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Fabiano Caruana vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 2, May-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0

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May-23-13  suenteus po 147: Caruana's queenside pawns were dynamite! It's no wonder he traded down to get them marching up the board.
May-23-13  JPi: Isn't 16....QxQ simple way to equalize? 17.RaxQ Nec6 18.Rd7 Nb5 19.R1d1 Rad8 20.RxR RxR 21.RxR+ NxR 22.Ncxe5 NxB 23.bxN Ne6 with 24...Nc5orNg5
May-23-13  RookFile: Maybe he doesn't rush in with Rd7. Something like 18. b3 to give the a3 bishop some life, perhaps. In theory white should have a slight edge because he can put a knight on d5 but black can't put one on d4. However, I don't see why black couldn't hold this for a draw.
May-24-13
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  Eyal: <Isn't 16....QxQ simple way to equalize? 17.RaxQ Nec6 18.Rd7 Nb5 19.R1d1 Rad8 20.RxR RxR 21.RxR+ NxR 22.Ncxe5 NxB 23.bxN Ne6 with 24...Nc5 or Ng5>

White doesn't have to play in such a forcing way, but after 17...Nec6 it does look better for Black than in the game. 17...Nec6! is a bit tricky, though; the natural tendency is to bring back the "offside" knight with 17...Nac6, and then Black does have serious problems after 18.Rd7.

Great positional exchange sac by Caruana on move 24.

May-24-13  anandrulez: Carlsen Caruana etc has never had much trouble vs Ivanchuk when they broke into the elite , Ivanchuk was like -4 vs Carlsen when Carlsen started playing him .... I think Ivacnhuk sometimes needs real inspiration to play . He can defeat Kasparov Anand Kramnik Carlsen Aronian but he needs that motivation . This is why Ivanchuk is so mysetrious a player ....
May-24-13
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  Eyal: <Carlsen Caruana etc has never had much trouble vs Ivanchuk when they broke into the elite>

I don't know who's the "etc" but Caruana actually did - he lost 4 of the first 6 games that he played against Ivanchuk (during 2009-11: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...). And at any rate, this was an excellent game by Caruana, regardless of how "motivated" Ivanchuk was.

May-25-13  Ulhumbrus: Another successful exchange sacrifice. Black's weakness on the c6 square led to loss of the game.

However on 17...Rad8 18 Qe2 a6 becomes weak instead. 16...Qc6 leaves the e5 pawn defended only once. This suggests 17...Qc6 after White has moved the N on c4 to e3.

An alternative to 27..Qc6 is 27...f5 eg 28 Bxe7 Rxe7

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