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Fabiano Caruana vs Etienne Bacrot
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 6, May-28
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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May-28-13  Marmot PFL: 20...Bc8 was better, then e7 fe6 Qe7 would not be threatening Qxg7 mate with the black queen on g6. 21...Bc8 is too late but if 21 Rfe8 then 22 e6 anyway as Qh4 still attacks Rd8.
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  Eyal: They followed the recent Karjakin vs Kasimdzhanov, 2013 up to 15...Qg6, where Caruana played 16.g3 (to develop the bishop without allowing Qxg2) instead of 16.Bb4, which didn't lead to much. He said in the press conference ( that his preparation went as far as 21.f3, where he saw the computer giving a clear advantage to White. 22...Bxe6 would lose immediately to 23.Rxe6! fxe6 24.Qe7 e5 25.Be6+ (blocking the 6th rank for the queen, so there's no Qh6 as in the game) 25...Kh8 26.Bxe5.

Some nice lines that Caruana mentioned: 24...Qg6 loses to 25.Bh5 Qh6 26.Bf7+! Kh8 (26...Rxf7 27.Qxd8+) 27.Bxc7.

29...Qxb3 loses to 30.Rb1 Qf3 (or 30...Qa2 31.Rb2 and the queen can't keep defending the knight on d5) 31.Qc6! Rcd8 (trying to break the pin by 31...Qh5 loses the knight to 32.Re5) 32.Re7! Rf7 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Qxe8+ Rf8 35.Qe6+ Kh8 36.Qf7!! (that's as far as he went) - and now 36...Rg8 leads to mate: 37.Qxg7+ Rxg7 38.Rb8#; while 36...Qd1+ doesn't work because of 37.Kg2! Qe2+ 38.Kh3 Nxf4+ 39.Qxf4! (and the queen can't be captured because of back-rank mate).

He said he didn't play "simply" 36.bxc4 because he was afraid of 36...Ne4 (threatening a fork on d2) 37.Ke2 Nd6 38.c5 Nc8 (39.Bb6 Nxb6 winning a piece), but while giving the line he noticed that 38.Rd5! is actually winning here - 38...Nxc4 39.Bd4! (with the threat Rd7) 39...Rf8 40.Kd3, and if Black tries to save the knight by 40...Rc8 then 41.Rd7 and Black doesn't have Rf7. Alternatively, there's 40...Na3 41.Rd7 Rf7 42.Rd8+ Rf8 43.Rxf8+ Kxf8 44.Bc5+ & Bxa3.

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