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    February 10, 2020

    Caruana vs Firouzja

    In Week 5 of the PRO Chess League on chess.com, St. Louis met the ChessBrahs. Fabiano Caruana is on first board for the former and Alireza Firouzja on first board for the ChessBrahs.

    GM Alireza Firouzja played the game of the season against Caruana. He sacrificed a piece with ...Nxc2 and went on to win in impressive fashion against the number two player in the world. This 16-year-old superstar is shining brighter every day.

    Round 5, Feb. 3, 2020
    Live Chess, 15+2
    Caruana, Fabiano – Firouzja, Alireza
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Nc4 Nd7 8.b3 O-O 9.Bb2 Re8 10.O-O b6 11.g3 a5 12.a4 Ba6 13.Ne3 Bc5 14.Qe2 f6 15.Nh4 Nf8 16.Kh1 Qd7 17.Rad1 Rad8 18.Nhg2 Ne6 19.f4 Nd4 20.Qh5 Qf7 21.Qxf7+ Kxf7 22.fxe5 Rxe5 23.Rd2 Ree8 24.g4 Nxc2 25.Nxc2 Rxd3 26.Rfd1 Rxb3 27.Bd4 Bd6 28.g5 c5 29.Ba1 Rxe4 30.gxf6 gxf6 31.Rf2 Re2 32.Rxf6+ Ke7 33.Re1 Rxe1+ 34.Ngxe1 Bb7+ 35.Kg1 Rh3 36.Rf2 Bc6 37.Re2+ Kd7 38.Ne3 Bxa4 39.Ng4 Bd1 40.Nf6+ Kc6 41.Rd2 Bb3 42.Nd3 c4 43.Ne5+ Kb7 44.Kg2 Rh6 45.Rf2 b5 46.Ne4 b4 47.Bd4 c3 48.Be3 Re6 49.Nxd6+ Rxd6 50.Kg3 Bd5 51.Nd3 b3 52.Nc5+ Kc6 53.Rf8 b2 54.Rb8 Rg6+ 55.Kf4 Rg8 56.Rb7 Rf8+ 57.Kg5 Rf1 58.Ra7 b1=Q 0-1

    Position after 24….Nxc2

    



    Firouzja shocked Caruana with 24...Nxc2!

    The game sent shockwaves around the Twitterverse, as even FIDE jumped in to congratulate the young star on his win. Firouzja has been catching fire lately on the back of eye-catching performances at World Rapid & Blitz 2019 as well as Tata Steel Masters 2020.

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