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Fabiano Caruana vs Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
US Chess Championship (2016), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-14
Scandinavian Defense: Modern Variation (B01)  ·  1-0


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Apr-14-16  Imran Iskandar: Note to self: Don't play dubious openings against Caruana. Ask Nisipeanu. Nisipeanu vs Caruana, 2015

Supplementary note to self: Even if your pal So tells himself to double and triple check, don't rely on increment as early as move 20.

Apr-14-16  Mudphudder: Akobian had balls playing this in the first round. And I don't think I've ever seen a scandanavian opening go this way...were they out of book by move 12?
Apr-15-16  RookFile: The Scandinavian tends to work well for black if he can get some exchanges, especially queens off. White keeps things complicated and it pays off for him.
Apr-15-16  Ulhumbrus: After 14...Qh4 15 Ng5 Nxf4 GM Ashley indicated - amongst other things - the resource 16 Bb5+! c6 17 Qf3!! attacking again the c6 pawn and pinning it on the long diagonal
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  thegoodanarchist: Akobian played cheapo, junk chess. Caruana is too good for that stuff to work.
Apr-15-16  Monoceros: I thought the point of the Marshall gambit in the Scandinavian was speedy Black development. Weird, weird way to play this.
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  NM JRousselle: I have played the Marshall variation of the Scandinavian for years. Junk??

If I were playing Black, I would probably have played 9... Nc4 10 bc e6. I have no idea what the computer evaluation is on this line, but it's more in the spirit of the opening.

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