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Ding Liren vs Fabiano Caruana
"Tell Me Some Ding Good" (game of the day Feb-03-2020)
Sinquefield Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Fianchetto Defense (D37)  ·  1-0



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Aug-26-19  not not: Let's hope Ding can show up at Candidates
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  dernier loup de T: Yes!!
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  dernier loup de T: Waoh!! What a game! Splendid!
Aug-26-19  Pedro Fernandez: Extraordinary game by Liren, congratulations for him!!
Aug-26-19  Diana Fernanda: Ding Loren Is Máster, you play Is nivel le el
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  Check It Out: Great game!
Aug-26-19  Pedro Fernandez: And also to <BOSTER> who predicted this result!
Aug-26-19  csmath: Yet another very powerful loss of Caruana to Ding. You can feel how difficult is to play against this calculating machine.
Aug-26-19  Steve.Patzer: After 31. f4, Stockfish envisions a draw with Nd7.
Aug-26-19  csmath: That position is where Caruana lost the thread of the game and put himself in a bad game. 33rd and 37th move as well.
Aug-26-19  csmath: Ding machine sequence was from move 38 on and Caruana just could not keep up and finally messed up with 45. ...Qc2?
Aug-26-19  YesChess1010: STELLAR
Aug-27-19  csmath: However the move 37. ... Qb4!! is absolutely a complete study.

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Try to sort this out if you can!

You have two main lines:

38. Rxf7
38. Rc8

For example 38. Rxf7 Qb1! is just insane.

Just run through all the lines and see how fantastic would be to calculate that all. NOBODY can do that, it is extremely hard to sort it out.

His best practical chance was 31. ...Nd7. The equalizing move 33. ...Qxa6! is harder to see, and the equalizing move 27. ...Qb4!! is next to impossible to sort out.

Aug-27-19  csmath: This whole game is absolutely amazing, it is not spotless but it is very, very hard to play as it is.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Try to arrange your attack so that when the fire is out, it isn't out." Don't know who said that, but it applies to this game. Remarkable how Ding Liren's pressure increased with every piece exchange until Caruana finally cracked.
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> Winter traces the quote back to Pillsbury
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  tpstar: Masterful QRRN vs QRRN game with precise technique.

<Pawn offer!> White set a trap with 32. Qf3 as 32 ... Qxa6? loses to 33. Qa8:

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1) 33 ... Rxc8? 34. Rxc8+ forces 34 ... Qxc8 as 34 ... Kh7 35. Rh8#.

2) 33 ... Qd6 34. Rxd8+ Qxd8 35. Rc8 wins Q for R.

3) 33 ... Qa5 34. Nc6.

4) 33 ... Qb6 34. Nc4.

Great game!

Aug-27-19  Ulhumbrus: After 26 Ne5 both knights occupy a central post but White's N can help White's rook to attack f7 by Rc7, as the commentator GM Ashley indicated, whereas Black's N gives no such assistance to Black's rook.
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  HeMateMe: All Dinged up! Well done.
Sep-01-19  The Boomerang: Ding 'Precision' Liren....
Sep-01-19  bubuli55: “The Proof is in the Pudding”
Sep-03-19  RookFile: If black had pulled this off this would have been the most amazing tight rope walk I've ever seen.
Feb-03-20  Pyrandus: Ding Liren is a Champion?
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Feb-03-20  Pyrandus: Yah! Chaka Khan!
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