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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Roiz
European Club Cup (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 4, Sep-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Sep-17-14  1971: Roiz clearly doesn't understand this opening.

15...c5 is best attacking center right away and looking to play c4 closing queenside and keeping Whites bishop away from f7 diagonal.

17...Bg7 is inaccurate, the Bishop is well placed on f8 protecting d6, so Black can play c6 and open center.

Worst part is when Black does play c6, he weakens his d6 pawn while also freeing white's bishop. It's a move white would choose if he was able to choose black's move. I'll be shocked if Roiz is a GM.

Sep-17-14  Shams: <1971> Roiz made GM in 2003 per his biography. Grandmasters have bad games too, you know. And it doesn't take a huge inaccuracy to be made to look foolish when you're playing Caruana.
Sep-17-14  Lupara: <1971> You make some good points but Roiz is a veteran GM (earned his GM title in 2003 according to FIDE).

I think it may be "The Caruana Effect", which was last seen in St. Louis, Missouri in early September 2014. Its the ability to Jedi Mind Trick your opponent into making peculiar moves, which weaken his position. See M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2014 for a good example.

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  perfidious: Maybe the initial poster should have actually clicked on a player link before shooting from the hip, for it is he who does not understand the Closed Spanish.
Sep-17-14  SirRuthless: A total demolition. Fabiano is nigh unstoppable right now. O.R.Padova will need a result from him tomorrow vs Mamed to stay in the mix for the gold.
Sep-18-14  Doniez: And today Fabiano asphalted Shak
Sep-19-14  Ulhumbrus: 19 Bb3!! places White's king's bishop on the diagonal a2-g8 which is blocked by the d5 pawn. Caruana has anticipated that Black is going to play ...c6 and open the diagonal a2-g8 for White's king's bishop.

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