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Fabiano Caruana vs Peter Svidler
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Aug-14
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Aug-14-10  JohnBoy: I am becoming convinced that Caruana is the real deal. His style is very classical, but there don't appear to be too many seams for others to exploit. Here he established an initiative and rides it well.
Aug-14-10  crazybird: Nice 27min analysis of this game by Fabiano at Amazing clarity of thought.
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  HeMateMe: Apparently the fortress is kaput, huh? Nice game by Fabio. Black seems slightly worse after 22...B-e8, his pieces never get coordinated and fabio keeps up the pressure.
Aug-14-10  crazybird: <Fabiano Caruana had done some excellent preparation for his game against Peter Svidler. Not surprisingly a Grünfeld Defence appeared on the board, the Russian grandmaster’s specialty. On move 12 Svidler deviated from an earlier game against Caruana when instead of 12…e5, he went for the less usual 12…Be5. That didn’t bother the Italian number one too much, as he got the chance to play 16.Qe1, a strong novelty he had found two months ago. As his second Boris Avrukh said admiringly, ‘No engine suggests this move’. With 19.c4 (now 19…Rxd4 is impossible because of 20.Ne2) and 20.d5 White built up a strong centre and with pointed play he managed to win a pawn in the ensuing tactical complications. He could have struck a decisive blow with 33.Nh5+, but at this point he was getting nervous and running short of time because he failed to find a direct win. One move later, when checking all possible moves, he did find the knight sacrifice and here, too, this lead to a winning position. If you want to hear how in the remainder of the game he drove home his advantage (and more about the first part of the game as well) we strongly advise you to listen to Caruana’s commentary in the ‘live stream’ on our home page.>


Aug-14-10  whiteshark: Caruana commenced thinking on move 21. <21.Qa5> that is.
Aug-14-10  Shams: Great video! Caruana is winningly mature. Didn't realize he'd moved to Switzerland. Isn't that four countries in four years?
Aug-14-10  Marmot PFL: If i had to pick a losing move it would be 24...Rd2. What was wrong with Rxe5? The king pawn is a thorn in black's side.
Aug-14-10  percyblakeney: Caruana keeps doing well against Svidler, in the same event last year he won with black so it's 2-0 in decisive games at the moment.
Aug-15-10  zoren: According to, engines cannot find 16.Qe1, however it's the first thing that shows up when I fire on the engine.
Aug-15-10  whiteshark: 25 minutes analysis:
Aug-15-10  whiteshark: Indeed, <24...Rxe5!> equalises (It's shortly mentionend in the video at 08:45)

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Aug-16-10  arnaud1959: I don't think Grunfeld is a bad opening but we can clearly see black's problem. The slightest mistake leads to loss and not simply to an inferior position.
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  Bobsterman3000: Can someone explain the wisdom behind 16.Qe1 ??
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  tamar: <Bobsterman3000> Caruana gives lots of details at

Just go back a few videos.

1) ordinarily white wants to play h3 kicking out the knight, but with the queen still on d1 the active ...Ne5 is okay for Black.

2) after 16 Qe1 the knight is therefore limited to the retreat Nf6, after which White gets e5 in with tempo

3) the pawn on d4 is guarded tactically in the sequence 16...cxd4 17 cxd4 Rxd4 18 h3 Nf6 19 Ne2 forking rook and queen.

4) the Ne2 fork also comes into play after the game continuation 16...Nf6 17 e5 Nd5 18 Bxd5 Rxd5 19 c4 when the pawn on d4 is safe and the rook has to go back to d8

5) finally, the queen has access to the a5 square from e1, which helps after 20...b5

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  Bobsterman3000: <tamar> Thanks a lot.

When you get your final GM norm I will start up a fan club for you :-)

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  tamar: <Bobsterman> Funny, don't hold your breath, I was lucky to crack 2200 one year in my life.

I found it refreshing how in depth Caruana explained his novelty, and how it was important to him that he had found it himself, not prompted by a computer.

I take it that most gms these days are working backwards-discovering reasons why a computer suggested move is good, rather than doing it the Kotov way, generating a list of candidate moves, and then sorting them in a tree.

Discovering a superlative move like 16 Qe1 independently will help Caruana's development more than memorizing an equally good novelty.

Of course the downside is now that move will be subjected to intensive computer analysis, and the original reasons why it was not the first choice will be discovered.

Aug-19-10  Nosnibor: Did Svidler miss a possible stronghold position after 41Rxa7 with 41..Rb1+! 42Kh2 Rxh7 43Qc2+ Kg7 44Qxb1 Rd7 so that after a future f4 Black can play Bg4
Aug-20-10  Nosnibor: Sorry my last post should have read 42...Rxa7 and not 42...Rxh7
Aug-29-10  notyetagm: F Caruana vs Svidler, 2010

<33...Rxa2? Setting up a nasty cheapo. Unfortunately for Svidler, it forced Caruana to find the winning idea he missed last move!

34.Nh5+! <<<[34.Qd8?? is crushing, except for one small problem: 34...Qxf2+!>>> 35.Rxf2 Rb1+ 36.Rf1 Rxg2+ 37.Kh1 Rxf1# ]>

Aug-29-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Heavy pieces on back rank easily overworked

F Caruana vs Svidler, 2010 34 ... Qf4xf2+! mates as White f1-rook must protect b1-check sq

Feb-12-11  extremepleasure2: Didn't white give up a whole rook with 41.Rxa7? 41...Rb1+ 42. Kh2 Ra7 and black wins a whole rook and ultimately the game.
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  Sastre: <extremepleasure2: Didn't white give up a whole rook with 41.Rxa7? 41...Rb1+ 42. Kh2 Ra7 and black wins a whole rook and ultimately the game> 43.Qd3+ Kg7 44.Qxb1 and White is still winning.
Feb-12-11  Kazzak: Caruana drowns himself in theory - he's a strong player, but seems overstocked on book.
Jun-29-13  csmath: <Caruana drowns himself in theory - he's a strong player, but seems overstocked on book.>

Caruana is ideal player. He is not just very well educated, he is extraordinarily talented as well, one ought to recognize that. I have to say the more I analize Caruana's games the more impressed I am how serious this young man is.

It is often claimed that Svidler is an expert on Grunfeld but unfortunately for Svidler Grunfeld is just too big to be expert there. Here is the sideline 12. ...Be5 clearly chosen by Svidler instead of mainline 12. ...Qd7 so one would assume it is Svidler who is prepared here.

Not really!

Obviously Caruana knows this well or is capable of producing strong continuation OTB. By move 23 he has clear advantage. [There could be some improvement on move 16. ... though].

After 23 moves this should be critical position for the whole variation, I wonder whether we shall see this again since it does give advantage to white.

Nevertheless Caruana did not have a better plan than tactics and that was enough for Svidler to falter with 24. ...Rd2? though I cannot blame him since the position after

24. ... Rxe5!
26. b7 Rb8
27. Qxa7 Rxe1
28. Qxc5

looks as a difficult ending to handle for black.

Unfortunately the game has been spoiled by a lot of missed tactics after that but obviously Svidler made many more errors than Caruana.

By the way, Dvoirys has been looking for improvement in this line but lost games to Timofeev just two months after this game using 16....cxd4 and 16. ... b6. The later move seems as a better try.

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