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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Ruy Lopez (C88)  ·  0-1

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Jan-22-23  jffun1958: 22. Bc2 ??
Now Black has 22. ... Qd5.
Jan-22-23
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  saffuna: As I asked on the tournament page...

OK, so here's the question: How much can fatigue affect a player's performance?

Only yesterday Caruana played a seven-hour, 106-move draw. There was a 36-move queen-and-pawn endgame, during which Caruana had a tablebase-win for many moves before the game ended in a draw.

Might his blunder today be due, at least partly, to exhaustion from yesterday's game?

Jan-22-23
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  Messiah: <saffuna: As I asked on the tournament page...

OK, so here's the question: How much can fatigue affect a player's performance?

Only yesterday Caruana played a seven-hour, 106-move draw. There was a 36-move queen-and-pawn endgame, during which Caruana had a tablebase-win for many moves before the game ended in a draw.

Might his blunder today be due, at least partly, to exhaustion from yesterday's game?>

Or because his Highly Esteemed Opponent is a lucker.

Jan-22-23
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  moronovich: <Might his blunder today be due, at least partly, to exhaustion from yesterday's game?>

It is very likely.

Jan-22-23  stone free or die: Magnus talks a little about the game, including (briefly) mentioning the exhaustion/frustration factor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yj...

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Jan-23-23  Ulhumbrus: 14...Bd7 displaces the defender of the a6 pawn. This suggests 15 Bc4 attacking a6 and inviting Black to undevelop his rook or his queen's bishop to defend it. This also seems consistent, otherwise why has White advanced his a pawn to a5 and made a target of it, if not to fix Black's a6 pawn as a target?

Instead of 17 Bg3, 17 Nc4 proposes to remove the black N on e5 that keeps White's king's bishop out of c4. If Black declines the offer by 17...Re8 18 Nc4-e3 prepares the move Nf5

Instead of 18 f4, 18 Nc4 proposes to exchange knights. An additional justification is that this knight is White's worst placed piece and 18 Nc4 puts it to work before doing anything else.

19 e5 opens lines in a position where White has neglected to put his queen's knight to work. The effects of this remain to be seen.

After 23 ...Rb4 Black overpowers White's centre in a position where White's queen's knight does nothing useful to either defend White's position or attack Black's position. This suggests that playing the advance e5 before first improving the position of the N on a3 is a mistake.

Jan-23-23  Kristijanf: 21... Bc6 one of the best moves ever
Jan-23-23
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  saffuna: <21... Bc6 one of the best moves ever>

So if Caruana had taken the knight with 22. exf6:

22. exf6 Rxe1+ 23. Qxe1 Rxb3 and white's position has too many holes to count.

Jan-23-23
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  Bishoprick: Messiah
In New York, many, many years ago, we used to say that the better player is always a "lucker". Neither player is a machine, and the human factor (tiredness, sickness, headache, etc.) is always present. That's what makes chess a game, and not a exercise in math by two computers.
Jan-24-23
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  perfidious: In the world of <antichrist>, Carlsen can never put a foot right and all his opponents play horribly, handing over one free point after another.
Jan-24-23  Ninas Husband: Carlsen's got his mojo back!

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