2 Rd4 28.Kg3 Ra4 29.c3 Rc4 30.h4 Rxc3+ 31.Kg4 Kf6 32.h5 Rc4+ 33.Kh3 b5 34.h6 Rc1 35.Kg4 Kg6 36.Rh2 Rg1+ 37.Kf4 Rf1+ 38.Kg4 Kh7 39.Re2

2. = (0.00): 14...h6 15.Bf4 Rd5 16.Bg3 Rad8 17.a3 Qc8 18.c4 R5d6 19.h3 Rd4 20.b4 Be7 21.Bh2 a5 22.Qb2 Be4 23.Be2 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Bxd1 Ba8 26.Kg1 Qf8 27.Qd4 axb4 28.axb4 Bxb4 29.Qxb6 Bc5 30.Qc7 Bd6 31.Qa5 Bb4 32.Qc7 Bd6 33.Qa5

Jun-03-18  Whitehat1963: Love the clever finish threatening a discovered check and queen capture to block the invitation to the back-rank mate mirage.
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