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Sergey Karjakin vs Fabiano Caruana
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 8, Sep-10
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-10-16
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  perfidious: <morf> What kinda guy <are> you, anyway, letting the facts interfere with the latest spew from that quarter?
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: oh duh. nevermind. it says right here. 30s per move throughout
Sep-10-16
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  perfidious: This position, along with the clock, looks dodgy for Black hereabouts.

Mebbe Ah am wrong--would be the first time evah! (laughs)

Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: < Mebbe Ah am wrong--would be the first time evah! (laughs) >

( snicker )

I'm cheering for Fab, but white is clearly better here.

Sep-10-16  Ulhumbrus: 34 Kh1 removes the king from the g1-a7 diagonal
Sep-10-16  Strongest Force: A Fab loss would spoil everything:(
Sep-10-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: Dunno, Black has nice tactics too. Rc4 followed by Rac8
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: < Strongest Force: A Fab loss would spoil everything:( >

indeed. i don't want to think about that.

< Ulhumbrus: 34 Kh1 removes the king from the g1-a7 diagonal >

yes it does but may be too slow. Carjacker is looking for something sharper. The obvious fxg+ Kg8 may not satisfy him either. I suspect he is looking for other ideas like maybe Qg5 gxf Qx+ with h4 and other things like that. he has enough time to search all possibilities

Sep-10-16  Boomie: OK. I'm here. Now the real commentary begins.

So...this is chess then?

Looking more like a perfect round 1/2s at this point.

Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: well, he took about 15 min to settle for 34.Kh1 . Some of the pressure is off Fab now. will have to run computer analysis later to see if there was anything better. anyone running Komodo?
Sep-10-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: I'm probably totaly wrong but I don't think Kh8>Rg8 was a good plan.
Sep-10-16
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  An Englishman: Good Morning! I hope everyone's enjoying the weekend. Just going to sit back and watch the game because it totally baffles me.
Sep-10-16  BOSTER: White sac the pawn, but h7 and all h file are weak.
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: < An Englishman: Good Morning! I hope everyone's enjoying the weekend. >

good morning! and yes.. chess is the best way to spend it! lol

< Just going to sit back and watch the game because it totally baffles me. >

yes, a bit in spots. i can't help but think maybe they have gone a little off track, but we'll see i guess. as long as Fab doesn't lose it i'll be happy

Sep-10-16
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Looking at the strange 40.g5 with the stranger idea of 41.g6. Probably unsound (it's my idea, after all), but picturesque.
Sep-10-16  Ulhumbrus: 40...Bb5 both attacks a rook and offers to exchange queens. By now Karjakin may have let his winning chances slip.
Sep-10-16  Boomie: ->

Perhaps I spoke too soon. I'm always doing that.

Now it appears that Wesley So What? is winning against Napalm.

Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: Nak has drawn, the Robson game looks very balanced. So is up a pawn in his game, but the position is unbalanced, still up in the air. This is the hot game, here.
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: yea i just went to the official site and it does look like So is winning
Sep-10-16  BOSTER: If queens leave the game the draw on horizon.
Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: It seems like black can exchange the pawn on f6 and double his Rooks on the d file, to block the pawn? With the Queens off the board there is no longer a reason to fear the dark squares on f6 and g7.
Sep-10-16  Boomie: ->

In other news, it looks like the Hungries are eating the China Dolls. Go figger.

Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: hey, So has broken in on the kingside, and stock says it's 4.0!!
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: this looks to be settling down to a draw.
Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: I don't think Karjakin should have swapped queens. It took so many threats out of his position, especially when So looked better on another board. The Russian coach should have told him to play for a win.
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