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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fabiano Caruana
"Seventh Heaven" (game of the day Jul-12-2015)
Sinquefield Cup (2014), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Sep-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  0-1



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Sep-04-14  1971: <JointheArmy: Don't know why MVL played 1. d4. He's much more prepared when he plays 1. e4.>

Fearing Caruana's prep.

Sep-04-14  visayanbraindoctor: Pulo y Gata: You should be happy they did a <Kinghunt>.

wordfunph: <PYG> i remember the book from your library - The <Kinghunt> in Chess by Cozens. Thanks :)

Peculiarly enough no one seems to be immune to a King Hunt, even WC Carlsen. I can recall at least two games wherein he was on the receiving end of a King hunt.

Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2009

The Wang Yue game is particularly surprising given Wang's solid and rather 'dry' style.

I cant' recall Caruana conducting any King hunt in the past against a top master, but apparently any top player can do it proficiently, including those who we usually think of as solid positional players such as Wang Yue and Caruana.

I enjoy replaying these games, even if they are often full of errors (usually by the loser). Good old romantic chess.

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  morfishine: If Carlsen is Magnuficent, Caruana is Fabialous!
Sep-04-14  Santa Claus 77: As the commentator said, after missing to castle, MVL got a "whooping kick in the a...". Everything is clicking right for Caruana right now. It will be an exciting match against Carlsen tonight, since the world champion needs to show something after loosing the first game. Carlsen said himself that he seeks revenge!
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  perfidious: <chancho: There may be an onset of this thing called the Fabionitis virus (Caruanis kicklotsofassis) going around in St Louis, and the players are feeling it.>

As the opponents of Karpov experienced the original strain at Linares (1994), a result attributed to Kasparov 'softening up' players for AK, as most had to face Kasparov, then Karpov, due to the tournament draw, by Eric Schiller in his book of Kasparov's games.

Sep-04-14  Ulhumbrus: Vachier-Lagrave said that when he had played 14 Qa4 he had overlooked that after 14...Qh4 15 0-0 Black could play 15...Nf6 and he had then panicked.
Sep-04-14  MarkFinan: Was this chess's MVP playing well or MVL playing lousy? I've just been looking through the game so I could figure out how whites king ended up on c3 so early on (??) and for the life of me I can't figure out why he didn't just play 15.0-0! It can't be because of.. Nd2! Don't understand.
Sep-04-14  Andrew Chapman: what's the win after 40.Ka6. Taking the queen looks dangerous. Does he just walk his king out and advance his pawns, while all that white can do is maybe move his rook along the seventh rank. Or is there some quick win?


Sep-04-14  Refused: I would guess the win after 40.Ka6 might look something like this.

40...Rxb6+ 41.axb6 Qxb3
a) 42.Kb7 Qf3+
a1)43.Ka6 Qxf2 44.Rb7 Qe2+ 45.Ka5 Qe5+ 46.Ka6 Kf8 etc. If white has the idea to play 47.Rf7+ Kxf7 48.b7 Qa1+ 49.Kb5 Qxa7 ends that rather quick. a2)43.Rc6 Rc8 43.Kxc8 Qxc6+ 44.Kb8 Qxb6+ 45.Ka8 Kf7 46.g4 Ke7 47.gxf5 Kd7 48.f6 Kc7 49.f7 Qc6#

b) 42.b7 Qa3+ 43.Kb5 Qxa7 44.Rc8+ Kf7 etc.

Capturing the Queen looks more dangerous than it probably is.

Let me know if you find a particular improvement on a line I suggested.

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  Penguincw: Analysis for this game:
Sep-16-14  Ulhumbrus: This was Caruana's seventh successive win. I believe the expression for such a run is <Caruana in unstoppable form>
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  offramp: Pun of the Year!
Jul-12-15  Imran Iskandar: <offramp> Thanks a lot! It was mine and it also happened to be my first submitted pun to actually materialize.
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  offramp: Well done, <Imran Iskander>! I've had a few accepted and I hope you have many more.
Jul-12-15  RandomVisitor: As late as move 14, white seems to be ok.

After 14...Qh4:

1: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana, Sinquefield Cup 2014

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.00] d=24 15.0-0> Nd2 16.Rfd1 Ne4 17.Rf1 Nd2 18.Rfd1 Ne4 19.Rf1 Nd2 20.Rfd1 Ne4 21.Rf1 Nd2 22.Rfd1 Ne4 23.Rf1 Nd2 24.Rfd1 Ne4 25.Rf1 Nd2 26.Rfd1 Ne4 27.Rf1 Nd2 28.Rfd1 Ne4 29.Rf1 Nd2 30.Rfd1

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  Penguincw: I love how the last post here before today was by <Ulhumbrus>, and it mentioned that this game was Caruana's 7th straight win (making the pun even stronger).
Jul-12-15  RandomVisitor: After 15.0-0, white apparently has nothing to fear from either 15...Nf6 or 15...Ng5:

1: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana, Sinquefield Cup 2014

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.10] d=24 15...Nf6 16.Qb3 e4 17.Bc2 Nh5 18.f3 exf3 19.Rxf3 Qe7 20.Rcf1 Re8 21.Ng3 Nxg3 22.Rxg3 Qf6 23.Kh1 b5 24.a4 a6 25.Rgf3 Qg5 26.a5

[+0.10] d=24 15...Ng5 16.f4 exf4
17.Nxf4 Ne4 18.Qa5 Qe7 19.Bxe4 fxe4 20.a4 Bf5 21.b3 g5 22.Ne2 h5 23.Rb1 h4 24.h3 Rf7 25.Rf2

Jul-12-15  Imran Iskandar: Was there a more epic tournament than Sinquefield 2014? Besides Caruana's performance, most of the other games were top class and highly entertaining.
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  offramp: I thought the more recent Norwegian tournament was harder fought and had more drama.
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  thegoodanarchist: White's King dies on the 7th rank, and it is heaven for White :)
Jul-12-15  mruknowwho: Is 7. c5 a book move? It looks a little odd to me. I'm not really sure what White gets from it.
Jul-12-15  RandomVisitor: After 13...e5:

1: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana, Sinquefield Cup 2014

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.18] d=24 14.0-0> Bd7 15.Qc2 Rae8 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.g3 Ng5 18.b4 Re7 19.Nf4 Qf6 20.Rfd1 Ne4 21.Ne2 Qh6 22.Rf1 Rfe8

Jul-12-15  RandomVisitor: After 6...Nbd7:

1: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana, Sinquefield Cup 2014

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<1. (0.26) d=25: 7.cxd5 exd5 8.h3> c5 9.Nge2 Qb6 10.Qb3 Qd8 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 Qb6 13.Qb3 cxd4 14.exd4 Qxb3 15.axb3 Nb6 16.g3 Nd5 17.Bg2 Nxf4 18.Nxf4 Bb4+ 19.Kf1 Rd8

2. (0.08) d=25: 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be2 dxc4 9.0-0 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Nb6 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Bc7 Re8 13.Bxb6 axb6 14.Bxc4 Bd7 15.Nd4 e5 16.Ndb5 Rec8 17.Be2 Rd8

<3. (0.00) d=25: 7.c5 c6> 8.Bd3 b6 9.b4 Bb7 10.a3 a5 11.Nf3 Nh5 12.Qe2 Nxf4 13.exf4 axb4 14.axb4 bxc5 15.bxc5 Qa5 16.0-0 Ba6

Jul-13-15  RandomVisitor: After 6.Rc1:

1: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana, Sinquefield Cup 2014

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64: <24-ply>

1. (0.17): 6...c6 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Be2 Nh5 9.0-0 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nxf4 11.exf4 g6 12.Re1 Nf6 13.a3 Qc7 14.Ne5 Rd8 15.Qd2 a6

2. (0.26): 6...Nbd7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.h3 c5 9.Nge2 Qb6 10.Qb3 Qd8 11.g4 c4 12.Qd1 Nb6 13.Bg2 Bd7 14.0-0 Bc6 15.Ng3 g6 16.Re1 Rc8

3. (0.27): 6...Nc6 7.h3 h6 8.Nf3 Bd6 9.Bxd6 cxd6 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Qb3 Na5 13.Qd3 Nc6 14.a3 Be6 15.Be2 a6

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  kevin86: White's king is chased to b7!
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