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Fabiano Caruana vs Georg Meier
Dortmund Sparkassen (2014), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-16
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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Jul-16-14  DcGentle: After <36... h6> White is surely better.
Jul-16-14  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps he has chosen 37 Rg1 because his bishop on b2 covers the c1 square
Jul-16-14  DcGentle: This was fast, Meier resigned.
Jul-16-14  Ulhumbrus: Black has not played 37...Rg6. Now on 38 g6 what is Black going to do?
Jul-16-14  artemis: DcGentle: by better do you mean winning?

37. Rg1 Rc8 38. g6 and now any move other than Qxa2 and Rxg6 falls to the subtle Qxh6#. the former gives up the queen and black will still be checkmated. the later allows 39. Rxg6 fxg6 40. f7+ Kh7 and 41. Qe5 with mate on g7.

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Jul-16-14  DcGentle: <37... Rcc8> was a blunder, because Black's c-pawn was not covered anymore. Maybe Black could have hold with <37... Kh7> threatening 38... Rg6.
Jul-16-14  artemis: Ulhumbrus: I think that either rook move is the same, so with limited time he decided to put the rook onto a darksquare, so that there is less likely to be a tactic that he could have missed. Also, if he is forced to take a piece on the g-file, leaving the R on the second rank allows him to answer a double threat to a2 by simply moving the bishop.
Jul-16-14  IraqSon: Meier got crushed utterly!!
Jul-16-14  DcGentle: <artemis>: Yes, I believe that White could have won in the end, more analysis is needed.
Jul-16-14  artemis: DcGentle: Ok, your first post was after 36. ... h6. 37. Rg1 and then 37. ... Kh7 is the idea. 38. h4 Rg6 39. h5 is deadly then, isn't it?
Jul-16-14  DcGentle: Great game by Caruana in any case. :-)
(This guy is good, we know it now.)
Jul-16-14  sevenseaman: Meir may have laid much store on his 29...Rac8. 30. Qf3 was defining move; Caruana's attack gets momentum
Jul-16-14
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  PawnSac: Arrived late today.. game already over!

wow! A Fab..ulous game!

19.Bxd7! White removes the knight eliminating and important defensive resource! Normally something like Rfc8 clears f8 for the knight, which adds defense, but now its gone! Black's light squared bishop is of little defensive value now as it is virtually separated from the K side.

Caruana is dominating this event!

Jul-16-14  DcGentle: <artemis: DcGentle: Ok, your first post was after 36. ... h6. 37. Rg1 and then 37. ... Kh7 is the idea. 38. h4 Rg6 39. h5 is deadly then, isn't it?>

Yes, you are right, and even with other moves Black could have only delayed the end.

Jul-16-14  csmath: 3. Nc3
[Fabiano is offering the same discussion he had with Meier in Dortmund 2013.]

16. Nd4
[This is now different than what was played in Dortmund 2013.]

21. ...Qc6N

[First new move in the game, all other moves have been played in Karjakin-Goganov, N. Novgorod 2013 that ended in a draw.]

22. f5


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This is a moment for evaluation. The game is clearly very aggressive and double-edged. It now depends on tactical precision of both players. White is better here because black attack is stalled while white attack is still in the fluid phase and black king is under water.]

25. Re1!?
[This is clearly a strange move as 25. Rc1 Qa6 26. Qf3 Ra8 27. Rcc2 Bc4 28. Rb2 seems more in the spirit of position, hoping that at some point h4 would be possible. There has to be something Caruana did not like in position.]

26. Re3
[Now it became more obvious that Caruana wants to have rook on the third rank though it is still not obvious how would his attack through g and h files proceed.]

27. ...Rc7


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28. Qd1!?
[28. f6! g6 (28. ...gxf6 is dangerous and leads to similar position as in the game later) 29. Rf2 Qb7 30. Qd2 and now h4 looks extremely dangerous.]

34. f6!


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[Decisive phase of attack starts, this is extremely dangerous move requiring extreme precision from black.]

34. ...Rg8
35. g5!
[Now it is obvious that white has serious advantage.]

36. ...h6!?
[Impatient but what else?]

37. Rg1!
[preparing h4 and h5 with a total collapse of black king's pocket.]

37. ...Rcc8??
[Black cannot afford errors since his position is already very close to lost and probably strategically lost anyway. It was more resilient to play blockading 37. ...Rg6 although after 38. h4 black survival is dubious.]

38. g6
[h6 is now goner and mate is coming shortly.]

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Brilliant evaluation of position by Caruana. This is a trait of top-notch players. After 25 moves it is white that has the advantage but you need to be able to see that. This is the position Caruana was going for given the two games known, his own with Meier in 2013 and the game Karjakin-Goganov. Obviously he has evaluated position before. Superb chess.

Jul-16-14  csmath: Brilliant chess, yet another game decided by superb preparation, good evaluation and solid execution.

This is one of the best prepared and the best players in the world at the top of his game.

Jul-16-14  parisattack: Wow! Power chess by Caruna. Precision of a brain surgeon. Guessing 2800 will stick this round for him.

Black seemed 'OK' in the 20s - perhaps wasted valuable time with the rook moves. Possible improvements for black?

Jul-16-14
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  Gypsy: Without intending anything mean to Mr. Meier, the destruction of Black castling position was instructive and satisfying; after it finally got rolling.
Jul-17-14
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  Sokrates: <csmath: Brilliant chess, yet another game decided by superb preparation, good evaluation and solid execution.

This is one of the best prepared and the best players in the world at the top of his game.> Well said, csmath, and thank you for your always great post-game analysis. Appreciate very much.

Jul-17-14  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 35...Rg8 White's king side pawns are able to do useful work by advancing so as to attack the king side whereas Black's central pawns are not able to do as useful work, either by advancing or by remaining where they are.

Black's source of counter-play in compensation for this has consisted earlier of his potential threats on the a and c files. After this source of counter-play reduces in value White gains the advantage in the battle

One problem which Black has is that his bishop lacks access to d3 so as to join the attack.

If White can prevent the move ...Bd3 one alternative is the sacrifice ...Bc4.

Another interesting alternative is, instead of 20...a4, the pawn sacrifice 20...b3 t be followed by ...a4

Jul-17-14  1971: Can someone explain 31. Red1? It's Stockfish's top choice too.
Jul-17-14  JohnBoy: <1971> - I am running Stockfish now and it's not even seeing 31.Red1. But as near as I can tell, the move is intended to prevent ...Bd3+ after white plays the intended Qe3, f6, Qg5.
Jul-20-14  Wavy: After Caruana successfully defended the attack of Meier on his King, Meier's position just crumbled in an instant after Caruana attacked his King.
Jul-20-14  zanzibar: <Wavy> I didn't go through this game, but I did notice your comment.

I have to say, that's one of my most favorite forms for chess - where I weather an opponent's attack, but ultimately win by counter-attack.

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