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Karjakin, Sergey (2778) - Caruana, Fabiano (2773) [C78]
Grand Slam Final, Sao Paulo (2) 2012

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5
The Spanish Game or the Ruy Lopez.
3...a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5








   
7. c3
7. a4 is popular, e.g. 7. a4 Rb8 8. c3 d6 9. d4 Bb6 10. Na3 O-O 11. axb5 axb5 12. Nxb5 Bg4 13. Bc2 exd4 14. Nbxd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Nh5 17. Ra4 Qf6, with compensation for the pawn, Vallejo Pons, Francisco - Anand, Viswanathan, Grand Slam Final, Sao Paulo/Bilbao 2012.
7...d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nbd2 Bb7!?
A logical continuation with the idea to increase the pressure on the e4-pawn. The text is probably better than 10...h6, Navara, David - Caruana, Fabiano, Tata Steel, Wijk aan Zee 2012.
11. Re1 exd4!
After this strong move Black can activate his knight.
12. cxd4 Nb4








   
13. Qe2
A novelty. The alternatives are 13. d5 and 13. Qb1.
13...c5!
However Black has good counterplay.
14. a3 Nc6 15. d5 Ne7 16. h3 Re8 17. Bc2 Ng6 18. b3








   
18...Ba5!
A neat manoeuvre.
19. Rab1 Bc3 20. Rec1
After 20. Qd3 Qa5 21. Red1 Rab8 Black has a small advantage.
20...b4








   
21. a4?
White could try 21. axb4!? Bxb4.
21...a5 22. Bd3 h6!
Since the e4-pawn is weak and White cannot improve his structure Black has a strategically winning position.
23. Qd1?!
Probably 23. Rd1 is more stubborn.
23...Ba6! 24. Bc2
If 24. Bxa6 then 24...Rxa6 25. Qf1 Ra7 26. Rc2 and Black grabs the central pawn with 26...Nxe4.








   
24...Ra7!
Black intends ...Ra7-e7.
25. Kh2 Rae7
Black's rooks, bishops and knights are really powerful.
26. g4








   
26...Nxe4!!
Black sacrifices the exchange. Also possible but not so exciting is 26...Bxd2 27. Qxd2 (27. Nxd2 Nxd5! 28. exd5 Rxe3 29. fxe3 Rxe3) 27...Nxe4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4.
27. Nxe4 Rxe4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc2 Qe7 30. Rg1








   
30...Rxe3!!
Fantastic! Fabiano Caruana sacrifices the second exchange!
31. fxe3 Qxe3 32. Rbf1 Be2 33. Qf5 Bd3 34. Qd7 Be5+ 35. Kh1








   
35...Be4!
Black wins with two bishops versus two rooks. A positional and tactical masterpiece by Fabiano Caruana.
36. Qe8+ Nf8
White resigned. 0-1










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Karjakin, Sergey (2778) - Caruana, Fabiano (2773) [C78]
Grand Slam Final 5th/Sao Paulo/Bilbao (2) 2012

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nbd2 Bb7 11. Re1 exd4 12. cxd4 Nb4 13. Qe2 c5 14. a3 Nc6 15. d5 Ne7 16. h3 Re8 17. Bc2 Ng6 18. b3 Ba5 19. Rab1 Bc3 20. Rec1 b4 21. a4 a5 22. Bd3 h6 23. Qd1 Ba6 24. Bc2 Ra7 25. Kh2 Rae7 26. g4 Nxe4 27. Nxe4 Rxe4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc2 Qe7 30. Rg1 Rxe3 31. fxe3 Qxe3 32. Rbf1 Be2 33. Qf5 Bd3 34. Qd7 Be5+ 35. Kh1 Be4 36. Qe8+ Nf8 0-1


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