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Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: Looks very passive for black
Jan-16-18  spingo: As usual, Caruana is beating his compatriot So like a Cherokee drum.
Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: As my old teacher used to say When there is one open file it has to be worth something.
Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: A player's move(s) sometimes have a way of telling us how they view their own position. With 33...d4, So is telling us he's safe enough to push pawns :)
Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: Looks easier for black with queens off. Caruana short of time (as usual) decides to simplify.
Jan-16-18  spingo: Why Cherokee drum fall silent?
Jan-16-18  weisyschwarz: The bullet So dodged struck Hou.
Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: No matter what White wants to do most, he must now focus his attention on Black's ...d2. This could be what decides things, so keep your hand on your wallet!
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  trulssk: Caruana has the stunning move 41. Rd1!!
Jan-16-18  BOSTER: Rd1? Nc3+
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  trulssk: Play further!
Jan-16-18  belgradegambit: Black is winning.
Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: The pose is complicated. Material isn't the focus as much as the juggler gland is. White would like to play f6, but there's one problem, it's Black's move!
Jan-16-18  ChessHigherCat: White would like to play fxg3+ Kg2 Rff7+ Kh8 Rh7# but it's black's move
Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: Black has to be careful not to be mated after 44 f6
Jan-16-18  BOSTER: Black rooks are very active.
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  watwinc: 44 f6 looks tricky
Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: 46. ...Re3 and Black is the exchange up
Jan-16-18  BOSTER: Because of the Re8+ and Rh8# , black's play careful.
Jan-16-18  chessdgc2: Yes, ...Re3 could be met by Be5 and Black may have to return the exchange. Bottom line: Draw?
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  offramp: A superb, fighting, exciting draw. Well played!
Jan-16-18  ewan14: Seconded ( that emotion )
Jan-16-18  john barleycorn: To God be the glory and many thanks to Caruana who generously donated a draw to those in need.
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  WannaBe: Caruana was suffering from jet lag. =))
Jan-16-18  john barleycorn: yeah, jetlag, bio rhythm, underdose of omega 3 etc. pp. stopped Caruana from nailing the <messiah> on the board. Though I did not expect the two guys to go out for chess adventures. Luckily for the spectators that they did.
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