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Fabiano Caruana vs Pavel Eljanov
European Club Cup (2011), Rogaska Slatina SLO, rd 7, Oct-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  0-1


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  wordfunph: watch and enjoy the final lethal blows by GM Eljanov :)



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  Domdaniel: The Black King might have invaded even more deeply if the game had continued, eg 57.Ng3+ Kh4 58.Nxf5+ exf5 and White has no way of preventing ...Rcf2# or ...Rh3#.

A very nice King incursion by Eljanov.

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  Gilmoy: This is why I utterly detest weakside pawn creep plans like <17..a5 18.a3 Rc8 21..Rc4 22..b4>. Black dogpiles on the backward c-pawn, and uses its immobility as a springboard to <get to the 7th> first.

<21.Re3> blinked on defense, and White's Rs never sniffed a forward threat for the rest of the game.

Hence the chess maxim <do unto others first> :)

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  Domdaniel: <Gilmoy> You 'utterly detest' these 'pawn creep plans'? Seems a tad strong. Were you bitten by one?

I think there's nothing like a good pawn creep. But I have no particular animosity towards the more macho alternatives.

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  Gilmoy: <Domdaniel: Were you bitten by one?> A hundred such have feasted upon me, sipped at my tears and nested within my flesh. Oh, the tickling!! (and breathing hurts when your diaphragm is diaphanous)

And I've crushed equally many (if not more) like kingsided fishies while they were patzering around and wasting time. But that's getting closer to my point: the outcome seems <weakly correlated> to the attempt, like spending six moves to flip a coin. It begets a four-sided dilemma: <Has he advantage and shall I dignify?>, conversely <see how YOU like it / vat you will mates me first>. As a Calvinist once said: <either way I've got the heebie-jeebies> ...

Maybe it requires "only" an ability to correctly evaluate pawn islands and isolani from 7-9 moves away. That would be reason enough to hate it! Yet worse is that fish are, perforce, no weaker than you at it, because he has a d6 and calls odds or evens. So a woodpusher does it with habit in lieu of plan (and no great success rate to back up either), while you're in dzechiel PotD multi-sac mode. Suddenly you're out of clock, you have nothing, and <he's winning on the Q-side>. Chucky laughs: Well if you let him grub <five> of them --. Anand smiles "Ah!", Garry grabs his head, Naka goes through three stages of grief. Bobby says: tsk you're supposed to mate him <long before> then --

Almost I would stand on my chair and say -- something. What to do, what to do ... and preferably <not requiring homework> ...

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  Domdaniel: < Naka goes through three stages of grief> Like Nixon on the beach at San Clemente, deleting expletives from his denial as he struggles to recognize his assassinated self. What chessplayer - using the terms 'chess' and 'player' loosely - does not recognize the situation?

I don't actually like 'crushing' people, but I admit that I've made small boys cry. Some of them grew up to be masters, however, so maybe I contributed something to the toughening process.

One needs a stout cortex for that sort of thing.

Last time I saw a *four-sided dilemma*, btw, was in hyperspace.

Feb-15-12  King Death: < Domdaniel: ...I don't actually like 'crushing' people, but I admit that I've made small boys cry. Some of them grew up to be masters, however, so maybe I contributed something to the toughening process...>

Bobby Fischer you ain't, he loved to watch em squirm. Did any of those kids pay you back when they grew up some?

<...One needs a stout cortex for that sort of thing.>

Mine's mush after sitting at the green felt battling top poker players at the WSOP every year I go.

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