Caruana on His Last Two Games: "We Both Didn't See It!"

Время публикации: 22.01.2016 22:05 | Последнее обновление: 23.01.2016 03:20

In round 6, one of the leaders of 2016 Tata Steel Chess Masters Fabiano Caruana saved a difficult position against Wesley So. This draw allowed Magnus Carlsen to catch him and Ding Liren, whilst the Chinese had reached Fabiano the day before (as he won impressively against Karyakin).

When Caruana was commenting on his round 6 game for Chess-News, it turned out that in the 5th round in Amsterdam he had also been in danger. That was quite a surprise for the CN reporter, GM Andrey Deviatkin, since he thought the Caruana - Hou Yifan game was rather placid.

However, first things first:

Fabiano Caruana: I think that my 18...Qc6 [against So] was a mistake. Initially I wanted to take on e4... I just missed that in the game after 21.cxd4, 21...Nxe4 loses to 22.Ne5 Qd5 23.Rxe4! Qxe4 24.Qxe6+ and 25.Nf7+. Then it suddenly became very difficult; I had to play 21...Nd7 to save my material and got into just a very unpleasant position".

Andrey Deviatkin: Do you think he could have posed more problems than he did?

FC: "Yeah, I was very lucky to have this 29...c4! idea.

Without it, it'd be very bad - but after that, if I get my pawn on c3 then I have pretty good counterplay. Naturally, he took the pawn - 30.Re4 Qf5 31.Qxc4 - but I had 31...b5! which liquidates quite a bit, and the worst I can get is now "3 against 2". And at this point I should make a draw.

AD: Do you think that the "3 vs 2" is normally a draw?

FC: Yeah, without queens it's a theoretical draw, and I didn't see any way for him to take advantage of having queens on the board, because I also have counterplay with ...Nf6 or ...Nf4.

AD: Okay, I see. And a question about the yesterday's game. Do you think that Hou outplayed you after the opening? It seemed so at some point, when she had those "3 against 2" on the kingside. Or was it balanced?

FC: I think it was more or less equal until I just blundered by playing 35.Rh5.

AD: Umm...

FC: But if I don't do that it's just a draw - and after that I was just losing in one move. We both didn't see this.

After 35.Rh1-h5? she can play 35...Bf7! 36.Rxg5 Kf6. I can't go back with the rook because 36...f4 is mate. So I really have to take on g5, then 36...Kf6 37.Kf4 Bg6! 38.Bh5 Bh7 - I'm just stuck with my rook, while her rook comes in to d2; White can maybe resist for a bit but would lose in the end.

AD: We have missed it on our website. Thank you!

Find both of the games in the viewer.

2016 Tata Steel Masters: the crosstable, schedule, all games, etc.

[Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.21"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2673"] [PlyCount "158"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Be6 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. h4 h6 11. a3 Rg8 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 c5 14. Qf4 d5 15. Qg3 O-O-O 16. Be2 g5 17. hxg5 hxg5 18. Rh7 Qa4 19. Kb1 Rd7 20. Bc1 Bd6 21. Qd3 Bf4 22. Be3 Bxe3 23. Qxe3 Qe4 24. Qxe4 dxe4 25. Kc1 Rxd1+ 26. Kxd1 Kd7 27. Kd2 Kd6 28. Bh5 Ke7 29. Ke3 Kf6 30. Be2 Kg6 31. Rh1 f5 32. g3 Rd8 33. a4 Kf6 34. a5 Ke5 35. Rh5 Rg8 36. f4+ exf3 37. Bxf3 Rg7 38. Rh8 Re7 39. Ra8 a6 40. Rd8 f4+ 41. gxf4+ gxf4+ 42. Kf2 Rc7 43. Rb8 Bc8 44. c4 Kd6 45. c3 Ke5 46. Bd5 Kf6 47. Kf3 Kf5 48. b3 Ke5 49. b4 cxb4 50. cxb4 Kf5 51. Ke2 Ke5 52. Kd3 Bf5+ 53. Kd2 Kd4 54. Rf8 Ke5 55. Kc3 Re7 56. Rh8 Be4 57. Rh5+ Kd6 58. Kd4 Bxd5 59. Rxd5+ Kc6 60. Rc5+ Kd6 61. Rf5 Rh7 62. Rf6+ Kc7 63. Rxf4 Rh5 64. Rf7+ Kc6 65. Rf6+ Kc7 66. Re6 Rg5 67. Re5 Rg6 68. b5 axb5 69. cxb5 Rg1 70. Re7+ Kb8 71. b6 Rd1+ 72. Kc5 Rc1+ 73. Kd6 Rd1+ 74. Ke6 Re1+ 75. Kd7 Rxe7+ 76. Kxe7 Ka8 77. Kd7 Kb8 78. Kd8 Ka8 79. a6 Kb8 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.22"] [Round "6.4"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "159"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 a6 7. Re1 Ba7 8. a4 Be6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. Qb3 Qc8 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. Rxe3 O-O 13. Nbd2 Na5 14. Qa2 c5 15. d4 c4 16. b4 cxb3 17. Nxb3 Nc4 18. Ree1 Qc6 19. Nc5 dxc5 20. Qxc4 exd4 21. cxd4 Nd7 22. a5 Rac8 23. d5 exd5 24. exd5 Qd6 25. Re6 Qf4 26. Re4 Qd6 27. Rb1 Rb8 28. Re6 Qf4 29. Qe2 c4 30. Re4 Qf5 31. Qxc4 b5 32. axb6 Nxb6 33. Qe2 Nxd5 34. Rxb8 Rxb8 35. Re8+ Rxe8 36. Qxe8+ Qf8 37. Qe6+ Qf7 38. Qxa6 h6 39. Qc8+ Kh7 40. h4 Qg6 41. Qb8 Qe4 42. Qb7 Qf5 43. Qb5 Qe4 44. Nd2 Qe1+ 45. Nf1 Nf6 46. Qd3+ Kg8 47. g3 Kf7 48. Kg2 Qe4+ 49. Qxe4 Nxe4 50. Ne3 h5 51. Kf3 Nc5 52. Nd5 g6 53. Nf4 Kf6 54. Ke3 Kf5 55. f3 Nd7 56. Nd3 Nf8 57. Nc5 Ke5 58. g4 hxg4 59. fxg4 Nh7 60. Nd3+ Ke6 61. Kf4 Nf6 62. Kg5 Kf7 63. Nf4 Kg7 64. Ne6+ Kf7 65. Nc5 Kg7 66. Kf4 Nd5+ 67. Ke5 Ne3 68. Kf4 Nd5+ 69. Ke4 Nf6+ 70. Kf3 Nd5 71. Nd3 Kf6 72. Nf2 Ke6 73. Ke4 Nf6+ 74. Kf4 Kf7 75. Ke5 Ke7 76. g5 Nd7+ 77. Kf4 Ke6 78. Ng4 Nb6 79. Nf6 Nc4 80. Ke4 1/2-1/2 


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