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David Baramidze vs Fabiano Caruana
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 7, Feb-09
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Caruana tried to the very end to win, but with the draw, drops to #3 on the live ratings.
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  PawnSac: yea only because Grishuk has not played for a couple months. Fab will get #2 back again
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Stockfish says that 71 Nd2 was a mistake and that 71 Nh2 would have drawn, and that 71..Kd5 would have won for black.
Feb-09-15  SirRuthless: With Anand and Aronian tossing up elo points like a drunken prom date tosses up the sponge cake I would not be surprised to see him get it back in Zurich by next week. Of course Giri, So and Nakamura will be hot on his tail. He is a 2800 level player but he is not clearly better than them or Grischuk for that matter. As for this game. Well defended by Baramidze. He deserved the draw, even with the slip in the end which like the Vancura position that Nakamura blew vs Howell, is not so trivial to face over the board.
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  cro777: 71.Nd2 was a mistake.

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Here, Caruana missed a win; he played 71...Kf6?

Instead, after 71...Kd4! 72.Kxe6 the game is theoretically won (Black mates in 22).

Feb-09-15  LRJ: I couldn't believe my eyes when Caruana played 71...Kf6. I thought for sure he would play 71...Kd4 and win the hard fought battle.
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  chancho: <Fabiano Caruana @FabianoCaruana · 6h 6 hours ago Déjà vu... This game brought back unpleasant memories from the same tournament 2 years ago.>
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  Poisonpawns: Ok we have transposed into a Maroczy Bind (prounounced Mar-ot-see)Caruana probably was very tired and missed some winning chances.
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  keypusher: <LRJ: I couldn't believe my eyes when Caruana played 71...Kf6. I thought for sure he would play 71...Kd4 and win the hard fought battle.>

Did you play through the lines after each alternative? They were horrendously complicated and difficult.

Feb-10-15  Marmot PFL: <Caruana probably was very tired and missed some winning chances.>

Exactly, it's 6 hours into the last round after 9 days of chess. Otherwise I don't see Caruana having any trouble solving this 71...Kd4 72 Kxe6 Kd3 73 Nf3 Ke3 74 Ng5 f3 75 Nh3 f2 76 Nxf2 Kxf2 with a simple pawn ending.

I didn't see this either, and would have played 71...Kd5. I think Short even recommended that at first, until he saw that it just lost a tempo. Kf6 he called a big step backwards.

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  cro777: Instead of 71.Nd2? the correct move was 71.Nh2!, which secures a draw.

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The point is that here the knight can control the f3-square and stay away from the black king at the same time (after 71.Nd2 Kd4 the idea of trapping the knight is workable).

71...Kf5 72.Kd6 e5 73.Kd5 e4 74.Kd4 e3 75.Nf3 Kg4 76.Ke4

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with a draw.

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  cro777: Déjà vu ("Already seen")

Fabiano Caruana: "Déjà vu ... This game brought back unpleasant memories from the same tournament 2 years ago."

The final round of the GRENKE Chess Classic 2013 was also enthralling. Anand and Naiditsch blitzed out a rook endgame that might have been drawn but ended in Anand's victory on move 49. That left Caruana needing to beat Fridman, who (like Baramidze this year) had a disappointing tournament, to force a play-off, but he missed his chances in the longest (over seven hours) game of the tournament.

A bishop versus knight endgame arose where Caruana had a pawn up and was the clear favourite.

Daniel Fridman - Fabiano Caruana

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White to play.

The final opportunity came after 65.Ke2

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Here Caruana missed a clear win. The f4-break would have allowed the black king to go for the white pawns on b3 and a4:

65...f4! 66.exf4 Kxd4 67.Kf3 Kc3

Instead, Caruana (who still had almost twenty minutes to think) played 65…Ke4? allowing 66.d5! and there was no longer any way to avoid a draw.

The final standings were: 1. Anand 6.5 2. Caruana 6

D Fridman vs Caruana, 2013

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