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Fabiano Caruana vs Baadur Jobava
Russian Team Championship (2013), Loo RUS, rd 3, Apr-09
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1-0

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Apr-09-13  DrAttitude: The move of the game was 24.Rg5! What a tactical game.
Apr-09-13  Edmontonchessclub: Yes! 24.Rg5! with the idea of placing the rook on f5. Most players wouldn't even look at this idea.
Apr-09-13  Michael1234567891011: stunning game by caruana!
Apr-09-13  fisayo123: Jobava uses "one of his crazy opening ideas" and it backfires spectacularly.
Apr-09-13  Lupara: Caruana displayed excellent attacking technique in this game. He got an advantage, maintained it, minimized any Black counterplay, pryed open the Black king-side, exchanged Black's dark squared bishop and forced capitulation. Almost seems easy because Caruana makes it look routine.

Obviously, for us mere mortals below 2200, its usually not that easy.

He was rather insistent about the exchange sacrifice for Black's dark-squared bishop. At move 24.Rg5, Black declined the offer but he had to accept the Rook when offered again at move 31.Rxf6.

Smooth game.

Apr-09-13  madlydeeply: Caruana didn't even bother with Bh6. I suppose he'd rather sac an exchange for the dsb, which he achieved 20 moves later. I suppose black's dsb had "clutter value". Chess is so puzzling.
Apr-10-13  Lupara: <madlydeeply> I don't know about the DSB having "clutter value".

The thing that struck me is that after Caruana eliminated Black's DSB on move 31, in the subsequent sequence of moves from 32-38, only one White move ends with a piece going to a light square, 33.Rf5. All other White moves end with the piece or pawn going to a dark square. And 33.Rf5 chased away the last decent defender of Black's K-side dark squares, the Black Q.

I think there is some cause and effect for Caruana maneuvering on the dark squares, which stems from the absence of Black's DSB.

And you are correct, chess is puzzling.

Take care and salute.

Apr-10-13  WiseWizard: Fischer like clarity and method of play. I really like Caruana.
Apr-10-13  suenteus po 147: I'm just gonna say it: if you're playing the black pieces and reach the position after 23...Bf7 and then your opponent plays 24.Rg5 and you didn't see it coming and you calculate that you can't take it without being seriously compromised or lost, then you're gonna resign. Fight on, be tricky or sneaky if you have to, but know that it's over. You're finito.

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