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Fabiano Caruana vs Georg Meier
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017), Karlsruhe GER, rd 3, Apr-17
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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Apr-17-17  Fanques Fair: Very nice attack by Caruana. Nxe6 is brilliant and far from obvious.
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  Sally Simpson: Another good game by Caruana, just in time too. The crowd were getting restless after Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2017 and one could hear the knives being sharped on the whetstone.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Sally Simpson: Another good game by Caruana, just in time too. The crowd were getting restless after Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2017 and one could hear the knives being sharped on the whetstone.>

Can you believe how fickle the "fans" are? A couple bad games and the vultures circle ever closer. I can just imagine them in the gladiatorial games. Thumbs down!!!

Apr-17-17  docbenway: 17.Kt x e6 looks promising though it's so basic there must be something wrong with it. Anyway, it must be taken due to the multiple forks, then Bh7+ picks up the Q and though it's materially equal after the white Q takes on e6 the black forces look in disarray.
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  juan31: Excelente GM Caruana
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Excellent attack, but still cannot understand why anyone would play 3...de4.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi ChessHigherCat,

Re: fickle fans.

I reckon and judging from how previous posters have reacted, Caruana was just one defeat away from being told he was too old, burned out and should now retire.

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  keypusher: <An Englishman>

<An Englishman: Good Evening: Excellent attack, but still cannot understand why anyone would play 3...de4.>

You sidestep a lot of theory, and if you've got skill and the right temperament, you can do OK.

Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907

P F Johner vs Rubinstein, 1912

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  keypusher: <AnEnglishman> I should have included this one.

Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1912

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  AylerKupp: <keypusher> But I think that all you've shown is that you can play 3...dxe4 if you are Rubinstein. ;-)
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  keypusher: <ayler kupp> <AnEnglishman>

Or Petrosian...guess I'm not helping myself am I? :-)

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966

Kholmov seems to have liked it. Morozevich even managed to make it exciting:

Pelletier vs Morozevich, 2004

But Meier might just be the biggest fan of 3....dxe4 in chess history, at the GM level anyway. (i) the French is his go-to defense (ii) 3...dxe4 is by far his favorite continuation. Anyone know of another GM for whom that is true?

Repertoire Explorer: Georg Meier (black)

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  morfishine: Powerful game by Fabio


Apr-19-17  activechess55: I remember, Alekhine considered 3...de4 a dubious move. This continuation was not very popular for most part of the 20th century. White simply castles queen side and many a times gets some edge.But black position remains playable.

There is another unusual variation. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 de4 4. Ne4 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6.Bf6 gf6!?

Black's pawn structure is shattered and k-side castle is in peril. But, he gets bishop pair in the bargain. Black doesn't castle k-side at all. Of course, this is not the stuff for ordinary patzers. GMs do prefer them at times.

Apr-19-17  happyjuggler0: These two played this opening against each other before: Caruana vs G Meier, 2013
Apr-21-17  rainingpieces: 34.Rh8+ leads to nice mate. 34...Kxh8 35.Qh6+ Rh7 36.Qf8# or 35...Kg8 36.Re8#
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  ChessHigherCat: Caruana's knight sac shows that he'll still be with us for a long time to come as a supplier of Sunday puzzles.
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