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Andrei Deviatkin vs Fabiano Caruana
Russian Team Championship (2009)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  0-1
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Apr-05-09  TrollKing: White was busted anyway, but 52. Ra1??
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Apr-06-09
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  Shams: Very nice technique-- Caruana's play looks Karpovian!
Apr-06-09
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  Sastre: I don't understand 22...d6 and then 23. f4. Why couldn't Caruana simply play 22...Rc7 for instance? What was wrong with the immediate 23.Bxc5?
Apr-06-09  crwynn: 22...d6 is logical, White threatens to get rolling with 23.c5 and a strong attack on the q-side. As for 23.f4 I'm sure White's reasoning was not so complicated: after 23.Bxc5 dc 24.b3 it's very hard to open lines for the rooks, because of Black's grip on the dark squares. 23.f4 seizes the e5 square and gets ready to open the position.

Well dark squares and such are all very nice, but that b2 pawn is pretty important. Without it his queenside is a terrible mess. And his line-opening with f5 did not actually lead to anything happy for him. So you are probably right about 23.f4.

23.b3 is interesting, threatening 24.f4 and 25.Bxc5, the same idea but without losing b2. After 23...Rc7 24.c5 dc 25.f4 (you could also recapture on c5 with an okay position but this is more ambitious, now if 25...Bd6 26.Bb5+ with compensation for the pawn) and White should at least be okay.

Apr-06-09  Strongest Force: This young man is allover the place. I hope he stays eager for chess.
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