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Fabiano Caruana vs Artem Smirnov
Russian Team Championship (2009), Dagomys, rd 3, Apr-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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Apr-06-09  notyetagm: 43 ?

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43 ♖c7x♘e7!

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43 ... ♖e8x♖e7 44 e5xd6 1-0

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An *excellent* example by Caruana of the well-known endgame principle that <CONNECTED PASSED PAWNS ON THE 6TH RANK BEAT A ROOK>.

So Caruana first clears the board for his <DANGEROUS ADVANCED PAWNS> with 43 ♖c7x♘e7!, sacrificing some material because he knows his <CONNECTED PASSERS> will overwhelm the Black rook and carry the day.

Can anyone suggest other examples like Caruana's 43 ♖c7x♘e7!, sacrificing for <6TH-RANK CONNECTED PASSERS>, that I can put in my Game Collection: Endgame Lessons: conn 6th rank passers beat rook?


Apr-06-09  Shams: I think he's following a related but less well-known principle-- that a <pawn amoeba> (three or four passed connectors on two files-- credit for the name to Seattle master David Weinstein) beats a rook regardless of what rank they're on.
Apr-07-09  Davolni: wow.... 3 wins.... and they are all in style...

so many sacrifices....

what the hell is going on with Caruana....

by looking at his games he makes it look so easy to beat these strong GM's in their "home court"...

You'd think the player is either somebodt with a rating of 2800+, or a world champ or something...

Apr-07-09  WickedPawn: Three fantastic wins for Caruana in a row in a row in this tournament, two with black. This kid is on fire. 39. Bxh6!! just goes beyond my limited analytical capabilities.
Apr-07-09  notyetagm: 39 ?

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39 ♗f4xh6!!

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<WickedPawn: ... 39. Bxh6!! just goes beyond my limited analytical capabilities.>

Yes, Caruana has already figured out that he is going to win with his <ADVANCED PAWNS> after 39 ♗f4xh6!!.

Apr-07-09  Strongest Force: Yes, Fabiano is special. Someday i will brag that i once sat just a few feet from him at the Marshall Chess Club.
Apr-07-09  notyetagm: <Strongest Force: Yes, Fabiano is special. Someday i will brag that i once sat just a few feet from him at the Marshall Chess Club.>

My friend Jerry Giambo's son Jeremy played Caruana in a tournament here in the US about 10 years ago when they were both around 6,7 years old. :-)

Apr-10-09  Bears092: Very interesting opening choice by white. He is rather fortunate to have won, I think. After 14. Nf3, the position seems to have become a KID where white has wasted a few tempi. For example, we may have something like 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 O-O 7. Be2 Nc6 8. Nd2 Bxd2 9. Qxe5 e5 10. d5 Ne7 11. O-O Nd7 12. Qd1 (one loss of tempo) f5 13. f3 h6 14. Re1 Kh7. In the actual game, it's blacks move at this position so white has missed another tempo.
Apr-10-09  crwynn: But you're showing a very unimpressive line of the KID, Black seems to be aiming for something like a mainline KID without light-squared bishops. It makes perfect sense that White would be happy with this position a few tempi down, allowing Black to gain time for the dread ...h6 and ...Kh7.
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  whiteshark: <notyetagm <Can anyone suggest other examples like Caruana's 43 Rc7xNe7!, sacrificing for <6TH-RANK CONNECTED PASSERS>>>

How about --> Topalov vs Beliavsky, 1995, --> <71.Rxe1> ?

Sep-09-09  Whitehat1963: 43. Rxe7 is definitely a Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle. Excellent game.

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