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Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Mar-23
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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Mar-23-16  SetNoEscapeOn: 22. f6! very strong move, showing that Fabiano was completely in tune with the position. Besides the threats to the king, psychologically it's uncomfortable to have such a visitor in your house. Might be the moment he won the game.
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  kdogphs: A favorite White opening of mine. I love the English in general! This was a great game, very instinctive moves by Caruana.
Giri's next opponent is Hikaru! He has MORE WINS than Giri does now! Giri I may add has not WON A Single Game! As to Anand.... I would be surprised if he finishes better than he is now! I expected him to lose! He will probably win an event here or there, but is well on the downside of his career. Nothing wrong with that as it is expected as humans age! LONG LIVE MAGNUS! Who also as CHAMP has good and bad events! This particular event seems like it could go down to the very LAST ROUND! With 4 Rounds left... it is "Mathematically" possible for TOPALOV to still WIN! HOT STREAKS COME AND GO? C'mon there VESELIN get on a STREAK! Is everybody else CHEATING? Then there is the 2 hour delay...Is that FIDE saying that everyone is cheating????
Mar-23-16  SandyJames: I was watching the game and reading comments here. It was so exciting when sally simpson said - whack h6! I wanted to preserve that moment.

Mar-24-16  dynamica: After move 6.O-O better 6........Re8

Kingside Flanchetto A-29.
English Opening Four Knight:
1.e4 e5
2.Nc3 Nc6
3.Nf3 Nf6

Mar-24-16  Moszkowski012273: Yeah 15...Nd6 was way to passive.
Mar-24-16  1971: As soon as they said Qc2 was a near novelty I knew Caruana would win. Especially in this position where Black has to solve concrete problems right away.

As Carlsen (and Karjakin earlier in the tournament) showed, getting Vishy out of prep early dramatically improves your chances of winning. Bxh6 sac was a totally confident, dominant decision. Not to get too dramatic but before the game I was wondering if Caruana had it in him to ascend and seize the moment. And he did, in great style. His confidence must be very high right now.

Mar-24-16  shameer832: Anand lost in a crucial moment and there is only few rounds remaining lets see what will expirienced anand will do!!!
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  Richard Taylor: That's a great game by Caruana! The kind of play that might topple Carlsen...
Mar-24-16  Ulhumbrus: If the move ...Ne4 was not the best but at least reasonable at moves 13 but much more greatly mistaken at 22 this suggests that Anand found over the board at least a part of at least a reasonable answer to the innovation 12 Qc2 - an innovation which Caruana said was very tough to answer over the board - but not all of it. If 13..Ne4 was not the best it was at least reasonable and it was one of the moves which followed it - 22...Ne4 instead of 22...Rad8- which was the main mistake.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Mar-24-16  scholes: If Anand had persisted Carauna would have found a way to equalize
Mar-24-16  CowChewCud: I have noticed that when a player desperately needs a win with White against Anand, they'll open with 1. c4. Anand can't seem to handle playing against this move out of the blue against the strongest of players. He usually ends up losing.

It has happened to him against Kramnik, Aronian, a few others I can't remember and now, Caruana.

His position collapsed so quickly. As a positional opening, this should have been a long drawn out game.

I also noticed that usually after such losses, Anand comes bouncing back with a win as he did today. :)

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Sandy,


I was screaming for that sac a long time before computers and anyone thought of it. (Only me, Fabs and his seconds saw it).

Sometimes I get one right at this level. The ratio is about 20-1.

If I keep shouting out random sacs I'm bound to get one right, though here, I knew it was a move....why did Fabs take so long?

But 99% of the time at this level I'm wrong or simply not interested anymore.

(read that last bit about not being interested as I do not have Scooby what is going on.)

Scooby = Scooby Doo (a clue) cockney rhyming slang.

Mar-26-16  SandyJames: @ sally simpson, congrats!! you saw that sac well in advance!! It was so exciting!!

I've just joined this site. I'm just a 1500 player - sometimes I go up to 1700 and then back down again to 1500.

I enjoy reading your posts and they are insightful. Thank you!

Apr-30-16  yadasampati: My GOTD link displays "Mikhail Tal vs Grave" and the pun corresponds to that, but the actual game i see here is "Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand" ... It does not make sense to me
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  piltdown man: Where's Tal?
Apr-30-16  yadasampati: <piltdown man> In his grave ...
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  Phony Benoni: I've put a note on the <> forum page. In the meantime, here's the link to the other game: Tal vs Grave, 1965
Apr-30-16  ferri1234: Thank you Phony
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  wtpy: "Tommorow will be grave matter." Mercutio's final pun in Romeo and Juliet.
Apr-30-16  Isilimela: This is ground control to Major Tom. Do you copy over? As "yadasampati" notes above the heading and players for this game are totally wrong. A 'grave' error perhaps ?!
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  offramp: <thegoodanarchist: <offramp: Is this game starting in 2 hours or 26 hours?> Every time I look at your avatar I think of the chessgames store logo (fit for a king!)>

Good one! The very observant among you will have noticed that the image in my avatar has been reflected. Mr Albert Pike used to look OUT of the page and he now looks in.

When I requested it, such a seemingly minor change seemed pointless to Daniel Freeman who asked why I wanted it.

I emailed back: <Offramp turn Pike.>

Is <that> a good one?

Jul-27-16  zanzibar: We all get off at each and every <offramp>...

well, almost every one!

Jul-03-19  BxChess: An aura -Caruana
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