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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, Jun-14
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-14-19  Ulhumbrus: Every exchange of pieces helps White because it is the black queen that needs more the assistance of other pieces. White threatens 40 Re2 followed by Ne3 threatening to exchange knights or to go to f5 or d5. This suggests that Carlsen may be in trouble already and that it may have been a mistake for Carlsen to advance his g pawn to g4 at the thirty-fifth move.
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  whiteshark: There are some weaker points in the white camp that could be tested with <39...Qa1>.
Jun-14-19  cormier: e4 is weak
Jun-14-19  cormier: it look's like he mist 39...Qa1
Jun-14-19  cormier: and now he mist 41...Nf6
Jun-14-19  Ulhumbrus: If White has to keep e4 covered his knight on h2 may be able to head for f5 via f3 and h4 instead of via f1 and e3
Jun-14-19  BOSTER: Black'd move his knight on d4.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: White finally threatens to occupy the d5 square to good effect with 44.Rd1. We'll see if 44...Qa3 generates enough trouble to keep White distracted.
Jun-14-19  Ulhumbrus: 46 Rd6 Qxc3 47 Rf1 Ng8 48 Ng4 subjects the f6 pawn to overpowering attack.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 50.Rh1!? threatens 51.Nf3+ with mate to follow, so Black would have to play for perpetual with 51...Qe2+. 50.Nf5!?,Qd2+.
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  chancho: Yikes! Sesse had mate in x moves but Caruana played the wrong move.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <chancho> what were Sesse's exact moves?
Jun-14-19  Nazim12: This is the pint of draw
Jun-14-19  Czx: Truly, Carlsen must have a pact with you-know-who.
Jun-14-19  Captain Hindsight: <50.Nf5!!> would have been winning.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: England-Argentina has just begun, so signing off. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Jun-14-19  csmath: Note to yourself: when playing with queen on board always consider long queen moves, they are often overlooked. Yes, Caruana missed win and so did Magnus after that (51. ... Qb3!! with Qg8 to follow).

Not a game either will be happy with.

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  chancho: <An Englishman> at move 49 the eval was at 12.41 at Chessbomb.

At Sesse, it said mate in a number of moves (I think it was over 20 moves) but I didn't look thoroughly at the line.

Jun-14-19  AdolfoAugusto: The position was very complicated and most of the game it was Carlsen applying pressure. Caruana was not looking to win, he was trying not to lose. Heck, after missing the oportunity, Carlsen even had a shoot, but in time trouble he choose to continue the fight under another format.
Jun-14-19  csmath: I don't think Carseln was applying pressure. I feel it was Caruana that wanted to play and the game was even (after opening advantage for white and before crazy time trouble).

Magnus also said he was not playing well. This is not a good tournament for him even though he won. He was lost against Aronian, worse against Ding, and lost again against Caruana.

Nothing he will cheer about other than money.

Jun-14-19  TheBish: <Captain Hindsight: <50.Nf5!!> would have been winning.>

Thanks, Captain Hindsight! Much more insightful than what your Captain Obvious had to offer.

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  Dionysius1: Hi <MissScarlett>. We'll message you in the morning, but not too early of course.
Jun-14-19  Steve.Patzer: Stockfish had this after move 49. 1) +50.3 (29 ply) 50.Nf5 Qd2+ 51.Kf3 Qd3+ 52.Kf2 Qd2+ 53.Re2 c2 54.Rxd2 c1=Q 55.Rxh6+ Kg5 56.Re2 Qc7 57.Rh4 Qd7 58.Kg2 Qa7 59.Rf2 Kg6 60.Rh6+ Kg5 61.Rh8 Qf7 62.Ne3 Qb3 63.Nd5 Kg6 64.Rg8+ Kh5 65.Rf5+ Kh6 66.Rxf6+ Kh7 67.Rg4 Qd1 68.Rf1 Qxf1+ 69.Kxf1 Kh6 70.Ne3 Kh7 71.Kg2 Kh6 72.Nd5 Kh5 73.Nf6+ Kh6 74.Nd7 Kh5 75.Nxe5 Kh6 76.Nf7+ Kh7
Jun-15-19  Taxman: 50.Nf5 Qd2+ 51.Kf3 Qd3+ 52.Kf2 Qd2+ 53.Re2 Qd1!? (threatening ...c3-c2) is a better practical try.

However 54.Rxh6+ forces mate in all lines, e.g. 54...Kg5 55.Rh7! Kg4 56.Rg7+ Kh3 (56...Kh5 57.g4 mate) 57.Ne3! with a mating net.

Very difficult to spot all that over the board in my view.

Jun-24-19  Pedro Fernandez: Yes <Taxman>, the move 50.Nf5 was not easy at all since black threatens 50...Qd2+ and white e1-rook must sac on c1 when black c-pawn queening. SF10 saw that mate in 22, impossible for any GM human player. 50.Nf5

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50...Qc2+ <(the best according to SF)> 51.Kf3 Qd3+ 52.Kf2 Qd2+

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53.Re2 c2! 54.Rxd2 c1=Q 55.Rxh6+ Kg5

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56.Re2 Qc7 57.Rh8 Qc4 58.Re8 <(this move is really hard to see)> Qf7

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59.Re7 Qh5 <(59...Qf8 60.Rc2 and black is mate in 9 instead of 11))> 60.Rg7+ Qg6 <(unique to avoid mate)> 61.Rxg6

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Well, the rest is easy, I'll put the final position.

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