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Fabiano Caruana vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-25
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Jan-25-20  sp12: 43. ef6 Rxd4 44. Ra7
Jan-25-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Not to worry, <boz>, no one saw 42.Nf6, which Black a few fighting chances, with moves like ...Ng4+ and ...Rb3+. He will probably lose, but Super-GMs always seems to have one last defense up until the moment they resign.
Jan-25-20  devere: It seems that 44...Bxf6 45. Rc7 Ba8 46. Rxf7+ Kg8 47. Rxf6 Rxd6 48. Rxh6 is probably resignable on their level. Let's see what happens.
Jan-25-20
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  moronovich: Poor Giri,he seems to chose between a million checks ..
Jan-25-20
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  diceman: <devere: It seems that 44...Bxf6 45. Rc7 Ba8 46. Rxf7+ Kg8 47. Rxf6 Rxd6 48. Rxh6 is probably resignable on their level.>

The only thing not clear to me is why the bishop has to go to a8?

Jan-25-20  LameJokes: Yes devere. But can't black play 47...Kg7 defending h6 and attacking rook on f6 and only then take rd6.
Jan-25-20  LameJokes: yes ne8 is winning for white
Jan-25-20  boz: Englishman, the resourcefulness of top GMs never ceases to astonish me.
Jan-25-20
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  diceman: <diceman:

The only thing not clear to me is why the bishop has to go to a8?>

Duda didn't know why either. :)

Jan-25-20  devere: Duda picked a different way to lose.

A great achievement by Fab winning this tournament with a round to spare!

Jan-25-20
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  diceman: <devere: Duda picked a different way to lose.

A great achievement by Fab winning this tournament with a round to spare!>

I guess that means no one can catch him.

Jan-25-20
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  offramp: Carlsen and Caruana seem to be miles ahead of all other players at the moment.
Jan-25-20
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  moronovich: Congratulations to Caruana for taking Tata 2020 !

And in grand style.

What a warm-up for the Candidates.

Jan-25-20
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  chancho: Well deserved tournament win by Fabiano Caruana.

He escaped Anand's clutches in round 8 and then won 2 games with 1 draw to take the trophy.

For all the talk about Ding being the challenger I think it will be Fabi who sits across from Magnus for the title in November.

Should be a better match than their first one.

(knocks on wood)

Jan-25-20  Pedro Fernandez: This decrees the victory of GM Fabiano Caruana in Wijk Aan Zee, congratulations!
Jan-25-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Yes indeed, Caruana has clinched 1st place all for himself. Quite an achievement!
Jan-25-20  ndg2: I hate live games, can't download the PGN yet
Jan-25-20
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  offramp: <ndg2: I hate live games, can't download the PGN yet>

I think you can. At the right of the board there is a REVIEW GAME link.

Go to that and then, below the board, there is a link to VIEW the PGN.

Jan-25-20
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  MissScarlett: <ndg2: I hate live games, can't download the PGN yet> First world problems.
Jan-25-20  ndg2: First world people are people, too!
Jan-25-20  ndg2: Thanks, offramp!
Jan-25-20  Imran Iskandar: <chancho: He escaped Anand's clutches in round 8 and then won 2 games with 1 draw to take the trophy.>

Won 3 games, even!

Jan-25-20  Ulhumbrus: It may be that the move 42...Nf6 is an act of desperation after Duda sees no way to save the game. It makes a combination. However in the position reached at the end of the combination after 44...Bxf6 Caruana is able to start a winning attack by 45 Rc7 and then to make a combination of his own by 47 Rxh8.
Jan-25-20
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  chancho: You're right.

He beat Anand, drew Vituigov, and then beat Firouzja, Kovalev, and Duda in succession.

Jan-26-20  MordimerChess: Seems like the Semi-Slav idea to set up a6, b5, c6 + c5 would be the most solid approach. White tries to stop it, black try to achieve it. Pushing b4 early, considered as a strongest move in the engine, brings both sides to double edged territory. Very complicated on both sides but Duda got some pieces pinned or tided which allowed Caruana (after sacrifice of one pawn) win whole Queen Side. Seems like decisive were the moment where Duda didn't go for natural in this position Rfd8 and then after 40 minutes thinking reacted not really great to a3. His Rb8 was too passive, taking on a3 would maybe not change the game dramatically but the pieces had a chance to be cemented and get kind of coordination.

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