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Fabiano Caruana vs Alireza Firouzja
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-22
King's Indian Defense: Makagonov Variation (E71)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-20  Ulhumbrus: Black's king has reached c8 but it does not seem safe there and Black's king side pawns seem more of a target than a weapon
Jan-22-20  boz: Svidler saying Firouzja not at his best today and yesterday but the world's best have a way of bringing out the worst in their opponents.
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  PawnSac: 41...bxa5? Oh my. Qc2+ black is wide open. time to scalp a king!
Jan-22-20  chessdgc2: Black's King is naked....I mean totally stripped
Jan-22-20  Ulhumbrus: < boz: Svidler saying Firouzja not at his best today and yesterday but the world's best have a way of bringing out the worst in their opponents.> If this is one of Firozja's worse days what is one of his better days going to be like? Perhaps his most recent wins will give some idea.
Jan-22-20  boz: <Ulhumbrus: < boz: Svidler saying Firouzja not at his best today and yesterday but the world's best have a way of bringing out the worst in their opponents.> If this is one of Firozja's worse days what is one of his better days going to be like? Perhaps his most recent wins will give some idea.>

Who knows?

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  dernier loup de T: Caruana finding all the most effective killer moves to conclude a game which I guess will be one of the most brilliant of his career!
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  dernier loup de T: Maybe time for resignation?...
Jan-22-20  mosheach: 43....Q-e3 should hold a draw for black
Jan-22-20  Thief: Finally.
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  keypusher: <dernier loup de T: Maybe time for resignation?...>

I find it helpful when they play the finale out. :-) Congrats to both of them, and a reminder from Fabi just how strong he really is.

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  dernier loup de T: Hold the draw or offer a mate in two?
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  dernier loup de T: <keypusher>: I agree!!
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  MissScarlett: Fabi must recognise something of himself in Firouzja.....the same bumfluff moustache, for instance.
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  chancho: 2020 match prediction.

Chess Viking vs Chess Einstein.

Jan-22-20  Pedro Fernandez: Chess Einstein was not born yet, <Chancho>.
Jan-22-20  cormier: 23...Rac8 is possibly the not the right move
Jan-22-20  sudoplatov: Quick analysis at a chess analysis site shows that 30....Kf8 was bad. Other moves leave White up about a Pawn but this makes it two Pawns or so. Someone suggested 30....h5 would have been better, the computer agreed. (Good suggestion.)

I think White had the better game, at least from when I tuned in (around 20.Bd4). White always has good attacking chances because of the extra Piece. Computers still have trouble evaluating positions with asymmetric material balances that last many moves. Black's sacrifice seems very speculative. White has better development and the extra piece.

Jan-22-20  Pedro Fernandez: <<MissScarlett>: Fabi must recognise something of himself in Firouzja.....the same bumfluff moustache, for instance.> Moustache? If they are hairless my dear!

PS. With the exception of their "afros", only the tiniest amount of bumfluff grew on their chin.

Jan-22-20  Sally Simpson: Hi jphamlore,

It's possible Ali decided that is twice he has had his teeth drawn and outplayed without a sniff at any complications or imbalance in the position.

So today it was 'if you want me come and get me.' and we had Fabiano practically being forced to throwing forward the k-side pawns and castling Q-side.

The lad played a piece for the central pawns sac.

My old coach, Vladimir Smith use to call this: 'The Jekyll and Hyde Sacrifice" sometimes it's good - sometimes it's bad.

I bet he was happier playing this one than the other two v Wes So and Carlsen.

Three losses v (on paper) the three strongest players. Hope he has a pop at Vishy, these two could produce a tactical crackerjack.


Jan-22-20  ndg2: I knew round 9 and 10 would be very hard for Alireza, still hoped for half a point out of these round ds, alas.

Today's loss was different from yesterday where Carlsen just crushed him. Against Caru he went deliberately into a very asymmetric variation with mutual chances to shine (and blunder).

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  wordfunph: my down under still intact.

sigh of relief..

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  Richard Taylor: Looks as though Black blundered. Easy to miscalculate in Chess...
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  Kurakotsaba: <my down under still intact.

sigh of relief>

Har har har har...TAAL's wrath n fury will lahar-ize your down there with ashfall.

Who you think will snatch this Tata 2020?

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  PawnSac: < ..Kb8?! > black can resign

Here Stockfish 10 chose to allow the pin with ..Qc7 Rc6 Rd7 since the alternative Kb8 is mate in 14

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58/28 27:13 1,054,633k 645k +M14 43.Nc5 f6 44.Rh7 Re8 45.Nd7+ Kb7 46.Nxf6 d3 47.Qxd3 Kc6 48.Qc4+ Kb7 49.Qb5+ Kc8 50.Qc6+ Kd8 51.Qa8+ Kc7 52.Nxe8+ Kb6 53.Rxe7 a4 54.Rc7 g4 55.Qb7+ Ka5 56.Rc5+

< 48. ..? black to move >

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Stockfish_10_x64 shows mate in 13:
75/27 4:51:18 6,170,954k 353k -M13 48. ... Ke6 49.Nxg5+ Kd6 50.Nf7+ Ke6 51.Nxd8+ Qxd8 52.Qe4+ Kd7 53.Rh7+ Kd6 54.Qxd4+ Ke6 55.Qxd8 a4 56.Rh6 Ke5 57.Rxf6 a3 58.Qd6+ Ke4 59.Rf4+ Ke3 60.Qe5+ Kd2 61.Rd4+

..but the details don't really matter. It's a bust. Maybe Fab didn't follow the prog evals, but what's important is he didn't let Ali loose. He brought it to closure in clean enough fashion. Nice win.

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