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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
Champions Showdown (Rapid) (2016) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Nov-13
Italian Game: Bird's Attack (C53)  ·  0-1

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Dec-06-16  Grbasowski: 21. ...Bxh2?!?
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  Gilmoy: Eh, <20.Bc5> is hanging on the Qc7+ fork, so it's a free pawn.

Earlier, <17.Bb3> looks a tad passive (or distracted), ceding initiative to Black. Nakamura promptly blows the center open, and somehow his Nf6 is superior to the LSB. Caruana gets no counterplay at all for his pawn, so he must have just missed a two-move combo.

<17..d5> is a clever way of defusing White's <8.b5> thrust: Black's c-pawn captures away from tension, and suddenly White's salient is drained of life, with no breakthrough threat. The mopping-up is so-primitive-it's-elegant brutal: Black penetrates with a vacuum cleaner, and White curiously remains a bystander throughout. Not Caruana's sharpest rapid.

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