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Valeriy Aveskulov vs Piotr Korobkov
Femida Super (2007), Kharkiv, rd 2, Oct-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1

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Nov-17-07
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  Calli: 43...b3! produces a notable position.
Mar-15-08
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: "Notable position" is rather the mild understatement. Black's King has none of his own pawns to protect him, but White's h-pawn offers more than enough protection from the elements. Meanwhile, White's two sound pawns can't do anything to save their King.

The entire game begins with a currently critical variation of my beloved Caro-Kann, and the first interesting move is 18...Ng4. White frequently plays g2-g4, even as a sacrifice, so Black simply takes the square first, with the harassing threat of ...Nxf2.

White might have chosen the wrong plan to proceed. Perhaps he should have focused on dislodging the Ng4, even sacrificing a pawn or two with 21.Ne5?! to force through the advance of the g-pawn.

Black's perambulations with ...Kg8-h8-g8-h8 are either brilliant Petrosian-style prophylaxis or clueless dithering. Heck if I know the difference.

White's sacrifice doesn't work, but the refutation is hardly obvious. Black's 38th is a brilliant zweichenzug <sp?> and a good puzzle for a Friday.

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