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Fabiano Caruana vs Krishnan Sasikiran
Corus Group B (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-30
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0

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Feb-01-09  Lupara: Looking at this game closely, Caruana had an edge coming out of the opening, which he steadily increased into a continuing initiative through the middlegame complications. The tactics after 20 f5 were defintely in Caruana's favor. Another great game by Caruana.

And to think that Sasikiran seemed to easily beat Caruana in a Sicilian Schevenigen a little over a month ago in Pamplona. Caruana must have learned something from that defeat.

Feb-16-09  dhotts: What am I missing, doesn't White win quickly with 33.Bxg6? I see no defense for Black.
Feb-17-09  Lupara: <dhotts> With your suggested move, White turns an EASILY won game into a won game (but somewhat harder), i.e. 33. Bxg6, Black replies 33. ... Rg4 34. Qxg4 Qxe3+ 35. R7f2 (not 35. R1f2 c1=Q+ 36. Qd1 Qxd1#) c1=Q 36. Bxe8+ Kh8 37. Bxc6 Qxc6, "and the rest is a matter of technique" if you want to fight two Qs with your Q and two Rs. So you are right, there is no defense, however, Caruana's play makes it much easier than your suggestion. Except in the actual game, 35. Bxg6 would work because the Black R is no longer on d4.
Feb-17-09  piteira8: Why did Sasikiran avoid 21. ... exf3?
Feb-17-09  VinnyRoo2002: 22.Qxh7+ Nxh7 (Kf8 23.Qxf7#) 23.gxh7+ Kf8 24.h8Q/R#

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