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Fabiano Caruana vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 9, Jun-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1

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Jun-01-13  DcGentle: Dominguez played very well, that's true. His regrouping of pieces before move 40 was prudent and farsighted.
Jun-01-13  patfoley: Starting at move 36, the black rook retreat from c4 together with the misplaced night (f6 was wrong compared to e5 and d3) put white back close to winning. It did not have to happen.
Jun-01-13  DcGentle: White's <46. b4?> did cut off his rook. His idea was a counterweight to the black center pawns, but these were passers, the white a & b-pawns not. This made one difference.
Jun-01-13  DcGentle: <patfoley>: You are right in this regard, Black had other chances at this time, but I guess time trouble got in the way.
Jun-01-13  SuperPatzer77: Time for Leinier Dominguez to dance cha-cha with his talented woman in the Dancing With the Stars show.

LOL

SuperPatzer77

Jun-01-13  chessdgc2: It was one thing for White to allow 1...Rxd5, but allowing Black to take again at b5 proved fatal since White never had any real counterplay
Jun-01-13
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Very tough, difficult struggle for both players. It would not surprise me if the silicon monsters uncover even more errors. But the paradox remains--the bad moves made for rather a good game.
Jun-01-13  Pedro Fernandez: <DcG> said it: 46.b4?? Further Caruana didn't follow Alekine's advice by playing Rb4! obligating the exchange of rooks and after of that the rook is a lot superior than the knight.
Jun-01-13
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  Eyal:


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Caruana's last chance to put up serious resistance was probably here, after 55...Kd5, with 56.Rh2! - threatening Rh5+ & Rxe4, when Black apparently has no better choice than to exchange rooks by 56...Rg2+, and then with only R vs N things look different. Instead, 56.Rd7+? just misplaces the rook.

This chance could have been prevented a couple of moves earlier, after 54.Ke2:


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Where 54...Nd5! (instead of bxa6, which opens the 7th rank for the white rook) is a killer - 55.axb7 leading to mate after 55...d3+ 56.Kd2 Kd4!, e.g. 57.Re2 e3+ 58.Rxe3 Nxe3 and next move Black can choose between Nc4# & Rd1#.

Jun-01-13
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  whiteshark: Not the first endgame Caruana 'misplayed' lately, me thinks.
Jun-01-13
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  PawnSac: <whiteshark: Not the first endgame Caruana 'misplayed' lately, me thinks.>

In retrospect, I'm sure Caruana wished he had returned the exchange with 45.Rf1+ Ke5 46.Rxf6 Kxf6 47.Rxe4 with a probable draw. From that point on his game went downhill fast.

Jun-01-13
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  Eyal: Dominguez's press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7og...
Jun-01-13  chessguru1: Dominguez's demonstration of the 'Petrosianic' exchange sacrifice is very interesting. Petrosian is the pre-eminent maestro of this type of middlegames. Caruana had chances to draw by returning the material but he was mesmerized by the power of the rooks instead of the relative strength of the pieces over the position.
Jun-01-13  Pedro Fernandez: Nice analysis <Eyal>, THX.
Jun-01-13  weisyschwarz: Dominguez played well such a scattershot opening, keeping Caruana off-guard, and then clogged files kept Caruana from any real atacking chances. I give to Dominguez rather than take it out on Caruana.
Jun-01-13  JPi: <Where 54...Nd5! (instead of bxa6, which opens the 7th rank for the white rook) is a killer - 55.axb7 leading to mate after 55...d3+ 56.Kd2 Kd4!, e.g. 57.Re2 e3+ 58.Rxe3 Nxe3 and next move Black can choose between Nc4# & Rd1#.> Pretty! You have to see it until its last move; on practical play, I understand that one could be afraid of this b7 pawn...
Jun-02-13
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  al wazir: 44. Rf1+ Kg4 45. Rxf6! Kxf6 46. Rxa4 Rxd5 (46...e3 47. Kf1 e2+ 48. Ke1 Kf5 49. Rd4) 47. Rxe4 Rd2+ 48. Kf3 Rxb2 49. a4 1/2.
Jun-02-13  Snehalshekatkar: I have started becoming big fan of Lenier Dominguez Perez!
Jun-02-13  Snehalshekatkar: Can somebody explain me two moves? First is 8...h5 and second 9...Nbd7 instead of 9...Nc6
Jun-02-13  Portusboy: 8...h5 prevents an English attack setup with g4. After 9...Nbd7 the Knight controls the important sqaures c5 and e5
Jun-02-13  TrueFiendish: It's just an entirely different setup for black with all sorts of possibilities, as is the case so often in the Sicilian. Makes it so hard to prepare for for white.
Jun-04-13
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  Eyal:


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<Caruana's last chance to put up serious resistance was probably here, after 55...Kd5, with 56.Rh2! - threatening Rh5+ & Rxe4, when Black apparently has no better choice than to exchange rooks by 56...Rg2+, and then with only R vs N things look different.>

Alex Yermolinsky, in his review of this round on ICC, suggested that Caruana may have disliked <56.Rh2> because of <56...Nd1> with the idea 57.Rh5+ Kc4 58.Rxe4 Nc3+, though he thought that White actually draws here after 59.Kf2 Nxe4+ 60.Kxg1 d3 61.Rh8 d2 62.Rd8 Kc3 63.Kf1 Kc2 64.Ke2 d1Q+ 65.Rxd1 Nc3+ 66.Ke3 Kxd1 67.Kd4 Kc2 68.Kc5 getting Black's a-pawn; but in fact, 61...Kxb4! wins for Black.

It seems White does have a draw, but it's even more tricky: <57.Rc7!> (threatening to "trap" the black king with the two rooks after Rc5+) 57...d3+ 58.Kd2 Kd4 59.Rd7+ Kc4 60.Rc7+ Kb3 61.Rc1 e3+ 62.Kxd3 Nf2+ 63.Kxe3 Ng4+ (63...Rxc1 64.Rxf2 Kxb4 is a TB draw) 64.Kf4 Rxc1 65.Kxg4 Kxb4 and that's a TB draw, but not a simple one - 66.Kf3! is the only moves that doesn't lose.

Jun-05-13  messachess: What about 50.b5? It keeps the black K out of d4. In order for black to reengage b5 with the R, the black K must retreat. There is no immediate way for black to guard d4; so white's a4R can occupy it. This R is then in play on the center of the board and can support a push by <a> and <b> pawns.

I like it! immmhohoho, it's an improvement to this Najdorfskevichi. I think Mr. Najdorfskevichimeister himself would approve.

Jan-24-15  KingPetrosian: Black played beautifully! The sacrifice exchange! - And those knights! Great display of the Sicilian's strength!
Jan-24-15
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  NM JRousselle: If Black had played 54 Nc4 or Nd5, the win might have been easier.
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