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Fabiano Caruana vs Alexander Onischuk
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0

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Apr-29-18  lost in space: The second pawn will soon be gone...
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: Yeah, maybe he plays 26...Nd7 to put pressure on the e5 pawn again, but black looks weak here. Or maybe 26...Bf8 to attack the f3 pawn and then fianchetto the B to g7 to again put pressure on the e5 pawn.
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: *c3 pawn
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: Hey, I got one :)
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: I'd play Qxb5 and force the trade
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: And if Qxb5 Qe6 then Nd4
Apr-29-18
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  OhioChessFan: Onischuk can resign now.
Apr-29-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: In the meanwhile these guys are playing for beans. Which is funny because 'fabi' means beans in old Italian :)
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: Hi <Check it Out>, were you back in Hawaii or something?
Apr-29-18
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  OhioChessFan: If I was Black, I'd run the clock down to 30 seconds, and then pretend to lose on time at my 40th move, just to save face.
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: CHC: not physically, but perhaps mentally :)
Apr-29-18
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  OhioChessFan: Probably h3 here, and then Nd4. This is over.
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: And I was hoping you'd invite me to a luau! Yeah Nd4-Nf6 and even if BxN there's the narsty f6 pawn
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: Down two pawns and space against the steam-rolling world champion contender: Onischuk will chuck it; shucks.
Apr-29-18
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  chessgames.com: Great job Fabiano! We'll switch to Shankland's game in just a minute.
Apr-29-18
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  OhioChessFan: Thanks for the game cg.c
Apr-29-18
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  Check It Out: Thanks CG!
Apr-29-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: <cg>

Too late, Shank won the tournament! :)

Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: So Caruana has just surpassed Shankland unless Shankland wins his game, too?
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: <Whiteshark> said Shankland just won the tournament, so he must have already won.
Apr-29-18  ChessHigherCat: Let that be a lesson to you: next time bet on Shankland instead, except that time he will lose....
Apr-29-18  lost in space: Yups, second pawn gone, queens exchanged. 1:0
Apr-30-18  Ulhumbrus: 15 Nxe5?? walks into a fork after 15...Bxa2 16 Rxa2 Qd5. Caruana plays instead 15 Bg5! pinning the N on f6. After 15...Bxa2 16 Ra2 the move 16...Qd5 seems consistent, unpinning the KN with tempo, otherwise why has Black drawn White's QR on to the a2 square? Unfortunately for Black White can cover his rook with tempo as well by 17 Qa1! pinning and attacking twice the N on a5. On 17...b4 18 Bxf6 becomes possible. This suggests that when Onischuk played 12...d5 he had not foreseen all of Black's problems after the move 15 Bg5.
May-03-18  Justin796: Im a newb, but Onischuk just lost a couple pawns and that's it curtains right?
May-03-18  ChessHigherCat: <Justin796: Im a newb, but Onischuk just lost a couple pawns and that's it curtains right?>

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