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Veselin Topalov vs Fabiano Caruana
Sinquefield Cup (2015), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Aug-27
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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Aug-27-15  MindCtrol9: Topalov screwed this game up.Caruana should have his 1st victory.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Keep an eye out for the dancing rook to make an appearance. Black's queenside pawns are advancing, and white can't stop them.
Aug-27-15  ajile: This is over..
Aug-27-15  haydn20: 49 Be2 surely offered better chances.
Aug-27-15  caissafan1963: Agreed
Aug-27-15  chessdgc2: MindCtrol9/ 45. was Bf4 ok it's Black's move and 45...Rxe7 and 46. Be5, is this what you meant?...if it is, it does make things a bit obscure, but here too, Black should win
Aug-27-15  haydn20: So's c-Pawn falls and so does So.
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  whiteshark: and so the streak started again...
Aug-27-15  haydn20: I'm surprised MC did not play 46 Qxc3 instead of Qxb6. Queens off makes Black task easier in this case. Comp agrees, going from 3.0 to 1.6. But maybe that 1.6 is actually a clear 1-0 to Magnus.
Aug-27-15  chesssantosh: <cg>perhaps switch to carlsen-so? Entertaining stuffs over there.
Aug-27-15  MarkFinan: <SirRuthless: Some players are just bad matchups. This is one of them>

You're a bit simple, Ruthy. Didn't you see how he got on in the last tournament!

Aug-27-15  MindCtrol9: <chessdgc2>He was in a bad bad position where I could not see anything good for White.I do think it was much better to exchange the pawn on f6 instead of advancing it.The endgame was really different where Topalov had 3 pawns vs 2 on the KS and the QS was ok with the exception of of one pawn.I think Topalov tried to win on time and screwed the game up.The sacrifice had to be very well thought.Ng2 without being afraid for some time lost to obtain better squares.I thought that Topalov was going to dominate the <e-line> and going to a very different endgame.Im not a GM, but I play the endgame no bad.
Aug-27-15  morfishine: <ajile> Yikes, sorry, I popped in for only 30-40 seconds and overlooked that Top was down a rook, my bad, of course White is lost :)


Aug-27-15  JohnBoy: Is there some reason why 53...Rxb5 is preferable to 53...cb5? On general principles, I'd rather have the pair of connected passers.
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  HeMateMe: I enjoyed Caruana's Knight play, holding the tension till the time was right to move the kingside pawns. Very patient.
Aug-28-15  kamagong24: topalov losing to a Berlin is unimaginable
Aug-28-15  ajile: <kamagong24: topalov losing to a Berlin is unimaginable>

More like a closed Ruy Lopez since White is playing d3 and c3. Plus Topalov made some strange extraneous moves that allowed Black to equalize.

Aug-28-15  Imran Iskandar: Caruana fully deserved the win today; he was playing very exact chess and was finding blow after blow to consolidate his position forcing Topalov's resignation.
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Aug-28-15  Marmot PFL: Great defensive game by Caruana. In Topalov's position he could have played more carefully but that isn't his way.
Aug-28-15  denopac: <Is there some reason why 53...Rxb5 is preferable to 53...cb5?>

Yaz and Jen covered this. So that the rook can get back to b7 to grab the h-pawn once it gets to h7 (with the g-pawn on g6). The white king can stop the rook from getting behind the pawn.

Aug-28-15  Ulhumbrus: 25 Qd2 seems inconsistent. Why did Topalov free his f pawn if not to play 25 f4 now?
Aug-28-15  JohnBoy: Gracias, <deno>.
Aug-28-15  1971: Topalov bungled a classic space advantage that should have been converted or at least put Black under pressure.
Mar-12-19  John Abraham: The Berlin can be regarded as a winning weapon in capable hands!
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