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Fabiano Caruana vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), Zug SUI, rd 5, Apr-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-13  ferri1234: Vai Fabiano Vai!!
Apr-23-13  vinidivici: Sometimes, if you want to win with the style, you'll get a bad loss instead.

37...b5 is not a bad move at all. The position is complex.

The problem is with the 37...b5 black would sacrifice his queen to a rook and a knight, yes, black will get a good centre pawn structure.

But again, that is a midgame, the opponent is very strong, a queen mobility still very needed. And you can see after the queen sacrifice, black melted along the way.

Instead 37...b5, i prefer the much more natural moves like 37...Nxf4 or 37...Qa5.

I dont say that 37...b5 is a bad move (its a good move), but unless you are a modern chess engine (which is always makes the strongest move every time), you WILL surely make some weaker moves along the way and its hard without a queen. Thats what black should be think before sacrifice a queen without any clear results.

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  HeMateMe: This seemed like a draw, until white lost his h pawn. I think Khaz should have drawn this game.
Apr-29-13  vinidivici: <HeMateMe: This seemed like a draw, until white lost his h pawn. I think Khaz should have drawn this game.>

You are kidding, right.

The final position shows that black is hopeless.

Its very easy actually.

Okay, okay, i will give you a clue to smoothen things. Black will bleed to the death stopping white a-pawn to the promotion square.


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