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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2010), Havana CUB, rd 5, Jun-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Maroczy Variation (B12)  ·  0-1

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Jun-20-10  LarsenBentYou: Forceful play by Ivanchuck. This guy is the best.
Jun-21-10  Bobsterman3000: After move 30 virtually every one of Nepo's moves was forced. Ivanchuck had the clear vision to see multiple winning plans in succession...
Jun-28-10  ajile: 3.f3?

Never saw this before.

Jun-29-10  jtd200: I think some people call it the "fantasy variation." I kind of like playing 3..e5 against it - against all the right play from white, it may be a little worse than this, but it's sharp (in a caro game!) and most people would misplay it.
Jul-05-10  hedgeh0g: It's a gambit line which usually transposes into a kind of French Defence if Black declines the pawn.
Jul-05-10  JohnBoy: <jtd> - how do you handle 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 de 4.f3?

I often play 4...e5 here but find that it is not really the right response.

Jul-05-10  zanshin: <JohnBoy> Common responses are <4...Nf6> or <4...exf3> See: Opening Explorer
Jul-11-10  ajile: <jtd200: I think some people call it the "fantasy variation." I kind of like playing 3..e5 against it - against all the right play from white, it may be a little worse than this, but it's sharp (in a caro game!) and most people would misplay it.>

Yes 3..e5 seems interesting. If Black never takes on e4 then the f3 pawn just hinders White's development.

Jul-24-13  iamdeafzed: 55.Qxe2,dxe2
56.Nf3,Nd4
57.Ne1 (Nxd4,e1=Q), f3
58.Kg3

White would be completely tied down trying to stop black's connected passed pawns from promoting (since white can never take the pawns nor actually threaten to play Kg3-f2-e3-Kxd4 without losing even faster). All that would remain would be for black to activate his king and force the win.

Great game by Ivanchuk.

Oct-03-13  apanadsky: Qb6! seems to be a good idea i like this treatment against fantasy

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