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Fabiano Caruana vs Hrant Melkumyan
Aeroflot Open (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  Peligroso Patzer: A very fine game by Caruana.

The position after <20. ... Bxh4> was:

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I was following the game in real time on the official site, and at this juncture, although Queens have been exchanged and White is down two pawns for the time being, I believed Caruana had excellent winning chances and fully expected him to bring home the full point. (I was not running the game through an engine at the time - nor since - so I don't know what the silicon evaluation would be.) This expectation, of course, was borne out in the event.

BTW, just in case anyone hasn't noticed, Caruana has risen to #7 on the live ratings list (, having gained 33.4 points since the last official FIDE rating list.

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  Penguincw: An essiental win for Caruana, as it improves his position on the Top 10 ratings list.

January 2012 (Top 20)
1.Carlsen 2835 (17)
2.Aronian 2805 (25)
3.Kramnik 2801 (17)
4.Anand 2801 (17)
5.Radjabov 2773 (9)
6.Topalov 2770 (9)
7.Karjakin 2769 (16)
8.Ivanchuk 2766 (16)
9.Morozevich 2763 (6)
10.Gashimov 2761 (9)
11.Grischuk 261 (9)
17.Caruana 2736 (19)

And now, if the rating season were over now:

1.Carlsen 2835 (13)
2.Aronian 2825 (16)
3.Kramnik 2801 (0)
4.Anand 2799 (0)
5.Radjabov 2784 (13)
6.Nakamura 2771 (23)
7.Caruana 2769 (29)
8.Karjakin 2766 (13)
9.Morozevich 2765 (10)
10.Ivanchuk 2764 (23)
17.Gashimov 2737 (18)

Big improvement.

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  HeMateMe: An exciting opening, good attacking chnaces for white.

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