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Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 5, May-27
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Pedro> After 61..Bd4 62 Kd4 white's troubles are over.
May-27-13  Marmot PFL: Announcer thinks black hurried the rook trade, as he had the white king stuck on the h file and could have improved the position.
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: <Marmot PFL: Announcer thinks black hurried the rook trade, as he had the white king stuck on the h file and could have improved the position. > Yeah Buddie.
May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Oops I meant 61..Bc4
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: I didn't understand Caruana's move. Note that white can't play f4 blocking its King.
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: Yeah, the only white defense 64.Be8+
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: Now one sees f4 is very ugly for white.
May-27-13  Marmot PFL: A position where each player has to watch the other sides passed pawn suits white. Too bad about the backward b6 pawn.
May-27-13  PinnedPiece: I see 1-0 within 15 moves here.
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: < Gregor Samsa Mendel: Oops I meant 61..Bc4> Hey friend, and what about ...b5?
May-27-13  Marmot PFL: Even if Caruana does not win at 4:1 it looks like Bacrot will at 5:1. This is why it is important to bet on all the games when backing longshots.
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: In my humble opinion Caruana has played horrible this ending even if he wins.
May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Pedro> After ..b5 then Kxc3.
May-27-13
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  whiteshark: A Pawn is not enough here...
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: With the white pawn at a2, white bishop at a3, plying black ...Bc4 and threatening ...b5, blocking e8 square to the white bishop.
May-27-13  Marmot PFL: Stupid Bacrot missed a knight fork and might lose his passer. Then if Caruana blows this I lose both bets. That's why I don't use real money.
May-27-13  kirchhoff: I believe the position has been repeated three times.
May-27-13
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  norami: <Pedro Fernandez> I think you've overdone it in describing Caruana's endgame play as "horrible". A rotting human corpse- now that's horrible.
May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Marmot> That's why I won't play chessbookie--I can't even stand losing pretend money.
May-27-13  Marmot PFL: < In my humble opinion Caruana has played horrible this ending even if he wins.>

He could hire Korchnoi for some endgame lessons.

May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <PinnedPiece: I see 1-0 within 15 moves here.> I see that your chess judgment is on a par with your political judgment. Sorry, couldn't resist.
May-27-13
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  whiteshark: Draw agreed!
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Pedro> After ..b5 then Kxc3.> 61...Bc4 62.Kd4 b5 63.Kxc3 Be2, and then?
May-27-13
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Pedro> Yes, it looks like black remains a pawn ahead in that line. It still doesn't seem like an easy win to me, especially against the likes of Nakamura. Given that the actual game ended in a draw, maybe it's a line black should have tried.
May-27-13  Pedro Fernandez: < Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Pedro> Yes, it looks like black remains a pawn ahead in that line. It still doesn't seem like an easy win to me, especially against the likes of Nakamura. Given that the actual game ended in a draw, maybe it's a line black should have tried. > I agree my friend, maybe by playing a precise ending white could save the game. Further, after I realize that the dangerous black pawns also crown at dark squares, lol! Well, you know, I can analyze this ending by using my Houdini 3 PRO x64 but, as you know very well, these machines are horrible analyzing endings, so it is a sterile task. Greetings.
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