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Judit Polgar vs Karen Asrian
2nd European Championship (2001), Ohrid MKD, rd 8, Jun-09
Caro-Kann Defense: Maroczy Variation (B12)  ·  1-0


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Mar-28-05  Karpova: 33.ng7:!! (33...kg7: 34.qh6+ Kg8 35.rh3 nf8 36.rf6 qe7 37.g6)
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  OhioChessFan: 33.......Kxg7 34. Qh6+ Kg8 35. Rh3 Nf8 36. Rf6 Qe7 37. g6 Qxf6 0-1
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  OhioChessFan: 33.......Kxg7 34. Qh6+ Kg8 35. Rh3 Nf8 36. g6 1-0
Jan-25-09  notyetagm: 19 ?

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19 ♗f4-d6! <remove the guard: g7>

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  plang: 3 f3 has achieved more popularity in recent years. Despite occasional usage by players such as Alekhine and Smyslov several of my books on the Caro Kann don't even mention it. In previous games where 7 Nge2 was played Black responded with 7..Ba6; here he varied with 7..0-0 perhaps to avoid preparation. 9..c4? led to Black's light-squared bishop being being locked in; better would be 9..Ba6 10 Qe3..Bxc3 11 Nxc3..Bxf1 12 Rhxf1..Nc6 with unclear consequences. 12..dxe?! strengthened White's center; 12..Na6 is an alternative. 22..Nc5 23 Nf6+..gxf 24 Bf5! would have been winning foe White. 27 Rg3 with the idea of Rh3 would have been a more direct way to carry out the attack. Bad would have been 30 exf..Qxd5 31 fxg..Qd2+ 32 Kh1..fxg and if 33 Ng3? then 33..Rf2! wins for Black. White would have mated after 33..Kxg7 34 Qh6+..Kg8 35 Rh3..Nf8 36 g6..fxg 37 Rxf8+.

Instructive is how White on several occasions in the game declined to win material feeling that it was stronger to pursue a direct attack.

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