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Fabiano Caruana vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 10, Oct-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0


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  PawnSac: Yet another nice win over the ..Bg6 Caro-Kann line. see also: The World vs Akobian, 2012
Oct-03-13  Shamot: Good game! Nice tactics by Caruana. It can make a good POTD at move 29.? white to play.
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  Domdaniel: A final twist: if 36...Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Bd5, then 38.Qf5+ wins the Bishop.
Oct-03-13  bravado1: Had Morozevich played instead of Tomashevsky - both players of similiar strength, his result would have probably been 3-3-4. The same score, but different type of games. I'm surprised by Tomashevsky's cautious strategy. He has a chance to demonstrate his ablities in a top tournament, but instead draws 9 games and loses 1.
Oct-03-13  csmath: T-sky choses Caro-Kann? Probably to avoid Scotch.

Of course Caruana plays Advance.

10. ...h5

[Novelty though hardly anything impressive. Tomashevsky probably expects difficult game against the opponent that needs a win.]

15. ...b5?!

[While black position looks "Semi-Slav" passive this particular move is not making it any better. Black loses pawn with hardly any compensation.]

22. Bc3?!

[Caruana is probably shooting for the ending with as little pieces as possible. While this is a practical decision it is not motivated by the position. 22. Qe1 looks as a better alternative and with the same idea of exchange but on more favorable terms either getting the exchange on a5 or on on a1 but with white queen controlling a-file.]

24. ...c5!?

[Black is also in some hurry? 24. ...Nxc3 looks more solid as white is going to have a long way to make anything happen.]

27. ...Bc5?

[Strange decision. But even without the following tactics black is assisting white with his desire to simplify the game. This cannot be considered favorable on any grounds.]

29. Nxe6!

[Effective tactical strike.]

32. ...Bh7
[Black was probably under the impression that this will solve his problems.]

33. Qe8 Bg8
34. e6!

[Caruana sees further, the pawn cannot be stopped without material loss. The game is over.]

Very nice tactical strike overlooked or miscalculated by black. Simple game but effective nevertheless.

Oct-06-13  Moszkowski012273: 30...Kf8 would of held out quite a bit longer
Oct-14-13  Ulhumbrus: 10...h5 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity and neglects to play ...c5 instead. On 10...c5 11 c4 dc 12 Bxc4 Black does not have to wait for White to play d4-d5 but can play first: 13 Nb3xd4 cxd4 14 Qxd4 Bc5

15...b5 leaves Black with a amashed queen side. After 15...c5 16 d5 ed 17 Bxd5 the threat of e6 is unpleasant. This suggests 15...Bb4 with ...Ne7 to follow

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