Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 6: Fabiano Caruana – Etienne Bacrot 1-0

The sixth round at the Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 saw Italian Grandmaster Fabiana Caruana go for the Scotch opening with which he has beaten Vladimir Kramnik in the past. Caruana said his preparation ended after 21.f3, but he went all out to convert to a R+B vs R+N endgame with an extra pawn. Bacrot was hoping to take advantage of the pin along the a-file. Caruana saw some counterplay after 36.bxc4 Ne4, when the Knight starts jumping around, and “decided to go with 36.b4 which is winning”. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog.

Caruana, Fabiano (2774) – Bacrot, Etienne (2725)

Result: 1-0
Site: Thessaloniki
Date: 2013.05.28

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