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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 9, Sep-11
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  HeMateMe: shank might be winning on board 4. The other two games are balanced.
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  keypusher: I think this game is going to fizzle.
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  HeMateMe: I like white's Bishops on this open board.
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  HeMateMe: komono Dragon says Shank is +5!!
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  benveniste: 1/2-1/2
Sep-11-16  BOSTER: White wants to open green light for c5-c8.
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  offramp: A draw but an interesting one. I can understand both players being happy with the result.
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  keypusher: Nice game. I think Shankland has won, Nakamura has a big advantage and So is better.
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  HeMateMe: I don't understand the Shankland game. He's up two pawns, heavy plus on all of he engines, but the game is drawn?
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  keypusher: Please CG may we have another? I vote for Hammer-Nakamura, but you had better hurry.
Sep-11-16  Ulhumbrus: <watwinc: <Ulhumbrus> Can you think of a reasonable way white could take the pa6 without giving up the bishop pair?> I am not sure that White would need to regain the pawn. If White could place Black under pressure how would Black make his pawn count?
Sep-11-16  Ulhumbrus: Is there any need to play 23 Ra3? 23 Rxa6 regains the pawn whilst keeping the bishops
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  Gypsy: <HeMateMe: I don't understand the Shankland game. He's up two pawns, heavy plus on all of he engines, but the game is drawn?>

I am with you: Perhaps an error in transmission? White position is completely ruined.

Sep-11-16  GreenLantern: Shankland won. Transmission glitch.
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  keypusher: 23.Rxa6 Nd4 24.Bd3 Nb3 and ....Nxc5.
Sep-11-16  patzer2: Nakamura and Shankland won their games. USA wins 3 to 1 over Norway.
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  whiteshark: Fabiano analyses his game (with Alexandro) afterwards: Enjoy!
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  whiteshark: click click ...
jump here jump there...


Sep-11-16  znsprdx: I thought the rules here stated no draw before the 30th move
Sep-11-16  ajile: White did nothing to make Black suffer for his exposed queen. The result is a rather easy draw for Carlsen. Instead White could try a Bf4 line for example:

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White should do everything possible to make Black lose more tempos moving his queen IMO.

Sep-11-16  beenthere240: It's a draw by repetition, not agreement.
Sep-12-16  Bobby Fiske: "The world champ played yet another surprising first move: 1...d5. After the game he told that it was "partly a joke" to play the Scandinavian against this opponent, whom he had beaten with the same opening two years ago at the Tromsų Olympiad.

As it turned out, he had played 1.e4 d5 only one more time in his life, in a blitz game in Stavanger in 2015. Again, that was versus Caruana. However, that was kind of a coincidence. Neither player remembered that game!

Speaking of remembering, Caruana said that he hardly remembered the theory, and Carlsen's novelty 8...Nd5 was over-the-board inspiration as well." []

Sep-12-16  Chizoad: I've played this opening as black for a while now (I have the Melts book, it's dense). I find it works great in blitz games because while you're losing all those tempos moving your queen around you really have lots of automatic and fast plays while your opponent needs to watch out for tricks. Like an old school tabiya almost. However, equalization is about the best you can hope for barring big mistakes by your opponent.

I do love that I'm seeing a bizarre semi-joke opening from the WC against a player of the same strength in Caruana.

Sep-12-16  Bhoopnath: carlsen likes to play on kingside against caruana.
Nov-04-16  RookFile: I like the Qd6 idea, more with e6 setups than g6. If black can get the c8 bishop out too, he basically has a better version of the Caro-Kann. Better because first of all he doesn't have to worry about the e5 advance variation. Also, the queen on d6 rules out Nxe6 sacs so common in the normal Caro.
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