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Caruana continues phenomenal series of wins

Fabiano Caruana of Italy continues fascinating with his unbelievable result at the strongest in chess history tournament in St. Louis. He won his seventh game in a row to extend perfect lead.

According Fabiano, he chose a calm opening and would be content with a draw, but... Once you analyse the game it is clear that at some point Caruana's rival Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ost control over the position. One of the reasons might be the time trouble French GM experienced already in the middle game. 

Queen's Gambit Declined
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.e3 0–0

6.Rc1 The most popular move is 6.Nf3, but being surprised with the opponent's opening choice, Vachier-Lagrave also decided to surprise. 6...Nbd7 Steader is 6...c5, as it was in Steiniz - Lasker encounter, St. Petereburg 1895, which continued as follows 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.Bd3?! (contemporary GMs preferred 10.Be2, which can also get 10...d4 with only a micro-initiative for White after the echanges, Каsparov - Karpov, 22nd wrold title match game, 1987) 10...d4!. 7.c5!? and the rivals moved into the yet minimally studied continuation. 7...Ne4 8.Bd3 f5 9.Nf3 c6

10.Ne5 In Kozhul - Lalic, Croatia 2013 the following variation took place 10.h3 Bf6 11.0–0 Qe8 12.Ne2 e5 13.dxe5 (13.Bh2!?) 13...Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Qxe5 16.b4 Bd7 with considerable chances for Black. 10...Nxe5 11.Bxe5 Bf6 Pretty unconvincing is 11...b6 12.b4 a5 (or 12...Nxc3 13.Rxc3 a5 14.b5!) because of 13.Na4! axb4 14.cxb6. 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Ne2 e5 14.Qa4 "a very strange move after which I grabbe dinitiative" - Caruana. "I just had to do castling - 14.0–0. The position is approximately equal, maybe I am a bit better" - Vachier-Lagrave. 14...exd4 (14...f4? 15.f3!) 15.Nxd4. Here Black can play 15...f4, Maxime thought he is better in this position, but after 16.Bxe4! dxe4 17.Qb3+ idea is 17...Kh8 18.f3 there still are to fight for.14...Qh4!

15.g3? Black's advanatge is obvious only after this mistake. White again had to go with the castling: 15.0–0, after which 15...Nd2!? (French considered 15...Nf6!? as a threat - the position is rather unclear) 16.Rfd1 Ne4 and 17.Rf1 leads to the repetition. 15...Qg4 16.Rf1 White should have tried to hold with 16.Qd1 and a possible continuation is 16...exd4 17.exd4 Qf3 18.0–0 Ng5 19.Nf4 Qxd1 20.Rcxd1 Nf3+ 21.Kg2 Nxd4 22.Ba6. 16...Ng5!

17.Kd2 Another doubtful decision. However, White is not feelign better after 17.Ng1 f4! 18.dxe5 fxg3 19.Qxg4 gxf2+ 20.Rxf2 Bxg4 21.Rg2 Nf3+ 22.Nxf3 Bxf3 with a better endgame for Black. Or 17.f4 exf4 (in 17...Nf3+ 18.Rxf3 Qxf3 19.dxe5 Qxe3 20.Qd4! White loses an exchange but organizes a blockage) 18.Rxf4 Qh5!. 17...Nf3+ 18.Kc3 Nxh2 19.Rh1 Nf3 White doesn't have a full compensation for the pawn. 20.Qa5 Better is 20.Ng1 or 20.b3. 20...Qg5 21.dxe5 Qe7! 22.Nd4 Nxe5

23.b3? Vachier-Lagrave defends c4-square, while he had to take care of something completely different. 23...b6! 24.cxb6 c5!. And White's position immediately gets hopeless. 25.Nb5 Bb7 26.bxa7 d4+ 27.exd4 Nxd3  / 27...cxd4+ is not a any better. 28.Kxd3 Bxh1 29.Rxc5 Qe4+ 30.Kc4 Qe2+ 31.Kb4 Qd2+ 32.Rc3 Bc6 33.a4 Bxb5 34.Kxb5 Qxd4 35.Rc7 Rfd8 36.Qb6 Rd5+ 37.Ka6 / 37.Rc5 gets 37...Qxc5+ 38.Qxc5 Rxc5+ 39.Kxc5 Rxa7 40.Kb6 Rf7 41.a5 g5 42.a6 h5. 37...Rd6

Caruana expected the rival to resign, however, Frnech GM decided to play with the pawns. 38.a5 Qd3+ 39.Kb7 Qd5+ In the commentary Vachier-Lagrave gave after the game he noted several times that the strength Caruana is showing at this competition is phenomenal and that he hasn't faced something like this ever before. 0–1 (Mikhail Goliubev's commentary)

In round 8 Caruana's rival will be the world champion who defeated Nakamura. Fabiano is three points ahead of Carlsen three rounds to go. The draw will be enough for Caruana to win the tournament, but if Italian wins again... Then the situation on the top of the world chess will definitely need rethinking. 

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.03"] [Round "7"] [White "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2801"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "D31"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Bf4 Nf6 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Nbd7 7. c5 Ne4 8. Bd3 f5 9. Nf3 c6 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. Bxe5 Bf6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Ne2 e5 14. Qa4 Qh4 15. g3 Qg4 16. Rf1 Ng5 17. Kd2 Nf3+ 18. Kc3 Nxh2 19. Rh1 Nf3 20. Qa5 Qg5 21. dxe5 Qe7 22. Nd4 Nxe5 23. b3 b6 24. cxb6 c5 25. Nb5 Bb7 26. bxa7 d4+ 27. exd4 Nxd3 28. Kxd3 Bxh1 29. Rxc5 Qe4+ 30. Kc4 Qe2+ 31. Kb4 Qd2+ 32. Rc3 Bc6 33. a4 Bxb5 34. Kxb5 Qxd4 35. Rc7 Rfd8 36. Qb6 Rd5+ 37. Ka6 Rd6 38. a5 Qd3+ 39. Kb7 Qd5+ 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.03"] [Round "7"] [White "Carlsen,M"] [Black "Nakamura,Hi"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2787"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "D10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Ne4 Qd5 7. Nd2 c3 8. bxc3 bxc3 9. Nb1 Qa5 10. Qc2 e5 11. Nf3 Na6 12. Nxe5 Nb4 13. Qb3 Be6 14. Bc4 c2 15. Bxe6 Nd3+ 16. Ke2 Nxe5 17. dxe5 fxe6 18. Qxe6+ Ne7 19. Nd2 Qd5 20. Qxd5 Nxd5 21. Ne4 Rb8 22. Bd2 Bb4 23. Rhc1 Bxd2 24. Nxd2 Nb4 25. Nf3 Ke7 26. Ne1 Rhd8 27. f4 c5 28. Nxc2 Nd3 29. Rcb1 Nb2 30. Ra2 Nxa4 31. Rxb8 Nc3+ 32. Kf3 Nxa2 33. Rb5 Nb4 34. Nxb4 cxb4 35. Rxb4 Ra8 36. Ke4 a5 37. Ra4 Kf7 38. g4 Ke7 39. f5 h6 40. h4 Kf7 41. e6+ Kf6 42. Rd4 Ke7 43. Rd7+ Kf8 44. e7+ Ke8 45. Rd8+ Rxd8 46. exd8=Q+ Kxd8 47. Kd5 Ke7 48. g5 a4 49. Kc4 hxg5 50. hxg5 Kd6 51. e4 Ke5 52. Kb4 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.03"] [Round "7"] [White "Topalov,V"] [Black "Aronian,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2805"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "D37"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. g3 dxc4 6. Bg2 Rb8 7. a4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Nd2 e5 10. Nxc4 exd4 11. Qxd4 Nc5 12. Qxd8 Rxd8 13. Bf4 Ne6 14. Be3 a6 15. Ne5 Bd6 16. Nc4 Bb4 17. Rfc1 Nd4 18. Bxd4 Rxd4 19. b3 c6 20. h3 Be6 21. e3 Rdd8 22. Ne2 g6 23. Nd4 Bd5 24. a5 h5 25. Ra4 Bc5 26. Bxd5 Rxd5 27. Ne2 Be7 28. Nc3 Rb5 29. Nd2 Rb4 30. Rxb4 Bxb4 31. Nc4 Rd8 32. Na2 Be7 33. Nc3 Nd5 34. Na4 Nb4 35. Kf1 Rd3 36. Rb1 Na2 37. Ra1 Nb4 38. Rb1 Na2 39. Ra1 Nb4 40. Rb1 1/2-1/2 

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