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Jeffery Xiong vs Fabiano Caruana
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Apr-20
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Sing a sad Xiong for Jeffrey.
Apr-21-18  dehanne: I didn't know Fabi played Benoni. Noice.
Apr-21-18  Ulhumbrus: On 13 Nc4 fxe3 14 Bxd6 ef+ 15 Kf1 the bishop on d6 prevents 15...Ng3 mate. Unfortunately for White this last fact suggests the sacrifice 15...Qxd6! 16 Nxd6 Ng3 mate.

White's difficulties begin to suggest that the pawn advance 12...f4!! is a brilliant answer on Caruana's part to White's choice of the pair of moves Bf4 and e3.

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  thegoodanarchist: Not impressed with White here. Looks like he put in a weak effort to try to complicate the game, then exchanged into an inferior/losing endgame down material.
Apr-28-18  ajile: <dehanne: I didn't know Fabi played Benoni. Noice.>

I see what you did thar.

May-01-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 : d 20

1. -+ (-3.06): 50.Rxc6 Kxc6 51.Ne2+ Kd5 52.Nxd4 exd4+ 53.Kd2 Rf7 54.Ke2 Re7+ 55.Kd2 Re3 56.h4 Rb3 57.Rc2 h5 58.gxh5 gxh5 59.Ke1 Rh3 60.Rc8 Rxh4 61.Kd2 Rh2+ 62.Kd3 Rh3+ 63.Kd2 h4 64.Rd8+ Ke4 65.Re8+ Kf4 66.Rd8 Ke5 67.Re8+ Kf5 68.Rd8 Rh2+ 69.Kc1 h3

2. -+ (-3.54): 50.Ne2 Rd3+ 51.Kf2 Bb5 52.Nc3 Rd2+ 53.Ke1 Rxb2 54.Nxb5 Rxb5 55.Re6 Rb3 56.Ra1 Rxh3 57.Ke2 Rb3 58.Ra4 Rb5 59.Ke3 Rb1 60.Ke2 Rdd1 61.Re7+ Kc6 62.Rxh7 Kb5 63.Ra3 a4 64.Re3 Kb4 65.Re4+ Rd4 66.Rxd4+ exd4

3. -+ (-3.63): 50.Nb1 Bg2 51.Rc3 Rd1 52.Rc2 Bxh3 53.Nd2 Rd4 54.Re6 Bxg4 55.Rxe5 Rd7 56.Nc4 Bf5 57.Rc3 R7d3+ 58.Rxd3 Rxd3+ 59.Ke2 Rd4 60.Ne3 Re4 61.Rd5 Kc6 62.Rd2 g5 63.Rc2+ Kb5 64.Rd2 Be6 65.Kf3 Rf4+ 66.Kg3 h5

4. -+ (-3.90): 50.Kf2 Rd2+ 51.Ke1 Rh2 52.Rd1 Rh1+ 53.Rf1 Rxh3 54.Rxd7+ Bxd7 55.Rf7 Kc6 56.Rf6+ Kc5 57.Ne4+ Kc4 58.Kd2 Rd3+ 59.Kc1 Rd4 60.Nd2+ Kb5 61.b3 Bxg4 62.Nc4 e4 63.Rxb6+ Kc5 64.Ra6 Kb4 65.Ne3 Kb5 66.Ra8 Be6 67.Nc4 a4

5. -+ (-3.90): 50.Ke2 Rd2+ 51.Ke1 Rh2 52.Rd1 Rh1+ 53.Rf1 Rxh3 54.Rxd7+ Bxd7 55.Rf7 Kc6 56.Rf6+ Kc5 57.Ne4+ Kc4 58.Kd2 Rd3+ 59.Kc1 Rd4 60.Nd2+ Kb5 61.b3 Bxg4 62.Nc4 e4 63.Rxb6+ Kc5 64.Ra6 Kb4 65.Ne3 Kb5 66.Ra8 Be6 67.Nc4 a4

May-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 28 dpa done

1. = (0.08): 14.Bxh5 exd2 15.Qe2 Qxe2 16.Bxe2 Re8 17.Bd3 Bf5 18.Bxf5 gxf5 19.Bxd6 Nd7 20.Bf4 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Nf6 22.Bxd2 Nxd5 23.a4 Rad8 24.a5 Rd7 25.Rfd1 Re4 26.f3 Rc4 27.Be1 Kf7 28.Rd3 Ke6 29.Bd2 Kf6 30.Kh2 h5 31.a6 b6 32.g3 h4 33.g4 fxg4

2. = (0.00): 14.Nc4 exf2+ 15.Kh1 Bxh3 16.Bxh5 gxh5 17.gxh3 Bxc3 18.Qd3 Be5 19.Nxe5 dxe5 20.Qg3+ Qg7 21.Qxg7+ Kxg7 22.Bxe5+ Kg6 23.Bd6 Rf5 24.Bxc5 Rxd5 25.Bxf2 Nc6 26.Bh4 Rd6 27.Rg1+ Kh6 28.Bg5+ Kg7 29.Bd2+ Rg6 30.Bc3+ Kh6 31.Bd2+ Kg7 32.Bc3+

3. = (0.00): 14.Nde4 exf2+ <<<15.Rxf2> Rxf2> 16.Nxf2> Nf6 17.Qd2 Nbd7 18.Re1 Qf8 19.Bd3 a6 20.Rf1 Qe7 21.Re1 Qf8 22.Rf1

May-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

1. = (0.05): 13.e4 Nd7 14.0-0 Ne5 15.a4 Qg5 16.Bxh5 gxh5 17.Kh1 Bd7 18.Rg1 Rac8 19.Qe2 a6 20.a5 h4 21.Qf1 c4 22.Nf3 Qh5 23.Nxe5 Bxe5 24.Qe1 Qg6 25.Qe2 Rf7 26.Qf3 Re8 27.Rae1 Kg7

2. = (0.00): 13.Bxh5 fxe3 14.fxe3 Qh4+ 15.g3 Qxh5 16.Qxh5 gxh5 17.g4 hxg4 18.hxg4 Bxg4 19.Bxd6 Rf7 20.Nde4 Nd7 21.Kd2 h5 22.Rag1 Re8 23.Bf4 Ne5 24.Kc2 Nf3 25.Nd6 Nxg1 26.Nxe8 Nh3 27.Nxg7 Nxf4 28.Ne8 Ng2 29.e4 Ne3+ 30.Kb3 Rf2 31.Nd6 Kf8 32.Nxb7 c4+ 33.Ka3 Bd7 34.b3 Nc2+ 35.Kb2 Nd4+ 36.Kb1 cxb3 37.Rxh5 Rf1+ 38.Kb2 Rf2+ 39.Ka3 bxa2 40.Nxa2 Nc2+ 41.Kb3 Na1+ 42.Ka3

May-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

1. + / = (0.31): 10.Rc1 a6 11.a4 Nfd7 12.Nd2 Ne5 13.a5 Nbd7 14.Be2 Rb8 15.0-0 f5 16.Qc2 b5 17.axb6 Rxb6 18.Ra1 Bb7 19.b3 Qf6 20.Rfc1 Re8 21.Ra5 Qf7 22.Nc4 Nxc4 23.bxc4 Rb8 24.Rca1

2. + / = (0.29): 10.Bd3 a6 11.a4 Nfd7 12.0-0 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.a5 Nd7 15.Qd2 Rb8 16.Rfe1 Rd8 17.Bxe5 Nxe5 18.Be2 Re8 19.e4 Kg7 20.f4 Nd7 21.Bc4 b5 22.axb6 Rxb6 23.b3 Qf6 24.Rad1 Qh4 25.e5 dxe5 26.d6 Kg8 27.Na4

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