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Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-23
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-14  hedgeh0g: <mike1> Maybe, but it certainly looks very risky. With the locked queenside structure on a favourable colour complex, Black essentially has an extra passed pawn and a superior bishop to work with.
Jan-17-14  SirRuthless: <mike1> Not convinced that is a draw he is trading of a good bishop for a decent knight and in that version black would have a good bishop vs bad white bishop notice the color of the pawns relative to the bishops.
Jan-17-14  Moszkowski012273: Naka missed a few stronger moves at the end here... Still well played though.
Jan-17-14  morfishine: Black has an edge with two Bishops and White's pinned Knight. To keep the edge, Black must threaten to win material; otherwise, White can hold the balance by unpinning the Knight (55.Kb2) threatening 56.Nxg5. So, my initial candidates are 54...Rd4, 54...Bb4 & 54...Be3; However, all can be met by 55.Rd1

There must be a 4th candidate. Other than 54...e5 I don't see any useful pawn moves except for possibly the break with 54...g4

(4) <54...g4> 55.hxg4 h3 56.gxh3 Rf8 57.Kd3 Rf4 and curiously, White is lost

(4a) However, better for White is <56.Rd1> 56...h2 57.g3 Rf8 58.Bh1 Rf2+ 59.Kd3 Rb2 60.Kc3 and White is barely hanging on; But in fact, Black has better all along:

(4b) 54...g4 55.hxg4 h3 56.Rd1 Rh8 57.gxh3 Rxh3 58.Bh1 Re3 and Black wins a piece

PM: I feel satisfied to have come relatively close with continuation 4b

<perfidious> Thanks for reminding of us this famous game: Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962


Jan-17-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I can't come up with anything better than

54 ... g4
55 hg h3
56 gh Rf8 winning a piece.

Or if White refuses the second pawn (taking the first one is forced) with 56 Re1 or 56 Kc3, then Bxe4/h2/Bg1/Rh8/h1 looks very hard to stop. 56 Rd1 is even worse.

Jan-17-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Oops. I miscalculated what happens after Rd1. Tough position over all.
Jan-17-14  kevin86: Black's bishop and pawn trap white's rook like a bug in a rug.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I thought that black could have continued with 56...h2 directly, as the text 57 Rf8 allows for 57...Kc3!?

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Now the pin is off of the knight and white makes black think. Do I take the knight right now or play ...h2? if he plays 57...h2, then white has 58 Nxc5 so after 58...bxc5 the passed pawn is no longer as big of a threat.

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Jan-17-14  Pnice: Subtle Sneak attack, I seen it, but couldn't see why h3 was the follow up after g4. I am assuming 56...Rf8 would of followed 56.gxh3? Is that right?
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  ajk68: What does black do if
54... g4 55. hxg4 h3 56. Rh1, ?

If 56...Rd4 57. Rd1 h2 58. g3 and I don't see anything for black.

Jan-17-14  PJs Studio: Is 57. Kc3 any better?
Jan-17-14  independentthinker: After 54 ... Rf8 and 55 Kc3 why can't black just capture the knight and win a piece?
Jan-17-14  RedShield: Before answering that you have to ask: why would you play 55.Kc3?
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  Jimfromprovidence: <independentthinker> <After 54 ... Rf8 and 55 Kc3 why can't black just capture the knight and win a piece??>

I assume that you meant that white would play 55 Kd3.

Nevertheless, what happens after 54...Rf8 deserves attention. To me it's a great try but I think it comes up short.

If 55 Kd3 Rf4, then 56 Re1 should hold.

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If 55 Kd3 g4, if 56 hxg4 h3, then 57 Rh1.

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By playing 54...g4 first, black keeps two rook options. Here is the position after the text 55...h3.

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If white plays the text 56 Rd1 black has the text 56...Rf8, etc.

If white plays 56 Rh1 instead black has the winning 56...Rd4.

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  ajk68: <Jimfromprovidence>: As I asked above, how does 56...Rd4 win? 57. Rd1 to cover the threat, and 57...h2 fails to g3.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <ajk68> <What does black do if 54... g4 55. hxg4 h3 56. Rh1, ?

If 56...Rd4 57. Rd1 h2 58. g3 and I don't see anything for black.>

This is the position.

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Unless I am missing something does not either 58..Rxd4 or 58...Bxd4 work? If 58...Rxe4, I do not see a defense.

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  ajk68: <Jimfromprovidence> Whoops, meant Re1.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <What does black do if 54... g4 55. hxg4 h3 56. Rh1, ?

If 56...Rd4 57. R<e>1 h2 58. g3 and I don't see anything for black.>


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Now you have overworked pieces. Your rook has to move, losing a piece. Nice thought.

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  ajk68: <jimfromprovidence>: maybe I'm being dense, but Re2 gets the rook to a safe square. The bishop still protects h1.
Jan-17-14  nariga: Why wont this work?

54 ..g4 55.hxg4 h3 56.g3 Rf8? 57.Kd3

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  ajk68: <nariga>: who are you trying to solve the puzzle for?

Why would white play g3 at that point? Rh1 would be stronger.

Why do you give Rf8 a question mark? It's black to play in this puzzle. Normally you don't have the solution include dubious moves.

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  ajk68: <nariga>: After 57. Kd3 h2! forcing 58. Ke2, but then 58...Rxf3 59. Kxf3 Bxe4 60. Kxe4 Bg1! and the pawn queens.
Jan-18-14  nariga: <ajk68> my apologies- I am just a novice trying to learn soemthing here. I was trying to see how white can defend himself. Your earlier posts on g3 triggered my thoughts-but as you showed, they dont work. However, what you have posted does seem to work with Re1/Re2 etc.
Jan-18-14  dusk: <ajk68> After 58... Bb4 59. Re2, I believe 59... Bxe4+ wins.

1) 60. Bxe4 Rxe4 61. Rxe4 h8=Q

2) 60. Rxe4 Rd2+ ... 61... Rf2

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  ajk68: <dusk>: agreed, except 61...Rf2 should get at least an exclamation point. It is the critical move in the variation.


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