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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
"Caruana Grande" (game of the day Jan-27-2015)
Tata Steel Masters (2014), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-13
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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  paavoh: This 11.a3, 12.b4 maneuver appeals to me, it seems very hard for Black to find a decent plan. Later, f3-e4 was also a White option. Any suggestions for Black?
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  Richard Taylor: White holds Black on the Q-side with those Ns and then pushes to the centre and RHS of the board. Good game.
Jan-14-14  Ulhumbrus: How does White make Black pay for contracting a backward c pawn? Not by winning it but by leaving it backward and advancing his own king side pawn majority
Jan-14-14  Dave1: Black came out better from the openning. Usualy Fabiano looses this kind of games so it is intresting to see the way he won this one
Jan-14-14  DanteAlighieri: Black was better? How? Caruana played a novelty (13.Bc3), was playing very quickly and got an advantage almost immediately after said novelty.

And he usually loses what kind of games? Games where he's better? Games where he's worse? What the hell are you talking about?

Jan-14-14  pajaste: Terrible game! And by terrible I mean tremendous! I mean, Congrats Caruana!

This is the sort of game I hated to lose when I played more, you know you've played a pretty decent game and in the post-game analysis you still don't understand what went wrong. And on this game, should we trust the engines which tell where black went astray? I'm not going to try to ananlyze this, even with an engine.

Jan-16-14  KingchecksQueen: I blame Sergey for the loss. He violated a 'dos and don'ts of chess'--1)by creating a weak or vulnerable square, the c6. 2)Thus he lost valuable space. He gave his opponent a parking space for the white knight.
Jan-16-14  haydn20: Despite "Knight on the rim", the squares c3 and b2 are important, and I'm not sure Black should trade the a4N for the c3B. Maybe e.g. 20...Rd8 is better?
Jan-16-14  haydn20: And 21...e5 almost deserves a ?--Why open up White's game for him?
Jan-17-14  fisayo123: And Caruana continues his ownage of Karjakin.
Jan-20-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Beautiful game. Reminds me of how Ulf Andersson used to play this opening with White.
Sep-27-14  Everett: This is a Catalan masterpiece of control and position. One could hardly hope to play a better game from this opening.
Sep-27-14  colosseo: Black doesn't play 12....e5 because of 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxg2 15.Nxf7!.

White's 46th and 50th moves were magnificent. Bravo!

Oct-08-14  ndg2: Knights on the rim ... are grim
Jan-27-15  Doniez: At the top of the page my comment at Fab game during last year Wijk an Zee. Unfortunately this year he was not in a good form.
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  playground player: "Caruana Grande"? I don't get the pun. Is it a reference to Cangrande della Scala, the great Renaissance warlord who was a patron of Dante?

Scientists opened his tomb recently and discovered he died of being poisoned. Well, his enemies never could defeat him on the battlefield.

Jan-27-15  Kwesi: <playground player> "Ariana Grande"?
Jan-27-15  rickycota: Worst pun EVER!!!
Jan-27-15  JohnBoy: I love Dante's comment above. Brutal.
Jan-27-15  ajile: Kind of a late minority attack for White.
Jan-27-15  ajile: <Richard Taylor: White holds Black on the Q-side with those Ns and then pushes to the centre and RHS of the board. Good game.>

Exactly. You described what I was thinking after I played through the entire game. White just stopped Black from getting any counterplay with his q-side pawn majority. Then gained space and dominated the center. A really good example of GM positional play.

Jan-27-15  welhelm1982: Black should play70...rh4+r then if whit take the king black take the king ....funny? What? No? You say not funny ha?
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  Richard Taylor: Yes <ajile> it is good if White has a plan. In all probability Karjarkin (in this case) struggled to find a plan, and therefore may have been in time pressure).
Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: Could Karjakin play 63...Bc5 instead of Ke2?
Aug-27-19  YesChess1010: cool, very
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