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Alexander Morozevich vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 7, May-29
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  0-1



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May-29-13  doublemint: White could have had an incredible drawing fortress and defended this except for the fact that the a pawns are on the board... he has to try a desperate attack, but it shouldn't be enough
May-29-13  chessdgc2: Marmot PFL: I'm rated at only 2000, I can tell you Black has an easy win here
May-29-13  Marmot PFL: Than maybe white should resign.
May-29-13  doublemint: well.. in this position white simply runs the g pawn (notice every square to the queening square is covered.. but black simply runs the c pawn and can even trade qxq in the end and the c pawn will promote..
May-29-13  Marmot PFL: Must be hoping for some miraculous perpetual check.
May-29-13  chessdgc2: I hate to say it, but White's only hope should be to shake hands here
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  plang: Certainly premature to resign though saving chances are small
May-29-13  chessdgc2: plang: You're never hurts to play on as there's an old saying: "It's not over until it's over"...BUT the win is clear :)
May-29-13  doublemint: Black could have taken the a pawn instead of the e pawn after the queen fell and his game would be much easier to win.. here there is actually some hope for perpetual.. Black has to massage tempos to push the pawn at least one more square first so the knight can't catch it , then he could simplify even with a timely QxN if he wanted to and that's that.
May-29-13  Marmot PFL: Caruana certainly is playing well for a youngster.
May-29-13  chessdgc2: Caruana played well, but Moro made it quite easy for him to :)
May-29-13  Marmot PFL: But so is the old pro Kamsky.
May-29-13  DcGentle: Nakamura is winning against Topalov. Not bad for him.
May-29-13  fisayo123: Caruana and Morozevich have played 12 games. Only 3 have been draws.
May-29-13  Slurpeeman: I didn't see this mentioned in here, so thought it would be good to point out what I saw during the game and what the commentator and the players supposedly missed: after the knight/exchange sacrifice, White can play Qh6 and on QxN play Nf5 check forcing the perpetual as the king cannot leave the queen unprotected. Seeing as Caruana and Morozevich are top-10 players, that Morozevich did not force a draw indicates to me he was playing for a win!!!

Btw, I checked with Houdini whites moves as well as the perpetual mentioned above - up until Nf1 White was doing fine (in part due to the possibility of Nh5 and the Queen cannot leave the 8th rank because of mate - as first pointed out by GM Evgenii Gleizerov of

May-29-13  Robwilly: Can someone tell me if 57. .... g5 works? I don't have a search engine--just ram that g pawn down black's throat!
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  tamar: <Robwilly> 57 g5 c4 58 g6 c3 59 g7+ Kh7 60 g8Q+ Qxg8 61 Nxg8 c2
May-30-13  PorQpine: @Slurpeeman: in the press conference Caruana mentioned that after 40.Qh5 he was going to accept the draw by repetition, but he thought that Morozevich was playing for a win with 40.Nh4.
May-30-13  anandrulez: Clearly Moro overdid his position .
May-30-13  JPi: <in the press conference Caruana mentioned that after 40.Qh5 he was going to accept the draw by repetition> Well 40...QxN 41.Nf5+ Kf7 42.Nh6+ Kg7... going to accept or not the draw seems forced.
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<46...Qb8!> both supports the knight on f4 and threatens mate in 3 by 47...Qb1+ 48.Nf1 Qxf1+! 49.Kxf1 Rh1#; <47.Nf1??> (47.Nxf4 would have kept it more or less equal) defends against this but by clearing the g-file falls into the tactics that transpired in the game. Very nice trap by Caruana.

Jun-04-13  Hesam7: <Eyal> a couple of moves earlier than that Caruana could have more or less decided the game with 44...Qd7!

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It is hard to come up with moves for White, for example 45 Nh5? Ne4 . My engine came up with 45 Qe2 Ne6 46 Ne3 Nd4 47 Qd1 Qg7

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Again White's options are very limited.

Jun-11-13  notyetagm: Morozevich vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: KING & QUEEN ON SAME LINE IS MAJOR LIABILITY 47 ... Nf4-h3+! exploits alignment of White g1-king, g4-queen

Jun-11-13  notyetagm: Morozevich vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: LINE-OPENING SACS: GETTING AT WEAKNESSES (LATE) 47 ... Nf4-h3+! opens g-file to pin White g4-queen to g1-king

Jan-16-15  jrofrano: This game was the number five game of 2013:
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