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Fabiano Caruana vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 4, Aug-20
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Aug-20-13
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  kingscrusher: Intriguing how black lost so quickly
Aug-20-13  Marmot PFL: Nerves I guess. 20...f5?? is hard to explain.
Aug-20-13  savagerules: Maybe that one and only chess book Granda ever read forgot to explain the en passant rule. Anyhow I expect him to make a strong effort tomorrow to try to tie this up like he did against Giri when he lost the first game to him because of a blunder.
Aug-20-13  Marmot PFL: Black didn't think white would take e.p. and expose his queen 21 ef6 Qxe2 22 Bxe2 Rxe2 (22...Rxd1+ 23 Bxd1) but 23 Rxd8+ Kxd8 24 f7 wins
Aug-20-13  notyetagm: Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId...

<Fabiano Caruana (right) obtained a complex position against Julio Granda Zuniga. The Italian pointed to 16...Bxc3 as an innacuracy, but it seems that <<<Black's position was manageable until his blunder with 20...f5?? Black counted on a pin to discourage the en passant, but simple tactics allowed White to capture this pawn and immediately win the game>>> as Black had nothing better than to resign since the pin was nothing but a ghost.>

Aug-20-13  notyetagm: Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

<Marmot PFL: Black didn't think white would take e.p. and expose his queen 21 ef6 Qxe2 22 Bxe2 Rxe2 (22...Rxd1+ 23 Bxd1) but <<<23 Rxd8+ Kxd8 24 f7 wins>>>>

(VARIATION)


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24 f6-f7 <pawn promotion>


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Granda Zuniga missed Game Collection: PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK and had to resign immediately.

Aug-20-13  notyetagm: Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

Game Collection: THE PASSED PAWN IS A CRIMINAL WHICH MUST BE KEPT <UNDER LOCK AND KEY> 20 .. f7-f5?? 21 e5xf6e.p.!1-0 creates terrible passed criminal

Aug-20-13  Kaspablanca: Can Granda hold with ...21Qf7?
Aug-20-13  notyetagm: Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

21 e5xf6e.p.! 1-0


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(CONTINUATION)
21 ... ♕e6-f7


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<Kaspablanca: Can Granda hold with ...21Qf7?>

Not in the long run. Black is *completely* lost.

Let's enumerate why.

1) White's king is safe.

2) 20 ... f7-f5?? 21 e5xf6e.p.! gives White an extra passed pawn supported by a rook behind it to help push it forward

3) Black's queenside pawn structure is ruined; he has three ugly <ISOLATED PAWNS>. In particular, the Black c5-pawn, fixed on a dark square, will be extremely hard to defend from the unopposed White dark-squared bishop in the endgame.

4) White has the <BISHOP PAIR> with an <OPEN CENTRE> which will soon rule the whole board

5) the Black a4-knight is <OFFISDE> and will never reach the <OUTPOST> on the d4-sq

Grands Zuniga chose to resign and save his energy for his must-win game tomorrow rather than play out this hopelessly lost position.

Aug-20-13  notyetagm: Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

Does anyone have a <HOUDINI EVAL> after the continuation above, 21 e5xf6e.p.! 1-0 ♕e6-f7 ???

(CONTINUATION)
21 e5xf6e.p.! 1-0 ♕e6-f7


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My guess is something like <+3.00>.

Thanks

Aug-20-13  Sihlous: The chessdom relay was at +2.13.
Aug-20-13  csmath: Schmidt Scotch is usually considered pretty good line for black. In my case this is always what I play against white that plays Scotch when I play "open games" (1. e4 e5). I generally considered that satisfactory opening for me as black.

However "6. e5 line" ("Mieses") which Caruana used to beat Kramnik and Granda is the trickiest and the most positionally demanding for black.

10. ...Bb4 is the move I personally do not like although it is played on the top level. Caruana has beaten Bacrot in this line as well though Bacrot castled kingside as opposed to Granda. I consider the position after 15 moves better for white regardless of engine evaluations. I think most master players would consider this position uncomfortable for black.

17....g6?! is unnecessary and subtle positional error weaking pawns on kingside

Here black position is already difficult.

20. ...f5??

is unfortunate blunder probably due to Granda being nervous under presure.

Caruana is a Scotch player so he has analyzed this in his preparation and uses his analyses to beat world class players.

I was often asked by young players "how do you study positional chess"?

Caruana is the answer. You have to study openings because only in the openings you would study positions systematically. Caruana is doing that and he is extremely hard to beat for any positional player because he is constantly improving and his knowledge of openings is absolutely amazing

Aug-21-13
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  whiteshark: "Fabiano Caruana obtained a complex position against Julio Granda Zuniga.

The Italian pointed to <16...Bxc3> as an innacuracy, but it seems that Black's position was manageable until his blunder with <20...f5??> Black counted on a pin to discourage the en passant, but simple tactics allowed White to capture this pawn and immediately win the game as Black had nothing better than to resign since the pin was nothing but a ghost."

http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId...

Aug-21-13  notyetagm: <Sihlous: The chessdom relay was at +2.13.>

Chessbomb's <HOUDINI 3 X64> at depth 26 says <+2.97>. I evaluated the position as <+3.00>.

Houdini agrees with me. :-)

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