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Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-13
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-13-15  Robin01: So how does white meet 23...Nd5?
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  whiteshark: <what is the best rook to move to d1?> The other one!
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: Robin01: Best Rook to d1? In many cases, this choice is based on what a player wants to do. I general rule I follow is: The Rook that isn't doing anything should do something and in this case, that's Rfd1 :)
Jan-13-15  Robin01: <<what is the best rook to move to d1?> The other one!> Yes, that is usually it!:)
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: No doubt, Caruana is playing passively
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: 25...Bf6 threatens ...e4
Jan-13-15  boz: So seems to be playing with confidence. Getting his pieces to aggressive squares.
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: boz: Yes, So has played exceptional chess in this event. I'm not sure how high he plans to go, but it appears he's got what it takes to go as high as he wants
Jan-13-15  kellmano: d3 looks seriously weak.
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: White's f3 move shows us Caruana has become one of us, a spectator
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: After White traded B for N and hopped to e4 with his horse, he's much better now although still behind in space, his position is much more playable now
Jan-13-15  Marmot PFL: Hope they play on after move 40, but i am starting to doubt it.
Jan-13-15  Marmot PFL: why 30...Qb6+? doesn't the queen need to defend c4?
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: So is probably looking at ...Re3 before taking the donkey with ...Rxf6...otherwise, White mates if Black plays ...Rxf6 now :) Isn't that cute?
Jan-13-15  varishnakov: Maybe because from f6 it attacks c3
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  tpstar: <> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

Good fighting draw.

Jan-13-15  boz: Switch to VW-Carlsen?
Jan-13-15  Marmot PFL: darn, had long draw, didn't want this...
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: Wow, a draw never occurred to me! Yes, please give us another plate of chess! Please, pretty please, LOL!
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  whiteshark: Pity they don't played it out, but both players were down to eight minutes for the next 9/10 moves.
Jan-13-15  chessdgc2: Whiteshark: Yes, it was probably the right decision to draw based on the clocks...I was too wrapped up in the drama on the board to notice the clocks :) Good game! CHESSGAMES.COM, Thank you for the broadcast, good job
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  Sokrates: One move per minute - that's not much, but these are young players, having blitzed half of their chess life. This position is far from drawish, so I think they should have played on - with courage and bravery. Fischer and Larsen would never have taken a draw in this position.
Jan-13-15  Reisswolf: Really exciting to see So emerge as a player of the highest potential. Ding Liren is also headed in the right direction. Between them, and Caruana, and Giri, and of course Carlsen, I think chess is in good hands.
Jan-13-15  Ulhumbrus: After 16...Qc7 Black's c4 is weak but unfortunately for White Black can obstruct White's QB by ...c5 so that White can't attack Black's N on b6 by Be3.
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  Fusilli: This was so non-ambitious on the part of Caruana...
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