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Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Fabiano Caruana
Batumi Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 9, Oct-03
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-03-18  Billy Vaughan: This is exciting. Caruana might need to win to hold a team draw
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  vonKrolock: 65...Bg4 was a blunder...
Oct-03-18  not not: 50 moves rule will stop him "winning" eventually
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  vonKrolock: 76.Rf6! hold
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  HeMateMe: Is this a forced win if the player with the extra piece plays perfectly?
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  Tactical Wizard: No with perfect play R & B vs R is a draw. Caruana will test his opponent for awhile before offering a draw.
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  vonKrolock: Should be a draw with best play (yet a mere dozen moves until fifty moves rule draw...)
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  whiteshark: <67...♗x♙h5> (last capture) + 50 moves = draw
Oct-03-18  zanzibar: This is Caruana trying to grind Duda into making a Booba.
Oct-03-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<vonKrolock>: 65...Bg4 was a blunder...> Yes! from e4 the bishop covers the king who is placed in e3, but the most important thing to win is that from e4 the bishop controls g2 and h1!
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  Count Wedgemore: "Duda, Where's My Car(uana)?"
Oct-03-18  john barleycorn: <Count Wedgemore: "Duda, Where's My Car(uana)?">

you are not paraphrasing the "today it is stolen, tomorrow it's inPoland"?

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  Count Wedgemore: <jbc> LOL. I was paraphrasing a movie, but that works too!
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  Susan Freeman: Duda looks about 14 in this picture.
Oct-03-18  john barleycorn: <Count Wedgemore> you know that in Germany the Polish people had a reputation for being the biggest carnappers. Actually, statistics show that is not true. The biggest carnappers in Germany are Russians. They always steal 2 cars at a time. Why? Because on their way back to Russia they have to cross Poland. Joke only.
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  Diademas: <john barleycorn> Reminds me of the old joke:

A Pole walking along the road happens to spy a lamp. He picks it up, and as it is covered in rust he gives it quick rub. Out comes a genie.

"Iím the genie of the lamp and I can grant you three wishes," the genie says.

"OK," says the Pole. "I want the Chinese Army to invade Poland." Odd choice, the genie thinks, but nevertheless he grants the wish, and the Chinese Army comes all the way from China, invades, and goes back home.

"Right, second wish. Maybe something more positive," says the genie.

"No," replies the Pole, "I want the Chinese Army to invade again." So the Chinese come all the way from China, lay waste to more of Poland, and then go home.

"Listen," says the genie. "You have one last wish. I can make Poland the most beautiful and prosperous place on earth."

"If you donít mind, I want the Chinese army to invade one more time." So the Chinese army comes again, destroys whatís left of Poland, and then goes home for the last time.

"I donít understand," says the genie. "Why did you want the Chinese army to invade Poland three times?"

"Well," replies the Pole, "they had to go through Russia six times"

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  Diademas: Copy and paste from
Oct-03-18  john barleycorn: <Diademas> if I remember correctly, the joke was told after the Russians stopped the "Prager FrŁhling" with their military. Actually, Ludek Pachman one of my favourite chessbook authors was involved in that.
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  Diademas: <john barleycorn> did you know Pachman?

I remember in highschool we had an assignment on "Who do you want to emulate." And i wrote about Pachman. Quite a character.

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  whiteshark: Here's one useable 2018 photo:
Oct-03-18  john barleycorn: <Diademas: <john barleycorn> did you know Pachman? ...> not personally, just through his books. The only Czech player I have known personally was Vlastimil Hort. also quite a character
Oct-03-18  Viktorerro: JB, have you played some chess with Manny "da Money Man" Pakman?

In his heydays some 10 years ago, after a few rounds of sparring @Gold's Gym in Los Angeles he'll sit down for some skittles chess then chomp on his prepped food, it was fun to play him some moves and call it a draw, hehehe...he's got a decent moves for an average street chess tambay player... ...that Ludech Pachman chess book I got hold of many, many years back was enlightening...I gave it away to a chess addict kid and hopefully it further improved his chess knowledge, or passed it on to someone who is now doing great things in this game of chess...☺☺☺

Oct-04-18  Viktorerro: I think Vlastimil Hort is also a contemporary of Eugene Torre. They battled it out in those years, he of a Czech - Bohemian ethnicity?, but now a full pledge German.
Oct-04-18  Caissa04: After facing 3 of the world's top 20 (with excellent results), Duda does it again by drawing the most difficult drawn endgame. You could say he's 2700+, of course he should hold but very strong GMs have lost this endgame.
Oct-05-18  john barleycorn: <Viktorerro: JB, have you played some chess with Manny "da Money Man" Pakman? ...>

No, not yet. Manny keeps avoiding me, hahaha. And even if we play I am not allowed to win because my queen is a big fan of him. Life is not always fair .... :-) but I have to follow instructions like a good shepherd dog.

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