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Fabiano Caruana vs Viktor Erdos
Italian Team Championship (2014), Condino ITA, rd 5, May-02
Spanish Game: Open. Open Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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May-02-14  beenthere240: When black opened the a file, he may have doubled white's pawns but he also created a world of hurt for himself.
May-02-14  Doniez: It looks like after 25.Nc5 all was easy for White. Gentleman behaviour by GM Erdos to allow Fabiano finish the mating combination
May-02-14  Omnias: Looks like his number was up.
May-03-14  notyetagm: Caruana vs V Erdos, 2014

<Omnias: Looks like his number was up.>

Only a mathematician will understand your joke. :-)


May-03-14  Doniez: <notyetagm> thanks for the link, now I understand the post from <Omnias>
May-03-14  Nicocobas: <Doniez> I don't understand the etiquette of resigning games. I thought that the proper thing to do when one's game was lost was to resign. It signified, "I'm lost and I know that you can mate me." Can you explain?
May-04-14  AnMN7: The end of this game is more of an anti-climax
May-04-14  Doniez: <Nicocobas> I read somewhere, and I will search in my archive, that sometimes when a player understands and sees on the board how he is going to be checkmated, it is a sort of "etiquette" to let the opponent finish the combination.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

Maybe it was an Inertia Mate. The lad was mated on move 41.

I don't know the time control, was Black concentrating on reaching move 40 and did not consider resigning.

Usually one allows a mate if it the result of a smart combination. I do.

Mind you the lead up play was good.


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I bet Black thought he had done it when White picked up his Queen because Qxa1 let's Black mate in two.

White slipped in Qb7+ first ( a move he must have seen coming) to pull the Bishop onto a less dangerous diagonal and then he took the Rook.

It's a position I'll store for next time I see one of my lot play a greedy thoughtless move and gets mated. Sit on your hands!

May-04-14  zakkzheng: Interesting to see the fact that Caruana didn't take the bishop for knight after having the development advantage and weak doubled a-pawns. Possibly the fact that Bb7 could be annoying could be the fact of why Caruana didn't play Qxe4.
May-04-14  zakkzheng: Qxe8 was a error by black and after that Qf7 was also a mistake. Rxe8 and Bf7 could have been better moves for black even if whites queen envades c7. Qf3 was a blunder, which makes three mistakes in a row!
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  Sally Simpson: I told you I would use that wee instructive stop-check move 33.Qb7+

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