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Victor Bologan vs Fabiano Caruana
"Super Bol" (game of the day Feb-08-2021)
European Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 10, May-01
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: <17...Nb6 18.fxg5 Qxf7 19.Bxf7 Ng4> was another critical line.

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May-03-08  jhunjk: Excellent game by White, starting with 13 g5!, 14 e5!, 15 B*g6!!
May-04-08  Strongest Force: Maybe 10... Nc6 for black is better? Hindsight is 20-20 and black made too many k-side pawn moves with his king in the center.
May-04-08  SniperOnG7: Still though...thats some excellent calculation and/or intuition Bologan's got. At one point he was down two minor pieces!!
May-05-08  computer chess guy: Black had some alternatives worth investigating. 17. .. ♘b8 is suspect (♘c5 looks better). Also 19. .. dxc3 was maybe too greedy - Shredder suggests 19 .. ♘g4.
May-05-08  aragorn69: Bologan, when at full throttle, is such a tactical genius!
Nov-04-08  sallom89: well played!
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  offramp: When Black played ...h6 and ...g6 was a moment's hesitation.
Feb-08-21  V Geriakov: There's no denying that Bologan that day was simply too good for Fabi.
Feb-08-21  Brenin: After 22 ... a5 (preventing 23 Bb4+) White seems to have nothing better than to regain one of his two pieces with 23 gxf6+ Bxf6 24 Bxf6+ Kxf6, leaving him with 2P for his N.
Feb-08-21  goodevans: I've looked in a couple of opening databases and can't find another game with <9.g4>. Maybe there haven’t been many opportunities to play it since this game but it seems worthy of another outing or two at least. As well as the way Bologan played it there is also the possibility to sac the N on e6 and follow up with Bxg6+. It seems a treatment ripe with potential.

I wouldn't have wanted to be in Fab's shoes on move 28 but <28...Rc7> seems like an uncharacteristic blunder. After <29.Rd8> the N is clearly doomed since <29...Be5 30.Rd5> is even worse.

Feb-08-21  Brenin: Caruana was only 15 when he played this game, although already a GM. For those puzzled by the pun, I believe it refers to a sporting event yesterday in the US: just add a "w".
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  LRLeighton: The positions after 9 g4 have been reached by transposition in a few games at master level, and it was originally played in a correspondence game by a master named Mahler back in 1980. What sets this game apart is Caruana's anti-positional 11...g6?!. In any event, as goodevans notes, Nxe6 is "live". In fact, 13 g5 looks inaccurate, overlooking the immediate 13 e5, dxe5 14 Nxe6.
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  Honza Cervenka: Why not 15.Nxe6?
Feb-08-21  Brenin: <Honza Cervenka>: 15 Nxe6 fxe6 16 Bxg6+ looks better for White than the rather dubious 15 Bxg6 played: after 15 ... exd4 16 Qxe6+ Kd8 17 Qxf7 as in the game, 17... Nb6 would have left White's attack looking rather weak, e.g. 18 fxg5 Qxf7 19 Bxf7 Ng4, with N for 2P and some counterplay.
Feb-08-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Cool game! Timely name pun!

The engine thinks the position was drawn for a long time, until Caruana finally cracked under the pressure.

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  carpovius: Poor, poor Caruana))
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  carpovius: When a guy faces Soviet chess school))
Feb-08-21  RadioBoy: I hate it when there is an ad between the diagram and the moves. It never goes away so you cannot see the diagram and the moves at the same time. They used to do this in the normal games playback but got rid of it thank God. They should fix this here.
Feb-08-21  nalinw: Nobody commenting on the pun? I like it - but isn't it a day too late?

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