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Fabiano Caruana vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2017), London ENG, rd 9, Dec-11
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-17
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  Count Wedgemore: Now after white pushes his e-pawn (e6,..fxe6) he can play his rook down to the 7th with check. This looks great for Caruana.
Dec-11-17
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  Jambow: So Fabiano goes from Irish pawn center, and shouldn't have pressed to winning and tied for first if he closes the deal. Nice fighting spirit rather see someone puch then go fetal on us....
Dec-11-17  Marmot PFL: Even if Fabi wins this he gets only 30 minutes rest before playoff it seems, tough day.
Dec-11-17
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  offramp: 43. Qd8 looks a trifle risky, owing to the queen skeezing down the a1 to h8 diagonal.
Dec-11-17  Sally Simpson: Thought c5 just played into White hands.

I wanted to give up the a-pawn to break up White's Rook and Queen Battery, (also Rook is loose there may be a trick on it later) then c5.

Now White has everything under control very little chance for Black to cloudy the water.

Dec-11-17
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  offramp: Our SF says that 44. Rc8 wins. It can be followed up by e5-e6 at the right time.
Dec-11-17  cocker: Or 44 e6 immediately?
Dec-11-17  ChessHigherCat: ChessHigherCat: e6 fxe6 Rc4 e5!
Dec-11-17
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  offramp: Ay. 44. e6 does look very strong.
Dec-11-17
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  Jambow: <Ulhumbrus: <ChessHigherCat: Caruana reminds me of the story of Hannibal's father who made him swear with his hand over the flames never to make peace with Rome.> If that is why Hannibal ended up defeated it suggests that it can be a mistake to resolve to never make peace with an enemy.>

Of course Hannibal or the other or whats his name? Churchill or Chamberlain? Fabiano started the blood letting and perhgaps he will finish it. Veni Vidi Pace? Nahhh just doesn't work?

Go Fabiano!!!

Dec-11-17
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  Gypsy: <Nice fighting spirit rather see someone puch then go fetal on us....> ???
Dec-11-17  ChessHigherCat: I distinctly remember somebody saying that Caruana -- besides being slow and a mediocre tactician -- lacked the killer instinct/fighting spirit to win. Best prediction since "that dang machine will never get off the ground!"
Dec-11-17
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  watwinc: what does black do after 45 rc7, threatening e6 and rxb7?
Dec-11-17
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  Jambow: Sorry computer is stuttering a bit malware or Russian hackers not sure. Push and than.... editor is on strike too tuff times here.
Dec-11-17  chessdgc2: Just got here...right off the top of my head, 45 e6 looks tempting
Dec-11-17  ChessHigherCat: watwinc: what does black do after 45 rc7, threatening e6 and rxb7?

In that case, he could have played 45...Rd3! (if QxR QxR). This is much better

Dec-11-17
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  Gypsy: <Ulhumbrus: <ChessHigherCat: Caruana reminds me of the story of Hannibal's father who made him swear with his hand over the flames never to make peace with Rome.> If that is why Hannibal ended up defeated it suggests that it can be a mistake to resolve to never make peace with an enemy.>

Well, it was Rome that wowed never to make peace with Carthage. Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus just carried out the military campaigns, both in Iberia (Illipa, against Hannibal's brother Mago Barca) and Africa (Zama, against Hannibal himself). But Rome, as the whole, steadfastly supported the course. In cotrast, Hannibal's support at home was of an on-again/off-again variety; and it led to Carthage's destruction.

Dec-11-17  Ulhumbrus: One nice resource given by the computer is 46 Kg3? Rd3!! discovering the threat of 47...Qg1 mate!
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: Rd3- Qe1
Dec-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <Boster Rd3 Qe1> That's true but then Qc6 hitting the white rook and f3
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: e6 is nice with the pin the black rook.
Dec-11-17
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  offramp: The trouble is, the rook on e8 is too close to the black king. That rook was better on c8.
Dec-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <Ulhumbrus> Good point about the risk of mate in 1 after Kg3. There aren't many pieces left but there's still enough hot spots to keep smoke pouring out of my ears. Also, if e6 f6 there's Re7+ now
Dec-11-17  chessdgc2: BOSTER: Yes, I liked 45. E6, but White chose to move his R on c8 to e8 which is puzzling to me. Oh well, I’m GM’s see more than just ghosts :)
Dec-11-17  BOSTER: e6 -fxe6. White king is too open.This is the problem
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