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Artur Yusupov vs Fabiano Caruana
NH Chess (2008), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Aug-20
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1

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Aug-24-08  Bobsterman3000: Wow, here's a couple of consecutive stinkers - 16. Bxa6?? and 17. e4??

Yikes.

Jan-20-14  MelvinDoucet: Brilliant game by Caruana. Surely Yusupov overlooked 19... Rxh2!
Mar-29-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE

17.e4?

A hasty and nervous advance that could be premature. White had several good moves at his disposal in this position, for example: 17.h4!? or even 18.O-O. Also 18.a3! looks quite good, taking the square b4 away from Black's a6-knight. I suspect that a player like Karpov would have played 18.a3! without further ado. I am saying this, because players like Karpov, Botvinnik or Capablanca usually chose the move that best restricted or prevented the opponent's most useful moves.

Mar-29-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE

19.a3?

"After the child drowned, the water well is covered" (my translation of a famous Spanish phrase: "Después de ahogado el niño, se tapa el pozo"). He could have prevented the move 17...Nb4, had he played 17.a3 on his previous turn. Clearly Yusupov overlooked the move 19...Rxh2!

Mar-29-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

Instead of 22...d4!?, the move 22...Bc5! was also worthy of consideration.

But that is unimportant. White is already busted in this position.

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