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Fabiano Caruana vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 4, May-25
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-25-13  chessdgc2: watwinc: Ok, Black's N is on c1, so it won't go to d3...but ...Ne2 would be able to go on to d4 as long as that c-pawn stays on...there's nothing outright clear, but either player could slip making it clear and that's why7 they're probably playing on...dynamic equality does not necessarily mean draw, but if often does
May-25-13  watwinc: We're still dancing around that position with the White exchanging B for N and winning the c5 pawn, but leaving the rook in front of the White c pawn.
May-25-13  watwinc: Is this the crack in the dam? Is Black looking for Ne4, Ra2 and an attack while White's bishop is off to the side?
May-25-13  chessdgc2: Black has just played ...Nd2 looks like somebody's getting ready to go for it....
May-25-13  watwinc: White can shut things down with Rd8-d7 ch
May-25-13  chessdgc2: White wants to take c5, but he also wants Be8 is being eyed here, too
May-25-13  Ulhumbrus: 53 Rxc5 looks risky but promising. One way for Black to lose is 53 Rxc5 Ne4 54 Rc8 Ra2 55 c5 Rxf2+ 56 Kh3 Rf3 57 c6 Rxg3+ 58 Kh2 Rg4 58 c7 Rxh4+ 59 Kg2 Rg4+ 60 Kh2 Rg3 61 Rg8+ winning
May-25-13  watwinc: <Ulhumbrus> True, but Black doesn't have to be that greedy after Rxf2ch
May-25-13  Ulhumbrus: On 54...Ra2 55 Bxe4 fxe4 56 Rxe4 Rc2 ties White's rook to the defence of the c4 pawn. However Black may be able to improve on this. 54...Nd6 forks White's rook and c4 pawn and on 55 Re5 Nxc4 56 Rxc5 Nd6 may lead to a draw
May-25-13  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Caruana is thinking of playing for zugzwang. 61 Ra5 is risky but bold and according to Tartakower fortune favours the bold.
May-25-13  Marmot PFL: A draw here leaves a 7 way tie for first place, while a win gives a clear leader. Right now that seems very unlikely.
May-25-13  chessdgc2: Ulhumbrus: "Fortune favors the bold"...maybe sometimes, but I doubt there's a bolder player in this tournament than Ivanchuk and he's sitting in the cellar of this event
May-25-13  Marmot PFL: About halfway to the 50 move limit on pawn moves or captures.
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  Gypsy: <Marmot PFL: ... while a win gives a clear leader. Right now that seems very unlikely.> Right you are.
May-25-13  chessdgc2: Will one of the players get careless??
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  PawnSac: apparently thats what both are waiting for
May-25-13  doublemint: its drawn...
May-25-13  chessdgc2: Black wants to trade R's and if White accepts, Black's chances are better...if he avoids R-trades, a draw should be agreed soon after
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  whiteshark: One really couldn't expect this result. ;D
May-25-13  JPi: Indeed <whiteshark> I suspected Caruana will play until move 90...
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  Dionysius1: Phew! A top class player let someone play the Marshall against him. Well done Caruana.
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  Dionysius1: Wouldn't it be great if when posting on a live game, people could say what the number of the current move is? Then we could look back at the conversation and make sense of the comments more easily.
May-28-13  messachess: <Dionysius1> That's obvious, isn't it. I'm as lazy as the rest of us, but it should be an unspoken rule here.
May-28-13  messachess: All it would take is a quick " 42...," etc.
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  Dionysius1: <messachess> absolutely
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