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Fabiano Caruana vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
European Club Cup (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 4, Sep-18
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0

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Sep-18-14  coolconundrum: This guy is going to 2900.
Sep-18-14  Doniez: Shak's pawn sac was a terrible mistake and he never recovered to a level situation
Sep-18-14
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  tamar: Witness the telescopic powers of the bishop!
Sep-18-14  visayanbraindoctor: Although this game isn't exciting in the traditional sense, an opening pawn sac that went wrong by Mamedyarov, for me it's striking how Caruana hunkered down and coolly defended against Black's initiative with well calculated logical moves. I think being ice-cold calculative has become one of Caruana's defining traits as a top player.

More and more, he reminds me of Botvinnik. Both were not intuitive quick players, nor imaginative tactical wizards. Instead one sees thorough opening preparation, iron logic, ice-cold calculations even under immense pressure.

Sep-18-14  Lupara: While watching this game develop on Chessbomb, many of the kibitzers were questioning whether Mamedyarov obtained enough compensation for the pawn sacs. Most thought that Mamaedyarov had better development and some initiative but not enough to justify giving up two pawns.

The consensus was that if Caruana could play accurately and untangle, he would eventually torture Mamedyarov in an advantageous ending.

And so it came to pass. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Sep-18-14
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  tamar: Despite his mistakes, Mamedyarov still had drawing chances with 51...Ke6. The nervous 51...a5 allowed White to take the a pawn while keeping the knight at bay.

Going backwards from this tablebase draw


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the big question is whether White can keep the knight from sacrificing itself for the a pawn.

Keeping the pawn on a7 probably drew.

Sep-19-14
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  beatgiant: Was anything wrong with <49. Kf4>? At first glance, the pawn ending after 49. Kf4 Nxd7 50. Bxd7 looks like a win.

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