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Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-04-15  Absentee: I like White much better here - plenty of space, a good bishop, strong control of the centre and the queenside - but I won't presume to be able to evaluate more accurately than an engine.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: <Check it Out> -- < isn't 22...Nfxd5 a shot here?> Oops, yes, of course you're right. I'd played Nh2 instead of Na2. Ouch.
Dec-04-15  Marmot PFL: If white tries too hard he is risking time trouble, as it looks like a game that black should hold.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: White can win a pawn, at least temporarily - but Black seems to have some compensation.
Dec-04-15
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  plang: White could transfer the knight to d5 and have the better minor piece
Dec-04-15
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  beenthere240: e1 c2 e3 d5? Whew. That's traveling!
Dec-04-15  Marmot PFL: Nd2-f1-e3-d5 is about all I can see here for white but he also has to guard e4.
Dec-04-15
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  beenthere240: I don't think that knight maneuver works right now unless you play f3 at some point and of course before that you have to play Kh1....
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Meanwhile Black has ways to break: either ...b4 or ...f5 may be playable, perhaps after ...Rbc8.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Aha, 30...b4: Black didn't bother with preliminaries.
Dec-04-15  Shams: Grischuk looks to be going down in flames. He pressed too hard against Nakamura's Berlin Wall.
Dec-04-15  Absentee: <Domdaniel: Aha, 30...b4: Black didn't bother with preliminaries.>

So much for Aronian being a real gentleman.

Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: <Absentee> Well, yes... even a gentleman has to risk being ungentlemanly sometimes.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: This must be almost equal, though I'm not fond of Black's Bishop.
Dec-04-15
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  offramp: If white does win this it'll show that there is a quantum theory in chess.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: <offramp> -- < a quantum theory in chess.> A Heisenbergian uncertainty? So if you know the value of a Bishop you cannot tell the value of a Knight?
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: This must be a draw, though they could play on for quite a while...
Dec-04-15
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  plang: 41 Ne3 does apply some pressure
Dec-04-15
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  plang: the queen ending would be dead
Dec-04-15  Marmot PFL: Giri starts with a crushing win. I thought all the games would draw but odds say someone usually blunders.
Dec-04-15  Marmot PFL: Queen endings can be very complicated especially if someone is low on time (not so here).
Dec-04-15
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  plang: so can pawn endings
Dec-04-15
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  norami: Literally impossible for either side to win.
Dec-05-15  Ulhumbrus: 9 a3 clears the a2 square but at a price, that of moving a pawn in the opening.

10...Be6 seems inconsistent in one way: having freed his c pawn to advance by 9...Na5 placing his knight on the rim he does not now advance it by 10...c5 or even by 10...c6

One justification for 12...exd4 is that White has not supported his d4 pawn with a c3 pawn and on 13 Nxd4 his centre may become a target instead of a weapon

13 d5! places the pawn on a white square after Black has exchanged white squared bishops. However Black may be able to reduce White's advantage by playing ...c6

After 13...Nb8 White's worst placed piece appears to be his QR. This suggests 14 Ra1 getting ready for the manoeuvre Ra1-c1 followed by the thrust c2-c4

After 37 ...Bd8 White has accomplished nothing on the king side and may have no advantage left. Perhaps Caruana lost his advantage by neglecting to prepare a queenside attack with the thrust c4 after having played d5.

Dec-05-15  Howard: After 51.f6, suppose one player had, say, one minute left on his clock while the other had five minutes? Could the latter have insisted that they keep playing?

My assumption would be "no". Don't the rules say that if no mating material exists on the board, then it's a draw? Granted there is "mating material" in the final position, but it is 101% useless.

So, what do the rules say ?

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