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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2014), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0

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Jan-15-14  fgh: This endgame looks like an endgame study. The long maneuvering that Dominguez had to do to win and the most bizarre pawn structure certainly give it that feel.
Jan-15-14  Jambow: Why? ...66Be7 and not never mind I see it now. Nice end game by Dominguez.
Jan-15-14  abhishikt: Nice examples for zugzwangs.
Jan-16-14  Marmot PFL: They call this the Spanish Inquisition. So just play the Marshall or Berlin and take the draw.
Jan-16-14  SirRuthless: This game isn't getting nearly as much attention as it should. The computers couldn't make heads or tail of this endgame and it took the human Lenier to find how to break through. I thought he was masterful, in time pressure, finding the b5 pawn sac to gain the opposition on blacks, pushing b3-b4 to make either the king abandon b7 suare OR the bishop abandon defense of the d or h pawns. He then re-routed the king to the K-side and found the right moment to sac the h pawn gaining a path of entry for his king all while controlling the g1-a7 diagonal with his bishop. His Bishop from a distance along with the remaining b pawn kept the black king from incurring until the right moment. Just great co-ordination and calculation under pressure against a staunch defender such as Caruana. A real gem of an endgame study.
Jan-16-14  Jambow: <SR> Agree didn't know the engines didn't see it, this should be on Dominguez's top games, looked drawish but I didn't see the zugzwang forcing blacks Bishop to yield a pawn and it looks like that was the plan. Bravo probably the most skillful game of this event thus far.
Jan-16-14  fgh: This game is AWESOME.
Jan-16-14  mrbasso: In fact the (strong) computer engines I tried played this Bishop endgame horrible on the white side. They would end up in dead drawn positions pretty soon. This is a weakness of Computers but the idea to play h5 is not difficult to find for humans.
Jan-16-14  hedgeh0g: Dominguez played this game like a total boss.
Jan-16-14
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  paavoh: Apparently "terrible" pawn structure for White at move 34. Not what you expect for a winning end game...
Jan-16-14  joachimvhw: Stockfish at chessbomb indeed didn't know how to make sense of this endgame. For posterity, I think this game lasted about 7 hours.
Jan-16-14  donjova: <joachimvhw: Stockfish at chessbomb indeed didn't know how to make sense of this endgame.>

Also, when Dominguez shifted his king to the kingside, Houdini analysis at the official site gave the main line in which white just returns his king back to the queenside.

Jan-16-14  iking: 34. cxb3 created a three double white pawn islands .... and still wins!


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Jan-16-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: That's one of the most bizarre pawn structures in the history of pawns. Amazing game.
Jan-17-14
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  Octavia: I enjoyed going over this game!!!
Jan-17-14  iamsheaf: Look this is was much more easier than what Lenier made it look...
Jan-21-14  visayanbraindoctor: <SirRuthless: This game isn't getting nearly as much attention as it should. The computers couldn't make heads or tail of this endgame and it took the human Lenier to find how to break through. I thought he was masterful, in time pressure, finding the b5 pawn sac to gain the opposition on blacks, pushing b3-b4 to make either the king abandon b7 suare OR the bishop abandon defense of the d or h pawns. He then re-routed the king to the K-side and found the right moment to sac the h pawn gaining a path of entry for his king all while controlling the g1-a7 diagonal with his bishop. His Bishop from a distance along with the remaining b pawn kept the black king from incurring until the right moment. Just great co-ordination and calculation under pressure against a staunch defender such as Caruana. A real gem of an endgame study.>

Nicely put. GM Dominguez impresses. This endgame is amazing.

Jan-21-14  Nicocobas: <SirRuthless> I really appreciate your observations about the Dominguez-Caruana game. Not being sophisticated in chess, I'm often puzzled by many of the moves in a game and found your comments very helpful. I hope it is, or will be, a common practice of yours.
Jan-23-14  QueentakesKing: It was crystal clear on the (73) Bxh4 move that white had a won game.
Jan-23-14  QueentakesKing: Caruana was just prolonging the game. Unless of course Dominguez was running out of time.
Dec-04-18  Saniyat24: The Cuban King Dance...!

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