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Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017), Baden-Baden GER, rd 7, Apr-22
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-22-17  not not: white will keep checking and marching g pawn - black will have to give a piece for a pawn, I think
Apr-22-17  JimNorCal: "Interesting. Aronian spends almost 50 minutes on move 42 which sf says is a blunder."

Sigh. I looked at the position and decided that I would play Qa5 if I had to play. Instant feedback!

Apr-22-17  not not: just push g pawn, man - onwards, christian soldiers!
Apr-22-17  devere: This is Fab's "never resign!" game. He was lost from move 23 until move 42, and now he may have the advantage. According to Stockfish a winning line for Black was to bring back the knight for defense with 42...Qe1 43.Qh3+ Qe6 44.Rd8+ Kxd8 45.Qxe6 Rh7+ 46.Kg3 Nd5+ 47.f3 Rg7+ 48.Kh4 Ne7

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It was very hard to see even with an hour to think about it.

Apr-22-17  Marmot PFL: Typical long thinks by Caruana. he seems to over-analyze and often tires himself out.
Apr-22-17  GreenLantern: <JimNorCal: Sigh. I looked at the position and decided that I would play Qa5 if I had to play. Instant feedback!>

Cheer up. You play like Aronian.

Apr-22-17  not not: these games here not that great - u watch Fischer games and u wonder where his opponents went wrong; same with Alekhine-Capa or Karpov's grinding games, hard to find a blunder... but these games are just sad - u r rook and knight up and u fight for a draw?
Apr-22-17  Marmot PFL: Completely drawn now.
Apr-22-17  JimNorCal: Thanks Green Lantern, LOL.
More accurately, I play like Aronian when he is playing badly. I'm so jealous of the guys who've already claimed handles "WorstPlayerEver" and "moronovich".
Apr-22-17  Marmot PFL: One reason is if Qf6 and g6 than Rxg6+ Qxg6+ Rg7 draws.
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  whiteshark: 7th rank 'blockade' secures the draw

Game Collection: 04_Q:RR

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  saffuna: (Exhale)
Apr-22-17  Marmot PFL: Lucky draw by Caruana after getting a knight trapped on move 22.
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  saffuna: <Lucky draw by Caruana after getting a knight trapped on move 22.>

Lucky, yes. Also tenacious.

Apr-22-17  devere: <not not: u r rook and knight up and u fight for a draw?>

Why not you are rook and knight up and you lose? Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931

That's the beauty of chess. Sometimes it is just mind over matter.

Great fighting chess from Fab, worthy of Lasker. If he manages to squeeze into the 2018 candidates tournament, this will be one of the games that put him there.

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  saffuna: Bobby Fischer: <That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.>

Or sometimes both in one day.

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  ChessHigherCat: Fantastic, I wonder how many people lost their shirts betting on that game halfway through. I bet they were giving odds 20-to-1 in Aronian's favor at some point. I'm a great admirer of Aronian but I always want Caruana to win for some reason.
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  saffuna: "The hardest game to win is a won game."

I swear I've seen that somewhere.

Apr-22-17  belgradegambit: "Lucky draw". I am among those who does not believe there is any luck in chess. I've dropped a piece in won positions but that was not bad luck, just bad play.
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  tamar: I remember seeing the computer suggestion 42...Qe1 and having my brain cloud over, knowing the engine had found someway to walk the King to safety.

Neither Aronian nor Caruana had seen the win, both thinking that 43 Rd8+ would be hard to get out of, but also knowing that 43 Qh3+ was another path.

"I spent 50 minutes here and didn't see this" Aronian said, almost disbelieving himself.

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  beatgiant: <belgradegambit> <I've dropped a piece in won positions but that was not bad luck> Not bad luck for you, but what was it for your opponents? Good gift-receiving?
Apr-22-17  Marmot PFL: Aronian had already won first place and was playing quickly so he missed easier wins. He could have avoided the complicated line where both sides promote.
Apr-23-17  blackdranzer: <not not > A classic example of nostalgia, rating players of the past higher than today's....

The game was very complicated..

Apr-26-17  not not: Aronian was piece up and what did he do? He went pawn haunting on queenside, so Caru can activate both rooks and get counterplay and draw.

Caru gave piece for nothing, Aronian went pawn haunting instead of converting. The game of century.

May-14-17  Imran Iskandar: Never give up, never surrender!
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