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Wang Hao vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), Tashkent UZB, rd 9, Dec-02
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-12  dumbgai: And with this game Wang Hao improves to 3/3 against Caruana.
Dec-02-12  fisayo123: Caruana is fast becoming his client
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  Gilmoy: Neat glimpse of GM strategy: with the center pawns in a mirror-image chain e3-d4 vs. e6-d5 and fairly static, knight outposts trump bishop diagonals. White nimbly points his NN at c5 first. Black appears to allow this, but gets lost in the complications.

<20.b4> is borderline overextended; <21..a5> undermines it. But it cedes the 7th, and Black's position deteriorates as he scrambles to hold everything: <26..Nxa8> gives him a <sore back rank>, since his Rc8 is now tied to 8 to defend it. For example, 27..Bxc5 28.Rc1 and White will triple on the B, so 28..Bf8 (sooner or later) 29.Rxc6 Rxc6 30.Rb8 Nc7[] 31.Rc8 and Black's R is still stuck on c6 because of Bd6.

Hence <27..Bf8> means Black's plan around 12-14 already went sour: he's "undermined" c5 enough to take it, and he still can't. Then White gets warthogs, eats a5, and owns the 7th forever. Black never recaptures c5, and his N still gets pinned.

Wang Hao: Who's in charge here?
Pumbaa : Uhhh ...
Wang Hao: My point exactly!

Dec-03-12  vkwow: hao seems to have american players' number... Caruana is Italian-American, and then Nakamura, Kamsky. Wow.

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