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Fabiano Caruana vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
"Running of the Bulls" (game of the day Jan-07-2016)
18th Pamplona International (2008), Pamplona ESP, rd 3, Dec-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  scormus: <BOSTER 32 ... Kg7.> There may be a quick win with 33 Nxf5+, but if not then 33 Rxg3+ is surely enough
Dec-05-10  RandomVisitor: White could have played Rf5 two moves earlier and pulled himself out of an inferior position:

After 26.Rf5!

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<[+0.00] d=20 26...Qc7> 27.Rxh5 Bd7 28.Nf5 Bf6 29.Bg5 Qc3 30.Bxf6 Qxf6 31.Rxg3 Rac8 32.Nh6+ Kg7 33.Nf5+ Bxf5 34.Rxf5 Qd4 35.Rd5 Qc3 36.Rg1 Rh8 37.Rxd6 Rxh3 38.Rf1 Rc7 39.e5 Re3 40.Qxe3

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  scormus: <RV> Wow! I'm sure glad CG didnt give us 26. W to play ;-)
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  patzer2: <RV> I assume 26. Rf5!= would have helped to avoid 27...Bb6! to , which Black missed in the game.

Instead 27...Qb5? in the game, allowed the 28. Rf5!! Sunday puzzle solution and winning shot.

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  patzer2: <Once> The disgruntled Rook was right about 36. Rxg3+!, even though 36. Rf1! also works.

After 36. Rxg3+! Kf6 37. Rf3 Qe5 38. d4 Qa5 39. Qe3! Ke6 40. Qh6+ Kd7 41. Qxd6+ Kc8 42. Qxf8+ , White has an easy win.

Dec-05-10  wals: No chance.

Rybka 4 x 64

depth: 20 : 10 min ;
White error
(-0.74):22.Kb1. Best, Rxg3, = 0.00.

depth: 21 : 11 min :
Black blunder
(=0.00):25...Bxa4. Best, Bf6, -1.22.

depth: 20 : 5 min :
White blunder
(-1.37):26.bxa4. Best, Rf5, =0.00.

depth: 19 : 4 min :
White blunder
(-2.28):27.Nb3. Best, Rf5, -1.25.

depth: 19 : 4 min :
Black blunder
(+2.06):27...Qb5. Best, Rfc8, -2.28.

depth: 19 : 3 min :
Black blunder
(+3.60):28...gxf5. Best, Qc6, +2.02.

depth: 19 : 6 min :
Black blunder
(+6.20):30...Nf4. Best, Ng7, +5.62.

depth: 20 : 4 min :
White blunder
(+3.12):34.Ne7+. Best, Rxg3, +7.10.

depth: 24 : 3 min :
White blunder
(=0.00):35.Nf5. Best, Rxg3, +3.20.

depth: 18 : 3 min :
Black blunder
(+5.94):35...Kg6, is the best move.

depth: 21 : 17 min :
Black blunder
(+14.72):37...Qf6. Best, g2, +6.65.

there was no change up to move 40,
and with no chance of White's decease
or a miracle occurance, Black resigned.

If continued the game may have progressed,

depth: 16 : 17 min :

1. (28.75): 40...Qxh6 41.Qxh6 Rae8 42.Rg1 Re6[] 43.Rxg3+[] Rg6 44.Rxg6+ fxg6 45.Qxg6+ Kh8 46.Qxd6[] Rf1+ 47.Kb2[] a5 48.Qe5+[] Kg8 49.Qxa5[] Rh1 50.e5 Rf1 51.Qxb4[] Rf2+ 52.Kb3[] Rf1 53.Qg4+ Kf7 54.Qd7+[] Kg6 55.e6 Rb1+

2. (#19): 40...Kg7 41.Rxf6[] Kxf6 42.Qg5+ Ke6 43.Qd5+[] Kd7 44.Nf5 Rae8 45.Qb7+ Ke6 46.Qc7[] Kf6 47.Qxd6+ Re6 48.Qxf8 Rxe4 49.dxe4[] Ke5 50.Qc5+ Kxe4 51.Nd6+ Kf3 52.Qd5+ Ke2 53.Qe4+ Kf2 54.Qf4+ Ke2 55.Nf5 f6

Dec-05-10  Fezzik: I haven't scored brilliantly this week, but I found this to be easier than I expected. It's possible though, that I remembered the game more than solved.

28.Rf5!! gf5 29.Nd4! (an intermezzo to stop Black's Qd3 intermezzo) is more a matter of vision than insanely difficult calculation.

Dec-05-10  RandomVisitor: As <wals> points out above, 22.Rxg3 is best:

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Rybka 4 x64:

<[+0.00] d=25 22.Rxg3> Nh5 23.Rg2 Bxa4 24.bxa4 Bf6 25.Be2 Rac8 26.Kb1 Nc4 27.Bxc4 Rxc4 28.Qe2 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Nf4 30.Bxf4 Bxd4 31.Bxd6 Re8 32.e5 Re6 33.Rxg7+ Kxg7 34.Qg4+ Kh7 35.Qxd4 Qxa4 36.Be7 Qb5 37.Qh4+

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  patzer2: <Once> On second thought the Queen was right about 36. Rf1! as it keeps it simpler for human calculation. After 36 Rf1 Qg5 37. h4, the only reasonable alternative for Black to avoid the game continuation is 37...Qd8 when 38. Qg4+ Kf6 39. Nd4+! Ke7 (39...Ke5 40. Nc6#) 40. Nc6+ wins the Queen with a Knight Fork.
Dec-05-10  knight knight: <wals> Interesting Rybka analysis. I don't understand why 28...Qc6 is a defensive try, nor why 35. Nf5? allows black to draw.
Dec-05-10  prbprb2: Does anybody's chess computer find 28. Rf5 ?
Dec-05-10  TheBish: F Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2008

White to play (28.?) "Insane"

The black knight is a key defender (defending the g3 pawn as well as the king), and that is defended by the g6 pawn and the queen on b5. I found a way to disrupt that defense, and I believe it's the key move.

28. Rf5!! gxf5

Or 28...Qd7 29. Rxh5 gxh5 30. Rxg3+, mating.

29. Nd4!

But not 29. Qxh5? Qxd3+ 30. Ka1 Qxe3 and White is in trouble. White must drive the queen off first.

29...Qe5 30. Qxe5 f4

More logical than 30...fxe4 31. Nf5 Bf6 32. Bd4, winning.

31. Nf5 fxe3

Also losing is 31...Bf6 32. Bd4 Qe6 33. Nh6+ Kh7 (or 33...Kg7 34. Qg5+ Kh7 35. Bxf6) 34. Ng4+ Kg7 35. Qg5+! Kh7 36. Nxf6+ and wins.

32. Rxg3+ Qxg3 33. Nxe7+!

White can be greedy here, getting both the bishop and the queen.

33...Kg7 34. Nf5+ Kf6 35. Nxg3 and White will follow by winning the e3 pawn. Two rooks will be no match for queen and knight.

Dec-05-10  TheBish: White choice a different path on move 30 (Nc6 rather than my Qxh5). I'll have to put on Fritz to see how they compare.
Dec-06-10  TheBish: Close, but no cigar. Also had 30. Qxe5 when I meant 30. Qxh5. I had the right plan, but didn't have the patience (or energy, or time) to calculate the best variations out to the end. Next time need to do this earlier in the day!
Jan-20-13  fisayo123: Caruana's immortal.
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  Penguincw: "Running of the Bulls", an event that takes place in yes, Pamplona, Spain (this game also contains Vallejo, a Spanish player).

Though the running of the bulls that year took place in July...

As for the actual game, not sure if any pieces were running or anything. Maybe that white knight.

Jan-07-16  Imran Iskandar: I actually submitted Running of the King a few days ago, but oh well.
Jan-07-16  morfishine: <Imran Iskandar> Your Running of the King would've been excellent

"Running of the Bulls" isn't even a pun at all, not even close....Its just yet another zero in a never ending line of big fat zero's


Jan-07-16  Xeroxx: nice game
Jan-07-16  Imran Iskandar: <morfishine> Thanks. I think it was rejected since 'King' is singular compared to the 'Bulls' which is plural. I noted that but I couldn't find any significant pieces to use in the plural form.
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  kevin86: KNIGHTS rule!
Jan-07-16  mruknowwho: What was Black trying to do with his h-pawn in the opening? Is there somebody that can explain that to me?
Jan-07-16  apexin: Why nwasnt 36 Rxg3+? played?
Jul-10-16  SimplicityRichard: <apexin: Why wasn't Rxg3+ played?>

I suspect that Caruana was looking to mate the Black King or pick up the Queen with initiative in order to prevent the Black King from escaping through f6 and re-organising his Rooks for an offensive on the White King and thus prolonging the game. It was in my view, a matter of taste.#

Jul-23-18  PJs Studio: apexin, literally because Caruana could see that Rf1 keeps the black King from running away. Locked onto the open g and h files where whites knight and queen can mate.

I instantly thought Rxg3 was best too, but that’s why he’s a 2800 and us, mere mortals.

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