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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 10, May-25
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  PawnSac: Fab has 6 min for 5 moves and he's using Nakas time to think, so he's in ok shape
May-25-15  lost in space: Slightly better for white , I guess. Beside the time pressure (5 Minutes versus 51 minutes for 5 moves.
May-25-15  lost in space: <<offramp:> I saw David Copperfield at a bus stop in Detroit.>

Detroit has busses?

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  PawnSac: Naka using a good bit of time here. having a deep think and counting squares. he's being prudent and lookin for the best play rather than try to blitz Fab and ruin his position
May-25-15  MindCtrol9: I don't know what your engines say, but I did not like 32...f5.
May-25-15  Strongest Force: Nak is in trouble but I wish him the best
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  PawnSac: ..Ra3+ doesn't seem best here, as Kb2 Ra6 c4 gives white a little plus in the running game. black has a difficult problem to solve
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  PawnSac: Rb8 hmmm ok so Rf4 then what does black do with the other rook? Ra6?
May-25-15  Karposian: Caruana has little time, but it shouldn't be a problem for him here. The position is not very complicated.
May-25-15  SirRuthless: Apparently Caruana has nothing for Nakamura. Easy draw.
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  PawnSac: wow Fab doubles on the 7th and plays for the draw
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  PawnSac: I guess the pressure was getting the best of him but I think I would have played Rf4 and let the game go a little more and try to squeak out the point.
May-25-15  Strongest Force: Fab's 36th was questionable
May-25-15  Ulhumbrus: One question is whether White could have played with an extra king. Perhaps he had to advance a passed pawn on the queen side in order to do that
May-25-15  SirRuthless: Jakovenko will win today and then must beat Nakamura with black tomorrow. Nakamura only needs a draw. Good luck with that buddy.
May-25-15  MindCtrol9: Endgames are not easy not even for them who are GMs.I think Nakamura had to move the King to g7 and try to activate it in order to have counterpart with his pawns advancing them slowly keeping an eye on Caruana's pawns .To try to beat on time is not a good thing.
May-25-15  lost in space: yes, draw was the logical consequence
May-25-15  MindCtrol9: <StrongestForce> Agree with that <36.Rd1> was a questionable move in my point of view, too.The only thing I could get a conclusion for this move is that Caruana headed fir a draw insstead of trying a little harder.
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  OhioChessFan: <<offramp:> I saw David Copperfield at a bus stop in Detroit.>

<lost: Detroit has busses?>

Probably just an illusion.

May-25-15  Karposian: <36.Rd1 was questionable> I agree with that assessment too. Caruana would have no problems getting to the time control, he was definitely a little better, because of his more active king and a rook on the 7th. He didn't risk anything by playing on a little, so I'm surprised he didn't do it.
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ing analyses the game:
May-25-15  belgradegambit: After 12. Bd4 for along time 12...e5 was standard for Black for many years with a difficult tactical game with theory extending another 15 moves. BxB looks suspect because the Black kingside is then naked. But it is difficult for White to find attacking chances so it generally goes to a slightly inferior endgame for black. If Naka needed a win he would have played 12...e5.
May-25-15  SirRuthless: Stockfish at depth=32 gives 0.34 after black finds 35...Rb8. with the line <36. Rf4 Ra6 37. Kd3 Rd6+ 38. Ke2 Re8+ 39. Kf3 Rd1 40. Kg2 Ree1 41. Rf2 Rb1 42. c3 Kf8 43. Ra2 Re7 44. Rc6 Rb3 45. Kf3 Kf7 46. Raa6 Re4 47. Rab6 Ke7 48. Rb7+>. GM Delchev thought black proved this line of the Sicilian Dragon was a sound drawing weapon for black at the SGM level and the game was of high quality throughout.
May-25-15  Karposian: <SirRuthless> Interesting info. Well, then it seems indeed it would have been difficult for Caruana to make any progress. The information you provided makes Caruana's decision to force the draw quite understandable.
May-25-15  SirRuthless: I think it was. Why risk black pushing the f pawn and creating his own chances? People were a little quick in this room to say black was toast because the pawn endgame looked messy and white's king was better places and his pawns connected but clearly Nakamura had deeply analyzed some of these endgame positions in study and had seen enough counterplay. The computer says ,at shallow depth at least, white is much better but at great depth the evals--->0.00 36.Rf4, and 36.Rb1, both turned out to be ghosts.
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