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Rafael Leitao vs Fabiano Caruana
"Ay Caruana!" (game of the day Sep-10-2023)
Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 9, Sep-30
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D76)  ·  0-1



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Oct-03-10  maxxowar: 16...dxc3!!
It's depressing for a patzer like me to see these kind of moves. Will I ever be able to understand chess?
Oct-04-10  notyetagm: 15 ?

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15 d4xe5?

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15 ... ♕d8x♖d1+! <remove guard: d3>

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16 ♘c3x♕d1 ♗c4-d3

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<15.a3 <<<15.dxe5? Qxd1+!! 16.Nxd1 Bd3 wins the exchange>>>>

Note how this combination is possible only because of the great <LACK OF MOBILITY> of the boxed-in White b1-queen.

Oct-05-10  Quentinc: Why not 24.Qd2?
Oct-26-10  jerseybob: 24.Qd1 is a blunder, but after the better Qd2, 24..Na4 should win.
Dec-06-10  whiteshark: Wicked! What wild walkthrough. Wonder where White went wrong? Will watch world weather while waiting...
Dec-06-10  jrlepage: 24. Qd2 Na4 25.Kg2 seems to hold. And sacrificing on b2 (N or B) fails to mate threats or perp.
Dec-08-10  jerseybob: 25..Bf6 might be a way to keep the game going. But after 26.e4,Be6 27.Bd5,c5 28.Bxe6,fxe6 29.Qf4 who's winning?
May-28-11  Whitehat1963: An underappreciated game, I think.
Apr-24-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DEFENDERS! DEFENDERS! DEFENDERS! THAT IS A DEFEN
Sep-29-15  RKnight: Another defense for black is 22...h4 23 Ra1+ Kh2 24 b3 Qe4 = (more or less)
May-06-17  Finnishplayer: I agree with Whitehat1963. This game is a gem.
Apr-12-19  FairyPromotion: Leitao Unpleasantness
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  PawnSac: in his bio Leitao is praised for playing like a machine, but in this case he was up against a supercharged engine
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Objectively, 9.e3 is an acceptable move, but it feels much too passive to my taste compared with 9.d5. Life starts to go downhill when White allowed 12.Rd1. After that, Black's minors caused major trouble.
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  Messiah: Terrible pun.
Sep-10-23  sudoplatov: Checking with Stockfish, it seems that after 24.Qd2, Be6 followed by ...Nc4 keeps Black's advantage.
Sep-10-23  goodevans: Fab play by Caruana.

<19.Nd2> was an ignominious move to have to make but was necessary to prevent 19…b3. <19.Nd4?> wouldn’t have worked. Black just takes it and White can’t take back.

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  offramp: <Messiah: Terrible pun.>

At first I was thinking of "Ah, kumbaya".

In fact that is a good song. Would everyone here like to join me in a rousing chorus of that spiritual song?

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  Honza Cervenka: 22.Bxb7 was a mistake. 22.h4 would have been better.

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