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Fabiano Caruana vs Erwin L'Ami
"Caru Can" (game of the day Feb-17-2017)
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-13  Mendrys: 34. Bxh6 Bxh6 35. Nxf6+ Kf7 36. Rxd7+ Rxd7 37. Nxd7 looks strong at first glance and is an interesting trap but, alas, Black has 34. .. Rxd5 35. Rxd5 Rxd5 36. Rxd5 Bxh6 and gets a Knight and Bishop for the Rook. The engines give it a dead draw after the last sequence and both Houdini and Rybka draw by repeating the same moves over and over.
Jan-20-13  fisayo123: Fantastic play by Caruana. What an aggressive way to approach the Caro-Kann.
Jan-20-13  Kikoman: Thanks Caruana I won 319 bucks! LOL!
Jan-26-13  Jaburu: F.Caruana 2781 - E.L'Ami 2627
Tata Steel, Wijk aan Zee NED 2013.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bd7 6.h5 e6 7.f4

[After 7.f4 it is formed in the king side what I denominate "Chess-Shogi Space". I placed Houdini to play blitz with the white king in that this space. The idea is the king's study and open space as it happens in the Japanese Shogi.]


[If Black attack the "Chess-Shogi Space" what happen? In rapid study Houdini said: 7...f6 8.Bd3 Qb6 9.Nf3 c5 10.Bg6+ Kd8 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Bd2 Nd4 15.Nxd4 Bxd4 16.Qf3 Rc8 17.0𢠢 Ne7 18.Rh3 f5 19.gxf5 exf5 20.Be3 Bxe3+ 21.Qxe3 Qxe3+ 22.Rxe3 Nxg6 23.hxg6 Rc6 24.g7 Rg8 25.Rg3 d4 26.Nb5 Ke7 27.Nxd4]

8.c3 Qb6 9.Nf3

[With the King in the "Chess-Shogi Space" what happen? In rapid study Houdini said: 9.Kf2 Nc6 10.Nf3 a6 11.Kg3 Rc8 12.Rh2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nge7 14.Nc3 Qc7 15.Be3 Na5 16.Rc1 Nc4 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.d5 exd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Qxd5 Be6 21.Qd4 Qd7 22.Qxd7+ Bxd7 23.Bb6 Rc6 24.Bd4 b5 25.Rd1 Bc8 26.Rhd2 Be7 27.Bc3 00 28.Nd4 Rb6 29.Ba5 Rb7 30.Nc6 Re8 31.Nxe7+ Rbxe7 32.Rd8 Bb7 33.Bb4 Re6 34.R8d7 Bc8 35.Rc7 g5 36.Rd5 gxf4+ 37.Kxf4 a5 38.Bd6 f6 39.Rxb5 a4 40.Rbc5 Ba6 41.Ra7 fxe5+ 42.Bxe5 Rf8+ 43.Kg3 Rf7 44.Ra8+ Rf8 45.Rxf8+ Kxf8 46.Kf4 a3 47.bxa3 Kf7 48.g5 hxg5+ 49.Kxg5 Bb7 50.h6 Kg8 51.Bf4 Be4 52.Rxc4 Bb1 53.a4 Ra6 54.Bd2 Rg6+ 55.Kh5 Rg2 56.Rd4 Rg3 57.Rb4 Bg6+ 58.Kh4 Ra3 59.Kg5 Bd3 60.Kf6 Ba6 61.Bf4 Rc3 62.Rb6 Rf3 63.Rb8+ Kh7 64.Kg5 Bd3 65.Rb7+ Kg8 66.Rg7+ Kf8 67.Bd6+ Ke8 68.h7 Bxh7 69.Rxh7 Rc3 70.Kf5 Kd8 71.a5 Rc6 72.Ke6 Rc8 73.Rh8#]

9...Bb5 10.Bxb5+ Qxb5 11.Na3 Qb6 12.Qa4+ Nc6 13.Nc2 cxd4 14.cxd4 Qa5+ 15.Qxa5 Nxa5 16.Ke2 Ne7 17.b3 Rc8 18.Kd3 Nac6 19.Bd2 Rc7 20.Nh4 Nc8 21.f5 a5 22.Raf1 Rg8 23.Rh2 f6 24.exf6 gxf6 25.Ne3 e5 26.Nxd5 Rf7 27.Ng6 Nxd4 28.Be3 Nc6 29.Ke2 Bg7 30.Kf3 Rd7 31.Rd2 Kf7 32.Rfd1 Rgd8 33.Kf2 Ke8 34.Ke1 Nd4 35.Bxd4 Rxd5 36.Bc3 Rxd2 37.Bxd2 b6 38.Rc1 Kd7 39.Be3 Re8 40.Ke2 Kd6 41.Kd3 Kd7 42.Rc3 Bf8 43.Ke4 Bb4 44.Rc2 Nd6+ 45.Kd5 Nb5 46.Bxh6 Nc3+ 47.Rxc3 Bxc3 48.Be3 Bd4 49.Bxd4 exd4 50.Kxd4 Kc6 51.h6 Rd8+ 52.Ke4 Rd7 53.g5 10

Im my book "Winning Pawn Play in the Indian Defenses" (Mongoose Press 2012) I study this subject in the page 243. I am deepening it in my new book.

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  Chessdreamer: Another game in this opening line (12.dxc5);

[Event "EU-chT (Men)"]
[Site "Plovdiv BUL"]
[Date "2003.10.19"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kotronias, Vasilios"]
[Black "David, Alberto"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2626"]
[BlackElo "2560"]
[ECO "B12"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bd7 6.c3 e6 7.h5 c5 8.f4 Qb6 9.Nf3 Bb5 10.Bxb5+ Qxb5 11.Na3 Qb6 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.b4 Be3 14.Qd3 Bxc1 15.Rxc1 a6 16.f5 Ne7 17.Rh2 exf5 18.gxf5 f6 19.Rg2 fxe5 20.Nxe5 O-O 21.Kd2 Rxf5 22.Rcg1 Rf2+ 23.Kc1 Rxg2 24.Rxg2 Qf6 25.Ng6 Nbc6 26.Nc2 Rd8 27.Nxe7+ Nxe7 28.Nd4 Rf8 29.Kb2 Kh8 30.Qg3 Nc6 31.Nf5 d4 32.cxd4 Nxd4 33.Qxg7+ Qxg7 34.Nxg7 Rg8 35.Rd2 Nf3 36.Rf2 Ne5 37.Rf5 Nc4+ 38.Kb3 b5 39.Ne6 Rg3+ 0-1

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Kmoch referred to that curious King side pawn formation after 7.f4 as a "quart-grip," and you can see how potent it can become if your advanced pawns have already crossed the 5th rank. Aside from suffocating the Black pieces on that side of the board, White can always force a passed pawn, by sacrifice if needed.
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  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Kmoch referred to that curious King side pawn formation after 7.f4 as a "quart-grip," >

Did Kmoch say what happen when the King in the "Chess-Shogi Space"?

Feb-17-17  The Kings Domain: White's final move is a nice touch to justify a ho-hum game.
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  kevin86: White's triplets overwhelm black's king side.
Feb-17-17  jith1207: Move 7: f4-g4-h5
Last Move: f5-g5-h6
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  LucB: Goodness, whatever happened to: "In the opening, get your knights and bishops out, castle, and don't make too many pawn moves"?
Feb-17-17  YouRang: Interesting game by white: 53 moves total, and 12 (nearly 23%) of them were king moves!

A pretty finish with <53.g5!>:

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- 53...fxg5? 54.Ne4+ forking K+R

Black can block the h-pawn and get out of N-fork range with 53.Rh7, but then 54.gxf6 Kd6 (not 54...Rxh6? 55.f7 ) 55.Ne5

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The N and pawns shield the f-pawn from the K, and it tactically guards Ph6 (55...Rxh6? 56.Nf7+ fork wins). Of course, the same fork applies if black tries 55...Rh8.

Feb-17-17  ChessHigherCat: Coach on Move 9: Hey Fabian, move pieces not pawns in the opening. F: You mean I could play knight f3, for example? Coach: That's the idea, give it a shot!
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  OhioChessFan: 43...Bb4? Did L'Ami forget he'd just left the h Pawn undefended? I get missing the positional advantage after an exchange sac, but on general principles, allowing a passed Pawn already on the 5th rank, with a nearby piece no less, is a pretty fundamental positional mistake. Black was admittedly already in a tough spot.
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  OhioChessFan: 53. g5 was pretty, but <53. Ne5+> giving up his last piece and only then 54. g5 would have been even prettier.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <offramp>, Kmoch didn't use the term, it's <Jaburu's> felicitous invention. Kmoch did state that if the defender's King is too far away, the advanced side can force a passed pawn with f4-f5, g4-g5 (or in reverse order) and then either f5-f6 or g5-g6.

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