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Ivan Cheparinov vs Fabiano Caruana
Reykjavik Open (2012), Reykjavik ISL, rd 7, Mar-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Mar-11-12  Lupara: After Caruana regained the pawn on move 19. ... Bxc5 and then obtained the two bishops with 21. ... Nxb3, it seemed that he had good chances to convert the point.

The attack became irresistible after he placed the Q and B battery on the h1-a8 diagonal targeting White's week e4 pawn. His handling of the bishop pair was impressive.

Mar-11-12  galdur: Very impressive. He could force mate by 40..Qxe1+ but it was resignable anyway.
Mar-11-12  Lupara: <galdur> Yes, 40. ... Qxe1+ is the first move of a mate in eight moves, whereas 40. ... Qf4+ forces mate in I think twelve moves or loss of the Black Q as a result of a discovered check. So you are again correct, White's position was hopeless and therefore, resignable.
Mar-11-12  Lupara: Horrible spelling on my part; using "week" when I wanted to use "weak" to describe White's e4 pawn in my original post. My apologies, although I am sure it will happen again. :)
Mar-11-12  Everett: As far as i can tell Black is playing a piece up after 29..b6! While White tries to extricate the bishop, Black orchestrates an attack on the opposing K.
Mar-11-12  Lupara: @ <Everett> Yes, after Caruana locks out the White bishop with 29. ... b6, it becomes ineffective, and as play goes on, becomes a witness for the prosecution.
Mar-12-12  kurtrichards: At 3rd Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival 2009 which took place at Zafra, Spain, a Gruenfeld Defense battle ensued between the eventual winner Ivan Cheparinov and Fabiano (just 16 yrs old and a 2590+ player then), Ivan occupied Fabiano's 7th rank with his two rooks and the rest is history. Now almost three years passed at Reykjavik,Iceland, Fabiano (19 yrs old and #7 in the world) had a chance to employ the same defense against Ivan and won convincingly with a Q+B+B combo.

Forza Italia!


<...using "week" when I wanted to use "weak"...> it's just your fingers <M1A1 Lupara>. How do you do,Sir?


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  Check It Out: Here's the game <kurtrichards> references: I Cheparinov vs F Caruana, 2009
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  Penguincw: Really nice game by Caruana, to down the leader, Ivan Cheparinov with black, in only 40 moves, to take solo lead, at the Reykjavik Open (2012), with only a few rounds to go. And also, he picks up some rating points (3.6 in this case).

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