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Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Mar-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-17-16  Atking: <Ulhumbrus: One idea is 33 Qxf7 Rg8+ 34 Qg7+ Rxg7 35 fxg7+ Kg8 36 Bd1 blockading the d2 pawn> clever.
Mar-17-16  Ulhumbrus: <BOSTER: Kh2. Maybe is the best.> This may be a brilliant idea. On 33 Kh2 Bxf3 34 Qxf7 the bishop covers no longer the h7 pawn and on 33 Kh2 Rg8 White's queen is available for 34 Qxe4. This suggests that 33 Qxf7 does make a concession: it relinquishes the white queen's attack on the bishop
Mar-17-16  boz: Fascinating position.
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  WannaBe: Gotta love these uneven position in a game of chess.
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  mike1: Qc7 keeps it up
Mar-17-16  scormus: Just got in and looked in. Yes, fscinating position, amazing tricky for so little wood left on the board
Mar-17-16  caifan461: The plan with g5 was wrong
Mar-17-16  ossipossi: Pleeease, this is far too bad(I should have said on 30th move), but now is sad to see WQ vanish.
Mar-17-16  cow: white looks in deep trouble to me
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  chancho: Drawn.
Mar-17-16  cow: or not apparently
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  plang: Very nice game
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  Penguincw: Caruana-Karjakin, 1/2-1/2 in 36 moves.

Looking at the remaining 2 games, Aronian-Nakamura looks most interesting.

Mar-17-16  boz: Thrilling draw.
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  Willber G: It was. Very accurate play by both players at the end.
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  Pedro Fernandez: The more horrifying game ever played by Caruana. 30.g5?? C'mon!
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  AylerKupp: <moronovich>, <JustAFish> Yes, I like the site. GM Jose Cuenca is very excitable and that might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he's honest. At one point during this game he simply said "I have no idea what's going on" or words to that effect. And GM Anna Rudolf can be a little bit grating.

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  morfishine: <Pedro Fernandez> Hello my dear friend, perhaps "most horrifying game" is a bit strong, this was a barn-burner for sure
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Was he in the adult film business?

Mar-18-16  activechess55: a. Was 26.Bf6 necessary from Caruana. With pawns on same wing, it looks very difficult win anyway. But couldn't he try better with bishop pair still intact. b. Karyakin's knight sacrifice, thereafter, looks impressive idea. well played.
Mar-29-16  Troller: Obviously the second game in the tournament between these two runs away with the attention, but for me this is one of the most remarkable games of the Candidates.

Caruana comes heavily armed with prep against Karjakin's pet QID and puts Black into unknown territory, gaining a lot of time meanwhile. Instead of continuing "fluid" play where many options are possible (and Caruana may know some tricks along the way), Karjakin decides that he needs to go for forcing lines into a position he believes he can play. As it happens, this possibility involves queen sacrifice and very deep calculation; it is clear that Black puts his hopes on a fortress-like position, where he was even prepared to give away some pawns in exchange for stabilizing.

White manages to maintain uncomfortable pressure through the complications and wrecks the Black pawn structure on the kingside. He continues with 28.Qc3, threatening the deadly 29.g5, and at this point Black takes another risky decision. I think he was always prepared to part with the d-pawn as well, and now there was the chance to force further exchanges.

30.g5 has been much criticized, mainly because the SF engine on Chessbomb gives it a red colour, indicating a blunder. But it is clear that White considered the natural alternatives (30.Bf3 is the move most people would play in blitz) and that he decided the resulting position was a fortress. If Caruana had played into such a line, made 15 or so more moves and conceded the draw, most likely he would have been criticized for <not> playing 30.g5, as this at least offered practical chances. I think 30.g5 is a well-considered winning attempt and as such it demands a lot of respect.

As it happens, Black finds the correct defence; suddenly the position is a clearly drawn equal endgame and it is over. But what a battle this was!

May-07-16  thegadfly: 28...d4 is such an amazing move. I wonder how far he saw? All this after saccing the queen too. Great game.
Aug-26-16  Alexandro: What a fantastic draw!
Feb-24-19  rcs784: I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm curious why White can't try to win a pawn with 27. Bxd5 Rxd5 28. Qxc4. Does White get checkmated somehow by Black's rooks and bishop from weakening the light squares around his king too much?
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  beatgiant: <rcs784>
After 27. Bxd5 Rxd5 28. Qxc4 Re1+ 29. Kh2 Rd2, you're right that Black can harass White's kingside, but I don't see White getting checkmated. It looks drawish to me.
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