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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Viswanathan Anand
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 1, Jun-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-06-17  JPi: To 12...Nh6, 13.Na3 as an answer is not without humorous taste. In all an high level of fight.
Jun-06-17  JPi: To give light squares Bishop a bigger amplitude 15.Qc2 was a serious option.
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  PawnSac: < JPi: To give light squares Bishop a bigger amplitude 15.Qc2 was a serious option. >

Well, first of all, black can blunt that "amplitude" with ..g6 and ..Nf5 (which he plays eventually anyway), and i would not be so determined to trade off my good LSB for the knight, giving up my two bishops advantage after black's generous 5...Bg4 and 6...Bxe2.

But more importantly...

White played Na3 with the intent of Nc2 and Nd4. Playing Qc2 AFTER having already played Na3 gives white a dead (immobile) knight, since the Q occupies the transfer square, and the knight on the rim is dim, with no immediate hope of joining the battle for central squares, especially if black gets in ..b5. The knight will be relegated to obscurity unless you regroup it with Na3-b1-d2 and that's a loss of at least 2 tempi. Nah... if you are gonna play Na3 then you'd better have a plan for quick Nc2 or Nb5. Getting your peices congested with limited mobility is a sure fire way to a quick loss, or serious disadvantage, and all the more so at high level of play.

Jun-08-17  JPi: <PawnSac>
< Well, first of all, black can blunt that "amplitude" with ..g6> It is one purpose of Qc2; to create more weaken squares on King side. On 15...g6 16.Rad1 Nf5 simply 17.Bf2. <The knight will be relegated to obscurity unless you regroup it with Na3-b1-d2 and that's a loss of at least 2 tempi. Nah...> Rim and dim... yeah I know my classic but even Dc Tarrasch was able to be more clever than his principles. The merit of Qc2 is to give squares d1 or e1 to Ra1 then Nb1-Nd2-Nf3 2 tempi down but keeping more tension on the board was my point. I would be happy to know how evaluate chess program Qc2. Is that so ridiculous as you said ...?
Jun-16-17  Ariogermano: 14.Qa4?!
Jun-16-17  JimNorCal: Is this a Caro? Or a French by transposition?
What is the feature of the position that makes it not-French, other than Black's c6 move?
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  plang: It is an Advance Caro-Kann. Black delaying ..e6 allows ..Bg4 which is clearly very "un-French".
Jun-17-17  JimNorCal: Thanks, plang. Yeah, Black's missing light square bishop is a big clue :)
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