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Fabiano Caruana vs Peter Svidler
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 2, Jun-04
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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Jun-04-14  chessdgc2: ajile: I wasn't happy about a draw either, but truly, there was noother way to decide the game without serious risks
Premium Chessgames Member We're happy to switch to another game. If you want to see brutality, Topalov-Grischuk looks like it might get ugly.
Jun-04-14  ajile: < We're happy to switch to another game. If you want to see brutality, Topalov-Grischuk looks like it might get ugly.>

You are scaring me but go ahead..

Jun-04-14  DcGentle: Great, <> :-)
Jun-04-14  Marmot PFL: Looks like Topalov is losing a knight.
Jun-04-14  ajile: <Shams: <cg> What does Fabiano have to do to earn a personalized dancing rook? Can "we" make that happen?>

I have the software to do it.

Jun-04-14  Memethecat: I enjoyed that. Cheerio folks
Jun-04-14  chessdgc2: It showed a "draw" on my screen at first, so I thought Svid and Caruana drew, but it switched to a win for White. What a sad finish for Svid!
Jun-04-14  Marmot PFL: Caruana surely must be back above 2800?
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  whiteshark: live-rating of <2800.5> according to a tweet at
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  Sally Simpson: Well that was exiting. The posts appeared in this order.

WBP: They drew???

Shams: Svidler resigned.

Marmot PFL: Draw? Should be an interesting conference.....

AylerKupp: A draw!

Ulhumbrus: It is not a draw. Svidler has resigned.

I was too late in typing 'Black Won!' to complete the picture.

All we have to do now is find out who it was that played Tony Miles in a simul and we can all move on.

Jun-04-14  Garech: 38.Qb6+! was winning


Jun-04-14  solskytz: I suppose Carlsen's going to win tomorrow
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  HeMateMe: great, fighting chess. I wonder why svidler would let his position get so opened up that way. It looked dangerous from the git-go.
Jun-04-14  Ed Frank: Awesome game.
Jun-04-14  csmath: 10. ...Ne5!?

[Not a new move and in the spirit of Najdorf though the opening started as Taimanov Sicilian.]

11. ...b4!?

[Svidler keeps on playing Najdorf but he has no fast way to develop bishop on d7 since g5 is looming so this move is not as dangerous as it would have been in case of Najdorf.]

13. ...d5!
[This thematic break is just in time. One can recognize good Sicilian players when they find a proper timing for such a move.]

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14. Bf4! dxe4!
15. g5! hxg5
16. Rxg5 Nfd7
17. Rxg7 exf3

[Truly expertly played game.]

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18. Nxe6!

[Causing maximum discomfort.]

19. ...fxe6
20. Bd3
[Shooting for Bg6.]

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19.... Bf6?

[Perfectly natural and wrong move since 19. ...Rb8! was required as in 20. Bg6 Kd8 and now 21. Qe3 Rb5 22. c4 bxc3 23. Nxc3 Rxb2+ threatening fork Nc4+ and if 24. Ka1 then 24. ...Re2! 25. Nxe2 fxe2 26. Rxd7 (26. Qxe2? Qc3 and Nc4) Bxd7 27. Bxe5 Qc5 with equal game.]

Now giving material Svidler hopes for active play but his king is too exposed.

25. Nc5!
[exploiting awkward placement of black pieces.]

26. ...Rf8

[26. ...Rxh2 27. Nxd7 Rxd7 28. Qxe5 Rdd2 29. Rc1 was the alternative worth trying.]

27. ...Rdf5

[It still looks like black can pull it out. The trouble with 29. ...f2 30. a3! is that h-pawn leaves little hope of saving the game.]

In the following both are playing on f3 passer but after

38. ...Bd5?

white breaks in black back rank

39. Rc8! [Threatening c4] Ke5

and in the ending position:

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clearly c4 would be decisive, for example:

40. c4 Be4
41. Rg8 Rd7
42. Rg4

and bishop will fall.


Brilliant game by Caruana, one of the best played games in his career, extremely complicated but without any errors. Extraordinary chess.

Jun-04-14  SirRuthless: Someone was saying something about Fabiano's Sicilian. I assume they were talking about the black side of it then because this was a great performance all around. Great prep, great accuracy, great tenacity and great creativity. He simply broke Svidler on the day.
Jun-05-14  NeoIndian: <SirRuthless>. I agree. Video commentators mentioned deep preparation. But even so, I was amazed by Caruana's play in this complex postition, while I was trying to cluelessly analyze almost every single legal move to figure out what the heck was going on. Anybody would be proud to have played a game like this. And kudos to Svidler too. It takes two, you know.
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  Richard Taylor: Brilliant game. (By both players!) Typical of the English Attack where either side can win and games are rarely a draw, and combinations and creativity etc abound.

There are also of course "positional" reasons for the directions of play.

Jun-05-14  Ulhumbrus: After the two pawn advances 11...b4 and 12...h6 the black king is exposed to attack on either flank as well as in the centre, and so no matter where he is placed. This suggests that if one of the two pawn advances is necessary the other risks losing
Jun-05-14  Tartalacreme: <csmath :Perfectly natural and wrong move since 19. ...Rb8! was required as in 20. Bg6 Kd8 and now 21. Qe3 Rb5 22. c4 bxc3 23. Nxc3 Rxb2+ threatening fork Nc4+ and if 24. Ka1 then 24. ...Re2!> 24.Kxb2 Nc4+?? 25.Bxc4
Jun-05-14  NeoIndian: <Tartalacreme: <csmath :Perfectly natural and wrong move since 19. ...Rb8! was required as in 20. Bg6 Kd8 and now 21. Qe3 Rb5 22. c4 bxc3 23. Nxc3 Rxb2+ threatening fork Nc4+ and if 24. Ka1 then 24. ...Re2!> 24.Kxb2 Nc4+?? 25.Bxc4 > Which bishop is taking on c4? The bishop is now on g6. <csmath>'s analysis is correct.
Jun-06-14  kia0708: Here is a fascinating video analysis of this game:

it starts at 21:30 !

Jun-07-14  NeoIndian: Christoff (Chessexplained) analysis are always fascinating, as are most other contents on his channel. I have absolutely no clue why he isn't getting more viewers. Sometimes I feel like posting links to his vids all over
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  fredthebear: Here is GM Daniel King's video analysis:
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