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Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Den Haag NED, rd 10, Jan-21
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-21-15  Doniez: Lucky Fab today, Jobava blundered at move 51 and gave this game away, he could easily hold.
Jan-21-15  MindCtrol9: I think Jobava has to work a lot to get better concerning about positional play.I am not a .GM, but I see many mistakes in the way he plays.Not. everyone is like Tal who could attack and defend his position.I hope he gets better.
Jan-21-15  MindCtrol9: In a game like this one where the position is full of different plans, Jovaba just went completely wrong.I like positions like Jovaba had to be honest.
Jan-21-15  utssb: It's hard to justify Jobava's choice of openings sometimes.
Jan-21-15  Marmot PFL: On move 51 white has four king moves but three of them lose, so the odds were against him.
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  Sally Simpson: A great game of chess with tactics and tricks all over the place.

Jobava was a double exchange down and going for the brilliancy prize. Some clever play by Fab turned the attacker into a defender. Sometimes you just cannot adjust when that happens.

Jan-21-15  MindCtrol9: Move 18.Ne4 is not bad if the plan is to obstruct the black light square Bishop if there is an exchange.The plan19.Qc1 I didn't like due to the white Queen can not capture on b2 without losing a piece(the Bishop on b7 is not protected).After this, I think Jobava had to retrieve the Bishop to g3 and advance the f pawn and to take advantage of the h file, but not to go crazy like he did.What I say is what I see reviewing the game without programs I don't have and it is just my opinion.
Jan-21-15  MindCtrol9: Black Queen(crazy cell phone, I think this phone is bipolar) can not capture on b2 unless there is something hidden.
Jan-21-15  Thorsson: Fabi made an error on move 45 I think, which allowed Jobava back into the game - the immediate 45...Rxf6 was better, so that there was no skewer with Bh4. How often do we see one blunder repaid by another?

Anyway, Fabi was better for most of the game, so probably deserved the win.

Jan-21-15  nummerzwei: With all due respect, but Jobava's opening here was exactly that of a courageous six-year-old.

He then found himself outplayed strategically, decided to take the bull by the horns and sacrificed two exchanges to muddy the waters.

In fact, I found Black's defensive task afterwards to be pretty straightforward. Such moves as 42...Nd2, 43...c3, 44...Rd6 would also easily have been my choices.

The computer even suggests that earlier on Black could have ended the first player's resistance with 36...Bxc3. Now that certainly isn't the first move that comes to mind! However, on reflection, in the game too Black has to allow the exchange of his dark-squared bishop and tolerate a White knight on f6. So it really isn't that absurd to do it immediately and, basically, have the same situation except that White has to spend time on capturing the e-pawn.

Lastly, as far as I can see, there's nothing wrong the simple 46...Rh8, not returning any material for the time being. I can't conclusively state that this wins, but logically speaking it should.

Jan-22-15  utssb: <Thorsson> No, 45...Rbd8 is better. After 45...Rf6 there follows 46.Bd4 Qe4 47.Qe4 Ne4 48.gf6 Kg8. White's best chance to hold on is in that endgame.

Caruana's mistake was playing 46...Rf6 instead of Rh8.

Jan-22-15  Ulhumbrus: 2 Nc3 obstructs the c pawn. It may be that there are a number of ways for Black to go wrong but if so the result of the game suggests that Caruana did not choose one of them.
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  Sally Simpson: You lot are like a bunch of school teachers marking an exam paper.

('cept in this case the pupils know a lot more about the subject than the teacher...a lot more.)

It's not just the lads who have posted on here, it's all over the site.

Can you not just be entertained with the game and the ideas instead of switching on a computer or quoting dogma and looking for faults.

Jobava's tournament plan seems to be to get the players out of their stale opening rep and take them on tactically. (Hence the 6 year old openings...good grief.)

There is nothing wrong with 2.Nc3 One idea is to get a Chigorin reversed. It threatens 2.e4 and avoids Caruana's Grunfeld or Nimzo Indian.

He even side-stepped one his wins with this line possibly fearing prep from Caruana.


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In this game he played 5.Ne2.


Jobava vs O Korneev, 2014

He won with the more natural looking 5.Bd3 (By the way the blocked c-pawn in that game became unblocked and was intrumental in creating a passed pawn.)

What do you want? 22 moves of opening theory and a draw? 22 moves that match up perfectly with your computer and all is right with world.

Some of the people on here don't even look at the game. They look at the result, look at the grade and work out how points the player has won or lost.

In this game the idea of the double exchange sac to plonk a Knight on f6 (moves 36-41).

Wonderful. If it had worked some would have been calling him the next Petosian. Praise by result. Others would have informed us down to the very last digit how many GP's Caruana had just lost.

It's the Jobava's of this world that keep Chess alive.


Jan-22-15  utssb: <Sally Simpson> <If it had worked some would have been calling him the next Petosian>

Nobody would have said that. And the difference between something working or failing is pretty big.

People are criticizing him for playing a weak opening and making some big mistakes. I don't know why you find that strange or bothersome.

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  keypusher: Lasker pretty much played the same opening as Jobava, but his opponent did not react as well.

Lasker vs Chigorin, 1896

Jan-22-15  team kids can win: <Caruana's mistake was playing 46...Rf6 instead of Rh8.>

Checking with an engine, it seems that White can "force a perpetual" because of that inaccuracy, though it's asking a lot to expect a human OTB player to see that all the way through because the lines are not forcing.

<47. Qh6+ Kg8 48. gxf6 Qxf6 49. Bh4 Qd4 50.Bxd8 Qxd8 51.f5 (or Be6)>

<50...Qxe4+ 51.Kf2 Qd4+ 52. Ke2 Qxd8 53.Be6> and several different drawing continuations are still possible.

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