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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Fabiano Caruana
Biel International Chess Festival (2009), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-21
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1-0

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Jul-21-09  wanabe2000: I thought Ivanchuk did a great job of consolidating his advantage after 22.Qxc2. (Did Caruana think that VI would play 22.Bxc2?)
Jul-21-09  Notagm: What's wrong with 22... Bxc2?
Jul-21-09  atragon: After 22. Bxc2 i think black can play 22... Rc8 (the bishop is pinned) and if 23. Rc1 there is 23... Ba3 with a strong attack.
Jul-21-09
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  HeMateMe: The Chuckster!

When I saw black throwing pawns around in the opening, I thought Ivanchuck had black, and he was mixing it up. not till 15 moves in did I realize caruna was the one playing the opening so aggresively. He had some chances, but not enough.

Maybe he needs some new lines. I mean, Fabian was big in the 50s, but out of style now.

Jul-21-09  Bobsterman3000: I admire Caruana's courage, but this type of loosey-goosey "attack" is not going to work against a 2700+ GM.
Jul-22-09  notyetagm: <atragon: After 22. Bxc2 i think black can play 22... Rc8 (the bishop is pinned) and if 23. Rc1 there is 23... Ba3 with a strong attack.>


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Jul-22-09
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  beenthere240: I'm not sure black had to exchange on move 25. It sure made the game easier for white.
Jul-22-09  dumbgai: See, the Four Knights isn't such a bad opening after all. Some other recent games in this line:

Short vs E L'Ami, 2009
C Sandipan vs E Moradiabadi, 2009
Motylev vs Shirov, 2009

Jul-22-09  hedgeh0g: <Fabian was big in the 50s, but out of style now.>

He wasn't even born then!

Jul-23-09  Whitehat1963: <<hedgehOg> He wasn't even born then!>> I'm sure <HeMateMe> was referring to the '50s pop star.
Jul-24-09  Knight13: <beenthere240: I'm not sure black had to exchange on move 25. It sure made the game easier for white.> I think Black had to exchange, or else the attack on Black's king would be very annoying.
Jul-31-09
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  ajk68: 25...Qxf1 sure seems like an awful move.

Simplifying into an endgame where white has a passed pawn extra material and more space. White's bishop is good. Black's bishop, although not bad, doesn't have a lot of maneuvering room.

Maybe Caruana thought he would further simplify into a drawn opposite-colored bishop endgame?

Jul-31-09  euripides: As the game goes, 25...Qxf1+ does look like a mistake, but Caruana may have had reasons for thinking he could hold the ending. 26...Kg7 suggests he was planning f5. This would leave the White rook very sidelined and allow Black to develop the same sort of play against the a pawn as in the game. It would also make it difficult to organise an advance of the central pawns, which would be potential targets. Ivanchuk's f5! disrupts this plan and he subsequently finds elegant ways to activate the pieces.

Still, I don't see what's wrong with 25...Qe4.

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