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Robin Swinkels vs Fabiano Caruana
European Club Cup (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 6, Sep-19
Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06)  ·  0-1


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Sep-19-14  coolconundrum: For playing and winning with the robatsch Caruana has earned the extreme honor of being my new favorite player.

Congratulations, you earned it buddy.

Sep-19-14  SirRuthless: Strange opening play. I guess Fab did what was needed to beat the IM but like the Nakamura-Dambacher game, this was more an implosion than anything else .
Sep-19-14  Shams: <[T]his was more an implosion than anything else.>

I'm not sure I agree with that. The ...a6 Modern system has some venom; White played an aggressive line against it but didn't play with the utmost precision and wasn't able to hold his center. I wouldn't call that imploding so much as unwittingly demonstrating that hypermodern chess retains its teeth.

Sep-19-14  Lupara: After 13.Qf3, White appears to have an okay position; he has piece activity; a lead in development; he will soon be able to castle and connect rooks -- all of the attributes of a reasonable game. Not necessarily advantageous, but reasonable.

By the end of move 18... Qxe5, White's position is in shambles; he is not castled; he is down a valuable center pawn; Black's LSB and Rd8 control the only fully open file; Black's DSB threatens to win another pawn at b2 (after the Black Queen moves); and Black's Queen is centralized.

How did this happen in five moves? It appears White needlessly moved his LSB too many times in the opening: 14.Bc4 and 15.Bd5.

Sometimes the fundamentals and early opening principles still apply.

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  offramp: Really a good game. Another one that could be titled, "Everything you think you know about chess is wrong".
Sep-26-14  newhampshireboy: This is my first encounter with this defence and I used this game because it is in the present day and features Caruana, one of the finest players in chess. I am going to try it with my computers for a while after I study more examples. Hypermodern defences appeal to me anyway.
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  FSR: 14.Bc4? was a lemon. White should have simply played 14.0-0, with around a +.5 advantage according to Houdini. After 14.Bc4? Nxc6!, White was already busted (-1.5). I originally thought (and I'm guessing that Swinkels did too) that 15.Nxc6 was good for White in light of 15...Qxc6 16.Bd5! Unfortunately for White, Caruana has the zwischenzug 15...Bg4!
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