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Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian
Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 9, Oct-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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  plang: <marcwordsmith: Nx7+ and Black resigns? Or Nxf7+ Kg8, Nxd6 and Black resigns?? >

I think Black had the zwischeneug (sp?!) ..c2 which is why White played Bd3.

Oct-12-12  AuN1: i'm surprised aronian played it out that long. he was making one bad move after another.
Oct-12-12  harun: ya caru wins..bye every body!
Oct-12-12  boz: The rook on a1 never moved.
Oct-12-12  master of defence: Why not 39.Bxe2?
Oct-12-12  haydn20: FWIW Aronian loses on time, but was finished anyway.
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  Eggman: Why isn't Caruana's face on the gloating rook?
Oct-12-12  marcwordsmith: thanks <plang>
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  WinKing: Ba-da bing! That's two winners with the white pieces! Do I hear three???
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for participating in today's live broadcast!

The excitement mounts with Carlsen and Caruana still neck-and-neck with identical +4 -1 =4 scores apiece. We'll be back here again tomorrow at 11:00am USA/Eastern for the final round.

Oct-12-12  AuN1: that was a fun game between vallejo and karjakin. nice to see that gm's are just as prone to making suspect moves under time pressure as i am when i play blitz.
Oct-12-12  theodor: car-car against a-a - 2:0
Oct-12-12  waustad: Yo: It starts at 10:30 tomorrow!
Premium Chessgames Member Does it really start 30 minutes early? Our apologies. In that case make that 10:30am USA/Eastern tomorrow.
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  whiteshark: A breath-holding suspense for tomorrow.
Oct-12-12  Shams: What a smooth win from Caruana. I love how the Black Queen just takes Black's bits (h/t: kingscrusher) one by one at the end.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <OBIT: The unthinkable may happen in this round - three decisive games! <So, who has Carlsen/Caruana/Vallejo in the Pick 3?>>

A little premature that question was.

Never underestimate Vallejo’s propensity to blunder as time control approaches: Karjakin vs Vallejo-Pons, 2012

In any case, the projection of three decisive games in this round was borne out.

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  Joshka: <plang> You mention "Stahlberg" in one of your posts. I'm not sure I recall who is this?
Oct-12-12  Marmot PFL: 13...ed4 seems a strange way to handle the position. White is faster in the center and king side than black on the other wing. I expected something like 13...cd4 14 cd4 Qc7 and Rc8 or 14...Nc6 and Nb4
Oct-12-12  Shams: <Joschka> Gideon Stahlberg was at Zurich 1953! Ten pushups for you.
Oct-12-12  csmath: Overconfident Aronian starts tactical play and gets beaten badly in the unfolding melee. Nice win for Caruana.
Oct-12-12  fisayo123: Aronian is a well known coffee-house player :)
Oct-12-12  csmath: Looks like instead of 21. ... Nxg4?! it would have been better both c4( with Bb6 to follow) or Nd7, both with complex play and counter chances.
Oct-12-12  csmath: <13...ed4 seems a strange way to handle the position.>

Exactly. This is the key positional error in my view.

It is also so unlike Ruy-Lopez. Indeed, cxd4 looks a lot more natural move and 99% of players would chose that. It is certainly better choice.

I think that Aronian allowed opening of the center (very dangerous) just to create the queen-side pawn majority because he felt very confident after the first game against Caruana where Caruana survived by the skin of his teeth. That is very dangerous against Caruana who is a very serious and precise player.

Oct-13-12  Drdy50: Caruana is proving himself a very good player.
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