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Weekly chess column

Fabiano Caruana, who was born in Miami and now lives in Switzerland, won the Dortmund tournament in Germany this year and was, at this writing, tied for the lead in the Bilbao Masters Final. Here is Caruana’s victory, in the second round, against Sergey Karjakin.

In this game, Caruana as Black submitted to a Ruy Lopez, a historically powerful opening for White, in which White gets an early pin and Black has great trouble shaking off White’s king’s bishop. Here, Caruana pushed the bishop back to b3 where it took a bead on Black’s king. White then prepared a fortification for an attack in the center. Caruana found resources in the middle game on the queenside and managed to anchor his king’s bishop in hostile territory. Karjakin defended on the queenside and, with Karjakin pieces preoccupied there, Caruana sacked two exchanges and proceeded to open up the White’s king for burning.

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