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Nikolai Kabanov vs Fabiano Caruana
European Championship (2012), Plovdiv BUL, rd 1, Mar-20
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1



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Mar-20-12  LoveThatJoker: 31...Qxa4 32. Rc4 Qb3 33. Rxf4 Rd1 34. Rxd1 Rxd1 35. Ne1 Qb1 is an excellent tactical sequence by Caruana.


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  wordfunph: Fabiano punished Kabanov for pawn-grabbing 38.Qxa5??
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  Penguincw: Black's queen just went into pack man mode eventually. Also, in the end, no more good checks for white.
Mar-21-12  Garech: Superb play from Fabiano!!


Mar-21-12  BlackSheep: Spirited fight there by Kabanov but Caruana was just too tactically sharp for him .
Mar-22-12  xanadu: In this opening, White loose the Bishop pair to obtain an advantage in pwan structure. However in the present game, Black handled (and White allowed it...) to impove the pawn structure from moves 8 to 20, where finally Black got the positional advantage: a strong couple of Bishop, open columns, a strong-centralized Knight and a mobile Queen, all attacking the center, Queen side and finally obtaining tactical shots into the King side.The game was hard to defende for White after moves 10-15. The tactictal shots of Caruana were a consequence of his positional advantage in the opening.
Dec-13-12  PeaceRequiresAnarchy: Black's knight movement on moves 9, 10, and 11 is very interesting. It really can't do anything on the king side because of the g4 threat against the bishop so Caruana wasted no time in getting it to the other side of the board.

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