A Monster Bishop! | Sergey Karjakin vs Fabiano Caruana : World Championship Candidates (2018), rd 12

A Monster Bishop! | Sergey Karjakin vs Fabiano Caruana : World Championship Candidates (2018), rd 12

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[Event “World Championship Candidates”]
[Site “0:44:33-0:48:33”]
[Date “2018.03.24”]
[EventDate “2018.03.10”]
[Round “12”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Sergey Karjakin”]
[Black “Fabiano Caruana”]
[ECO “C42”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “95”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Nc6
7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 Be6 9.O-O-O Qd7 10.a3 h6 11.Nd4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4
Rg8 13.Be2 c5 14.Be3 d5 15.f4 O-O-O 16.Bf3 Bg4 17.Bxd5 Bxd1
18.Rxd1 Qc7 19.c4 Rge8 20.Qf2 b6 21.g4 Bf6 22.Kb1 Rd7 23.Rd3
g5 24.Ka2 Ree7 25.Qf3 Kd8 26.Bd2 Kc8 27.Qf1 Rd6 28.fxg5 Bxg5
29.Bxg5 hxg5 30.Qf5+ Rdd7 31.Qxg5 Qe5 32.Qh6 Kd8 33.g5 Qd6
34.Qh8+ Re8 35.Qh4 Qg6 36.Qg4 Re5 37.h4 Ke7 38.Rd2 b5 39.Bxf7
Qf5 40.Rxd7+ Kxd7 41.Qxf5+ Rxf5 42.g6 Ke7 43.cxb5 Rh5 44.c4
Rxh4 45.a4 Rg4 46.a5 Kd6 47.a6 Kc7 48.Kb3 1-0

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Wiki’s info on ‘exchange sacrifice’ :

The exchange sacrifice
An exchange sacrifice occurs when one player gives up a rook for a minor piece. It is often used to destroy the enemy pawn structure (as in several variations of the Sicilian Defence where Black captures a knight on c3 with a rook), to establish a minor piece on a strong square (often threatening the enemy king), to improve one’s own pawn structure (creating, for example, connected passed pawns such as in A Yurgis vs. Botvinnik, 1931), or to gain time for development. The exchange sacrifice contrasts with other sacrifices in that during the early-middle to middle game the board is sufficiently crowded to where the rook is not as effective as an active knight or a good bishop, this is why such exchange sacrifices happen usually from moves 20 to 30, and rarely occur in the later moves. When they do occur in the endgame, it is usually to create and promote a passed pawn (Soltis 2004:115). Subsequently, the relative importance of the pieces might be different than the standardized Chess piece relative value system and takes advantage of the fluctuating values of the pieces during the progression of the game. The sacrifice might also be used to increase the influence of one’s own minor pieces by eliminating opposition from their counterparts (such as in the Petrosian versus Spassky game below, where even a double exchange sacrifice was successful). A common example of this idea is the elimination an opponent’s bishop, with the expectation that in doing so one’s own bishop will increase in power from being unopposed on the color squares in which it resides. There is often more dynamic play and positional considerations such as pawn structure or piece placement compared to sacrifices due to a mating attack or a pawn sacrifice to gain the initiative. Sometimes the exchange can be sacrificed purely on long term positional objectives, as frequently demonstrated by former world champion Tigran Petrosian.

World chess candidates 2018 info:

Qualification path Player Age Rating
(Mar. 2018)[5] World ranking
(Mar. 2018)
Runner-up of the World Chess Championship 2016 match Russia Sergey Karjakin 28 2763 13
The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2017 Armenia Levon Aronian 35 2794 5
China Ding Liren 25 2769 11
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2017 Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 32 2809 2
Russia Alexander Grischuk 34 2767 12
The top two players with highest average 2017 rating who played in World Cup or Grand Prix United States Fabiano Caruana[4] 25 2784 8
United States Wesley So[4] 24 2799 4
Wild card nomination by the organisers Agon, with FIDE rating at least 2725 in any FIDE published rating list in 2017 Russia Vladimir Kramnik[4] 42 2800 3

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