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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (rapid), London ENG, rd 13, Nov-28
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-18  metatron2: Even in the rapids tiebreaks Caruana can't deviate from his predictable and unsuccessful 1.e4

How pathetic. He totally deserves to get crashed like that.

Nov-28-18  cehertan: Did he flag? Thought it still unclear on 29.Ne7. Magnus is a monster at speed needless to say. No wonder he played it safe in classical.
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  MissScarlett: Will Fabi play a Petroff, and will Magnus play 5.Qe2?
Nov-28-18  zanzibar: I'm thinking maybe chess960 tiebreaks at classical time controls would make for better chess - not just time-induced blunders like in the last rapid game.
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  MissScarlett: Talking of sad finishes, <Pope>, will your Pillsbury book be out for Christmas? If so, which one?
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  plang: hope there are some good cake recipes in it
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  AylerKupp: Raise your hands if you still think that there is no degradation in the quality of games when you first play them at Classic time controls and then at Rapid time controls.
Nov-28-18  metatron2: <zanzibar: I'm thinking maybe chess960 tiebreaks at classical time controls would make for better chess - not just time-induced blunders like in the last rapid game.>

That's actually an interesting suggestion!

Never heard that idea, but it sounds better than rapids deciding a classical match..

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  AylerKupp: No, <chessdgc2> is not my sockpuppet.
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  whiteshark: The definition of <insanity> is doing the same thing (4th B33) over and over and expecting different results...
Nov-28-18  Marmot PFL: A model game by black, who was of course well prepared for this opening. Nakamura could not understand why 7 Bg5 was never tried in any game.
Nov-28-18  Zibbit: Video analysis of this game by FIDE master/trainer:
Nov-28-18  cehertan: 24...Bd8! and 25...e4! was a marvelous refutation of white’s 22.c6 which would be positionally crushing with one more tempo to consolidate (i. e. if white were castled). I’m so curious how deeply prepared this was and what prior theory said—if found over the board it’s one of the most impressive “defensive forcing move” sequences I’ve seen.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  AylerKupp: <<Marmot PFL> Nakamura could not understand why 7 Bg5 was never tried in any game.>

I'm surprised. 7.Bg5 is by far a more common move than 7.Nd5, more than 10X as often played (Opening Explorer), and almost all of Carlsen's recent top-level opponents have played 7.Bg5 against him. So maybe Caruana thought that Carlsen might be less well prepared for 7.Nd5 than 7.Bg5.

7.Bg5, by leaving Black with the usual backward Pd6 and a hole on d5, causes the game to focus on control of d5. For what I think is a good example (then again, I'm prejudiced) see the appropriately titled Team White vs Team Black, 2013.

Dec-03-18  talwnbe4: a nice tactical ending.. Carlsen has Nd3+ and the queen can't move and defend the c1 rook.. 29. Ne7 Qf3 30.Qxc8 Rxc8 wins a decisive amount of material or 29. Qe2 Nd3+ 30. Kf1 Nxc1 31. Qd1 Nd3 32. Nf4 Rab8 28.. Kh7 sidesteps the fork on e7.

28. Qd5 Rab8 29. O-O Rxc7 30. Qxd6 Rxc1 31. Qxb8+ Rc8 32. Qb7 Kh7 33. Rc1 Nf3+ 34. Kf1 Rxc1+ 35. Bxc1 Qh3+ 36. Ke2 Nd4+ 37. Ke3 Nc2+ 38. Kd2 Qf5 continues a strong attack

Dec-08-18  Catur Proklamasi: Good for Magnus Carlsen !
Feb-06-19  rcs784: I'm curious about the variaton after 28. Qd5 instead of Nd5. I've seen several sources giving Black's winning continuation as 28...Rab8, but it seems to me (although I'm just an amateur, mind you), that White can play 29. O-O Rxc7 30. Qxd6 Nf3+ 31. Kg2, after which Black is certainly better, but White is far from lost. I don't have an engine handy at the moment, but what am I missing here?
Feb-06-19  rcs784: Never mind; I think I see what I missed: In the above variation, instead of 29...Rxc7, which might allow White to suffer on for a bit with 30. Qxd6, better is 29...Qh3!, winning on the spot because White cannot prevent Nf3 mate next move without giving up the queen.

If this analysis is correct (somebody, please check this with an engine!), then Raymond Keene got the winning variation wrong in his recent book on the match, as he gave the critical variation as 29...Rxc7 30. Rxc7 Nf3+ winning White's queen and didn't mention 30. Qxd6 at all.

Mar-14-19  Momentum Man: This game actually shows that Caruana’s preparation for the classical games was at a very high level. Carlsen did not roll over FC until the rapid games
Mar-14-19  JustAnotherMaster: Pure tactical genius ....what a smashing...what a game to win the world Championship!
Mar-30-19  joddon: a 2 yr old could have played better moves than this...was Curuana sleeping while he was 99 yr old nanny could see better moves for white....Curuana should just have resigned b4 the game if he wasn't willing to play!!
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  Everybodychessnow: In that game, Caruana just lost because of that huge knight d5 blunder. Better move was Qd5 then rook a8 to b8 by black and white can castle
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Dec-12-20  joddon: Curyana plays this game like a 5 yr old....even the stupid and dumbest club players try harder than Curyana does....i don't get there something scary with Carlene face that when u look at him u @#$% your pants or something.....his games have absolutely not one wonderful sacrifice where u can say he's got magical powers as Tal.....he just waits on positional insecurities....and realises that modern day SGMs are pretty @#$%ty if u ask anyone.
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