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Wang Hao vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-11  borginburks: hmm..i would say why caro can't instead of the french defence??but his position was ok out of the opening i think...probably he missed something in the tactics...?what do the engines think?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Methinks Black went into the piece sacrifice deliberately, but White defended well. However, if Black doesn't sacrifice, his position seems to be very bad.

I just don't like ...0-0 in the Classical Caro-Kann, probably because I'm old-fashioned and unfashionably old. Seems too risky because it seems too easy for White to pry open the King side with g2-g4-g5.

Jan-26-11  Eyal: If it were Black's turn to move in the position after 22...b5, he would play the breakthrough ...b4 and be on top. Unfortunately for him it's White's turn, and after 23.Nxe6! the pawn on b5 actually becomes disruptive, because it doesn't allow the queen to move along the 5th rank. 23...fxe6 would lose, of course, to 24.Qxe6+ followed by 25.Rxd5.
Feb-12-11  ReikiMaster: 17...Rfd8 may be better.

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