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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Fabiano Caruana
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 5, Feb-07
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: This just in: Aronian has defeated Anand in 34 moves.
Feb-07-15  cornflake: I always prefer the 2 bishops in positions like this. It's just easier for white to manuever around and make threats.
Feb-07-15  cornflake: caruana obviously wants to trade off the dark square bishops perhaps?
Feb-07-15  Marmot PFL: Anand must really be discouraged to resign with so many pieces left and only one pawn behind.
Feb-07-15
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  cro777: With 32...Ne8 Caruana was preparing ...c5.
Feb-07-15
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  Gypsy: <Marmot PFL: Anand must really be discouraged to resign with so many pieces left and only one pawn behind.>

No answer for the connected passed pawns of White.

Feb-07-15
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  thegoodanarchist: Why didn't Naiditsch play 31.Bxc6 with a pawn advantage?
Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: < thegoodanarchist: Why didn't Naiditsch play 31.Bxc6 with a pawn advantage? >

Because of 31...Nf5 32.Bxb5 Nxd4 33.cxd4 Bxb4 (or something like that) and although white is still up a pawn, it's OCB, which should be a draw.

Feb-07-15  Marmot PFL: Aronian - this looks very exciting.
Feb-07-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Penguincw: < thegoodanarchist: Why didn't Naiditsch play 31.Bxc6 with a pawn advantage? >

Because of 31...Ng5(Nf5) 32.Bxb5 Nxd4 33.cxd4 Bxb4 (or something like that) and although white is still up a pawn, it's OCB, which should be a draw.>

Ok, but I thought with rooks still on it had winning chances. Probably Naiditsch knows better than I do.

Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: A fairly quiet position, but both players are under time pressure (somewhat). The increments should allow them to reach time control "safely" (assuming it gets there).
Feb-07-15  Marmot PFL: Had Carlsen >50 moves, so naturally black resigns on move 49.
Feb-07-15
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  chancho: <Marmot PFL> Isn't that the way....
Feb-07-15
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  Gypsy: Still not easy for Black, but should hold. (IMKO)
Feb-07-15
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  cro777: Caruana's 37...Bf6! was the right move. The rook endgame is a draw.


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Aronian: "Iím proud being a grandmaster, but some people get the title by faking it, by buying the title. That's the problem"

Feb-07-15
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  cro777: Black can play ...Re6 followed by ...f5 and place the king on f6.
Feb-07-15  suenteus po 147: Is Naiditsch just being too optimistic to play on here, or is this a Carlsen-like resolve to convert the endgame?
Feb-07-15
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  keypusher: Suenteus po -- in discussing his own loss to Naiditsch, Carlsen praised Naiditsch's persistence -- even after most of his advantage was gone, he kept pushing.

Really hard to see how he can accomplish anything here though.

Feb-07-15
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  watwinc: If Black plays Kf6, doesnít White just play Rh8, with Kg6 followed by Rg8+ and Rg6?
Feb-07-15
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  Gypsy: White has a mild pressure, nothing more. Probability of Black blowing this endgame is nill.
Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: Wow. I leave to get a haircut, and come back to see this game still on after 5.5+ hours. Good to see the fighting spirit!

FWIW: I rather see a game played to the point of nothingness than a short decisive game (assuming I have no bets or whatever).

Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: Alright, so they are now fewer than 11 pieces/pawns (excluding kings) on the board. Time to have a look at the Endgame stats:

Endgame Explorer: RPPPP vs RPPPP

Probability of drawn game: 58.4%
Probability of decisive game: 41.6%

However, position matters.

Feb-07-15
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  Penguincw: And this game is drawn. Great effort by both sides.

This draw allows Naiditsch to tie with Carlsen after he won today, while Caruana remains a half point back. The Adams-Bacrot game is still outstanding.

Tomorrow's matchups:

Anand - Baramidze
Caruana - Carlsen
Bacrot - Naiditsch
Aronian - Adams

Feb-07-15  Mr. V: <Wow. I leave to get a haircut, and come back to see this game still on after 5.5+ hours. Good to see the fighting spirit!>

Jeez, even I don't have that much hair! Only shoulder-length. LOL. Spectacular game. I'm glad Naiditsch is in this tournament.

Feb-07-15
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  chancho: <Penguincw> I noticed that Bacrot has a plus in head to head match ups with Naiditsch.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

But his last classical win was in 2005, so the stat could be very misleading.

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