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Fabiano Caruana vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Reykjavik Open (2008), Reykjavik ISL, rd 2, Mar-04
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0

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Mar-13-08  ajile: 35..g5 seems bad. Black has a good position before this move and control over the key e5 square. Opening the g file just helps White to create a winning attack.
Mar-13-08  GreenArrow: White's strategy is so harmonious it is nice to watch. The knights seek out the weak squares and are all over black - after 33.Nd5 Bxd5 36.cxd5 the other knight is coming to c4. The passivity of black's position can possibly attributed to the lack of playing an early ...d5; I have never tried g3 for white so can't say for sure (and have never played philidor's defence myself), but this game was a crush.
Mar-13-08  Shams: <35..g5 seems bad. Black has a good position before this move and control over the key e5 square.> white has a pawn on f4; how then can you claim black controlled e5? black simply diddled around in this game while Caruana made fine use of his space advantage.
Mar-13-08  ajile: <Shams: <35..g5 seems bad. Black has a good position before this move and control over the key e5 square.> white has a pawn on f4; how then can you claim black controlled e5? black simply diddled around in this game while Caruana made fine use of his space advantage.>

White can't play e5 which means that White's e pawn is potentially weak. While it's true Black doesn't have that much play neither does White if Black just keeps his position solid. Black just got antzy and played the weak 35..g5. After this move White gets his k-side attack.

Mar-14-08  black knight c6: I'd say the game is over after 33. Nd5 if not sooner.

After this move it becomes clear that white's minor pieces will become useful, and black's useless. Black's good minor piece, his white bishop, must be traded off for a knight, after which his black bishop and knight are stuck in the corner with nothing to do, while white's can put pressure on the board and collapse the king position.

Great demonstration of good/bad minor pieces IMO.

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