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Dmitry Andreikin vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), Baku AZE, rd 7, Oct-09
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0

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Oct-09-14  jphamlore: <NightKnight, FSR> The reason why Carlsen fared so much better in his Scandanavian is that Carlsen adopted a Semi-Slav type pawn structure only he was even better off as he was able to exchange his d-pawn for a center e-pawn instead of the usual c-pawn. Observe in that game Caruana never got to push his d-pawn to the 5th rank.

Whereas in Caruana's Gruenfeld-like treatment of his pawns, there is apparently no plan to stop White from advancing the d-pawn to even the 6th rank. A defense that fails to answer the most basic question of how to stop a center pawn from advancing is simply untenable.

When Caruana plays Gruenfeld-like defenses as Black he sinks to playing like a lower 2700. It's that simple.

Oct-09-14  1d410: <jphamlore> Yes it was precisely that d-pawn push that did Caruana in here. Recently Caruana has used kingside fianchettoes to draw Kramnik and Svidler in Dortmund and ECC so it is reasonable to suspect he was playing for a draw here, trying to "coast" with the lead.
Oct-09-14  SirRuthless: <<<1d410>: Talent as well as Prep together with OCD drawing beats talent>

I would tend to agree with you...>

Oct-09-14  SirRuthless: <<Pulo y Gata: The greatest natural talent won yet again. :(>

I would tend to agree.>

Oct-09-14  1d410: <SirRuthless> oops, wrong thread! But I am glad you agree :)
Oct-09-14
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  OhioChessFan: <Gypsy: The simple finish is <64...Rxc7 65.Rxc7 Kxc7 66.Kc5 Kd7 67.Kd5 Ke7 68.Ke5 Kf7 69.Kd6...> and the pawn g6 falls.>

I edited the move numbers. Interesting how the Black King just gets crushed in the corner. That position is worth playing out. Here's a diagram:


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Oct-09-14
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  OhioChessFan: <Dom: In the final position, 64...Rxc7 65.Rxc7 Kxc7 66.Kc5 Kd7 67.Kd5 etc is a win. White can pick up the h-pawn and use the tempi to break through. I think...>

That was my first thought too, but it has to be the g Pawn White picks up to win as mentioned in my last post. Here's a typical line if White goes for the h Pawn. 64...Rxc7 65.Rxc7 Kxc7 66.Kc5 Kd7 67.Kd5 Ke7 68.Ke5 Kf7 69. Kf4 Kf8 70. Kg4 Kf7 71. Kxh4 Kg7 72. Kg4 Kf7 73. Kf4 and a diagram:


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73....Ke6 (an only move, obviously, and the basis of Black's defense in a bunch of variations and the White King can't make progress. So supposing we use the tempo now...) 74. h4 Kf7 75. Ke5 Ke7


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and Black can maintain the opposition. If White plays h5, then gxh5 and Black can push the h Pawn and make the White King chase while maintaining the opposition easily.

Oct-10-14  millert: So Caruana winning streak started after losing the Carlsen's Scandinavian in the Chess Olympiad and it ended when he lost to Andreikin's Scandinavian. Well Caruana still has a chance to set the record for the longest winning streak when not playing or facing the Scandinavian :)
Oct-10-14
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  FSR: <1d410: ... Recently Caruana has used kingside fianchettoes to draw Kramnik and Svidler in Dortmund and ECC so it is reasonable to suspect he was playing for a draw here, trying to "coast" with the lead.>

I don't think so. A, I don't think that Caruana is afraid of Andreikin. To the contrary, I think that he thought that he had a good chance of winning as Black against Andreikin, and a significantly smaller chance of losing. B, this line of the Scandinavian would be a very odd and unreliable way of playing for a draw. I think that Caruana was playing a sharp and risky line as Black in hopes of winning the game. Cf. R Swinkels vs Caruana, 2014.

Oct-10-14
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  Pulo y Gata: <FSR> I agree with your view. Dmitry's cellar position justify the attempt, although it backfired.
Oct-10-14  torrefan: Only players of the highest caliber (Carlsen and others) should play the Scandinavian.
Oct-10-14  ljfyffe: Only Scandinavians should play the Scandinavian!
Oct-10-14  parisattack: Should I burn my copy of Zoom?
Oct-10-14
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  chancho: From Chessbase:

<Caruana: "More or less all my moves were bad from the first to the last one.

So that's what went wrong.

I made so many mistakes and missed so many things.

I think I had a decent position after the opening and I just slowly ruined it.">

Oct-10-14  k009ris: Andreikin the Robin Hood of chess!
Takes the points from the rich and gives them to the poor.
Oct-10-14
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  FSR: Check out Fischer's record against the Scandinavian: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Oct-10-14
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  chancho: Check Wesley So's record:

search "so b01"

Oct-10-14  parisattack: <FSR: Check out Fischer's record against the Scandinavian: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Brutal, indeed. Those are actually the games that kept me from every playing the Scandi. Gligoric similar tho not quite so vicious against the Benoni.

Oct-10-14  torrefan: But check out Eugene Torre's record against the Scandinavian--

search "torre b01"

Oct-10-14  tivrfoa: 63. ... Rxc7 how white procede
Oct-10-14
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  FSR: <tivrfoa> 63...Rxc7 64.Rxc7 Kxc7 65.Kd5 Kd7 66.Ke5 Ke7 67.h4! (zugzwang) and White will win both of Black's pawns, for example 67...Kf7 68.Kd6 Kg7 69.Ke7 Kh8 70.Kf7 Kh7 71.Kf6.
Oct-11-14  tivrfoa: <FSR> Thank you. =)
Oct-11-14
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Thanks for that analysis of the final position. I suspected that going for the h-pawn wasn't good enough, but didn't see the alternative winning line.
Apr-09-16
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  perfidious: <ossipossi: I admit I have been too optimistic after <16...c5>, thinking Black was going to free himself. Now the pawn in d6 is a noxious spike.>

A noxious spike it proved, indeed.

Oct-26-18
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