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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-12  luzhin: 59.bxa7 is of course good enough, but Caruana also had a truly beautiful forcing line: 59.f5!! gxf5 60.b7! Nxb7 61.g6! fxg6 62.Rh7+ Kc8 63.Ba6 and Black can resign.
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  technical draw: What's the point of not playing 58...axb6?
Jan-15-12  Karpova: <technical draw: What's the point of not playing 58...axb6?>

58...axb6 59.Bb5+ (59...Kd8 60.Bxe8 Kxe8 61.Re2 winning the bishop)

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  technical draw: Thanks <Karpova>....
Jan-15-12  fisayo123: nice line Luzhin!
Jan-15-12  solskytz: charming!

I loved the small combos - Qxc8 rather than N, b6 with nice geometrics all over the place, and finally stealing on f7, just in the nick of time

Caruana's king play in this game, intruding on white squares and heading to the Q-side, and his flexibility in the use of the rook in search of weak zones to enter - first on the left, then on the right, are masterful and most instructive.

It's definitely not easy to play and win such endgames, against tough resistence, up the exchange with so few pawns.

Especially the rook maneuvers speak of untold patience, optimism and belief in the strength of his position. A lesson!

Caruana retires his R from d5, then mobilizes the k-side pawns and K to create a supportive post for his rook on e5. It's not clear what he's doing there, but for now he's just squeezing his opponent.

It's noteworthy how he goes about, methodically threatening the minor pieces to make the black knight retreat to the back line... progress is made in small, gradual steps.

next he retreats again, and heads for the king side, this time for the decisive invasion - and everything is calculated so precisely! I loved it

Jan-15-12  Gogia: that makes 2/0 for Karjak...
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  technical draw: <Gogia> That should be 0/2.....
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  Stonehenge: I'm sure 27...Nb2 is bad, but how does white win after that?
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  Sastre: If 27...Nb2, 28.Nxh6+ gxh6 (28...Kh8 29.Qh5) 29.Qg4+ Bg7 (29...Bg5 30.Bxg5 f5 31.Bxf5) 30.Bf5 Kh8 31.Qh5 .
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  Stonehenge: <Sastre> Thanks :)
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  Penguincw: 65...♘xf7 66.g6 pins the knight and white is going to win. Rough start by Karjakin. 0/2. Karjakin has Giri tomorrow. Giri drew blood against Gelfand (with black) yesterday.
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  wordfunph: "It was a very nice result and a good start to the tournament but probably I didn't play the technical phase very correctly. Probably I could have ended it a lot sooner. But I think I never ever lost the win."

- GM Fabiano Caruana

Jan-15-12  kurtrichards: May your winning ways continue, Fabiano.
Jan-16-12  obiesama: Endgames realy shows a players quality both on the board and in the mind..
Jan-16-12  Gogia: <technical draw> correct. I hope it won't be 0/3 today...
Feb-07-12  checkmateyourmove: 58. B6 was worth the price of admission!! Wonderful technique in the endgame

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