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Fabiano Caruana vs Peter Svidler
Russian Team Championship (2013), Loo RUS, rd 6, Apr-12
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  0-1



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Apr-12-13  okba12: good one-a storming pions
Apr-12-13  okba12: but white is to blame
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  Gilmoy: Cool idea: KID shift to Dragon!

<22.b3> I smell a wumpus

<32..Bc3> I feel a draft

The Nh7/Nf6/g4-e4-f3 concept is like a good horror movie: the two most annoying defenders in the game, supporting an avalanche.

In hindsight, surely 27.Na4, then maybe Bd3-Bc2 and fight for d.

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  Eyal: <In hindsight, surely 27.Na4, then maybe Bd3-Bc2 and fight for d.>

By this stage it's probably long gone for White. His death warrant may have been signed already on moves 18-19 - Rd3 & Rg1 turn out to be rather useless, while by g4 & Qc7 Black on his side first secures the f3 pawn and then defuses any danger related to an e5 break by White, so that the latter remains without any decent counterplay.

Btw, after 30.a5 there was a quicker and more elegant win by 30...Qxa5. Caruana's idea was that 31.Ra3 would then trap the black queen:

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But the silicon monster shows that this actually fails to 31...Rb3!! and now 32.Qxb3 Qxc5+ & Qxg1, or 32.Rxb3 Bxb3 33.axb3 f2! 34.Qxf2 (if the rook moves then Qe1+) 34...Qa1+ 35.Kd2 Qb2+ 36.Ke3 (36.Ke1 Qc1+ 37.Ke2 Rd8) 36...Qc1+ 37.Qd2 Qxc5+ 38.Ke2 Qxg1.

Apr-12-13  BUNA: Very complicated game. 18. Rd3 looks really odd.

I don't know how they usually react in the Saemisch if black doesn't play e5 or c5. But in hindsight it may have been better just to develop and build up in the center (11.Ng3). After 11.g4 b4 12.Na4 hxg4 white's center became very weak.

<Eyal> Nice line, especially 33...f2! :)

Apr-14-13  FamilyTree: Its interesting the way Svidler stopped white's attack on the king side with that Nh7 and g5. A game to remember.
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  diceman: <FamilyTree: Its interesting the way Svidler stopped white's attack on the king side with that Nh7 and g5. A game to remember.>

I thought this was the Nh7/g5
game to remember:

Karpov vs Csom, 1977

Apr-14-13  nolanryan: caruana may still struggle against the top players, but he's quite good for his age!
Apr-14-13  polarmis: Svidler talks about the game here (in Russian):

Apr-14-13  Everett: This variation needs a few more GM names attached to it.

On a more serious note, how does one set-up, built on five moves (Nf6, g6, Bg7, d6, 0-0) create such amazing games throughout history?

I really enjoyed Black's pawn and knight harmony by move 36 on the e-, f- and g-files. Never seen it before.

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  whiteshark: The game is vid-annotated by IM Andrew Martin, here:

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