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Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Rotterdam NED, rd 5, Jan-15
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  1-0



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  JointheArmy: Don't play the Dutch against Wo, I guess.
Jan-15-15  Reisswolf: Especially when it is for the vain reason of trying to show up the world champion.
Jan-15-15  Pulo y Gata: Showed up, showed off, sawed off.
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  HeMateMe: the wheels just came off, against Wojo. I wonder if black erred in losing the pawns, and the game could have been drawn with more accurate play.
Jan-15-15  kia0708: funny comments here :-)
Jan-15-15  SirRuthless: <reisswolf> Is that what you think happened? I think both Caruana and Carlsen are knuckleheads for playing a system they weren't familiar with but I doubt Caruana played it to show Carlsen "how it's done". Occasionally Caruana will play some off the wall system with black to get his opponents out of book but 14.Be6 was a positional howler. The idea behind it was bad and the move itself was quite ugly. Fabiano usually plays aesthetically pleasing chess but the B behind that pawn phalanx was a positional nightmare and remained that way until the game was out of hand.
Jan-15-15  Sokrates: <HeMateMe:> I have got the same strange feeling that Caruana crumbled his position and pawns away and that this defeat was caused by sort of sloppy play. Be6 is not a new strategical idea in the Leningrad, but obviously it didn't work here, and I agree with <SirRuthless> that it wasn't in Caruana's usual style. All that said, it is a fantastic accomplishment by Wojtaszek to gain victories over both no. 1 and 2 on the rating list. These two guys are not easy to defeat, and he may well be the first to have done it in the same tournament.
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  Penguincw: < JointheArmy: Don't play the Dutch against Wo, I guess. >

Good point. Wojtaszek wins half of his games with white against the Dutch. Not sure if this is a surprise, but none of his games began with 1.b4...

Jan-15-15  Marmot PFL: Pretty unusual to have white against both top rated players, isn't it?
Jan-15-15  TangoJoseph: I like how Radoslav plays :)
Jan-15-15  Strelets: Black's infamous light-squared bishop sat doing nothing on f7 for 26 moves. That was simply too big of a positional indulgence.
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  tamar: Is Radoslaw Wojtaszek the Stan Wawrinka of chess?
Apr-24-21  jerseybob: The move I don't like is 12..d5!? and I suggest two alternatives: 12..Ne6(Stockfish's move) or 12..h6!?

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