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Samuel Shankland vs Fabiano Caruana
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Mar-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-30-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Shankland did well to hold this game; with 12...f5, he allowed Caruana to set up a formation that scored a lot of points for Black, as in Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1927.
Mar-30-17  Imran Iskandar: Shaky start by Caruana.
Mar-30-17  Ulhumbrus: 10...Bxc3 concedes the bishop pair without doubling the c pawn. It is now up to Black to find compensation for it - if he can.

An alternative to 14 d5 is 14 Nd2 freeing the f pawn to advance to f3.

14...exd5 contracts a backward c pawn although it removes White's bishop pair by making the d5 pawn a target. Instead of this on 14...e5 Black's king side pawns are free to advance but then White keeps his bishop pair.

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