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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fabiano Caruana
World Cup (2013) (rapid), Tromso NOR, rd 5, Aug-25
Dutch Defense: Fianchetto Attack (A81)  ·  1-0

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Aug-25-13
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  Peligroso Patzer: Sorry to see Fabiano eliminated, but the bind White has established in final position of this game has great aesthetic appeal. If Black tries to bide his time with <66. Kf8>, White does not even need to penetrate with his King. After <67. h6>, zugzwang will soon arise. Black can run the b-pawn a few moves (three), but White just runs it down with his King, after which any King or Knight move by Black quickly allows White to promote.
Aug-25-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: MVL TEACHES TACTICS 48 Nd3-e5!! wicked pawn reloader that wins tiebreak over Caruana

Aug-25-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: MAXIME NEVER MISSES SUCH TACTICAL TRICKS -- CEWN 48 Nd3-e5!! wicked pawn reloader that wins tiebreak over Caruana

Aug-25-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

Game Collection: MVL'S BEST GAMES 48 Nd3-e5!! pawn reloader wins tiebreak for MVL over Caruana

Aug-25-13  ajile: Pretty clever of White to delay development of his c4 and queen knight. Black's early 3..d6 means he loses a tempo to play ..d5 since a regular Dutch Stonewall formation is the best way to combat White's Nc3 in front of the c2 pawn.

If Black delays ..d6 and instead plays ..g6 and ..Bg7 White will normally run out of moves to transpose and will have to commit his c pawn and Q knight.

But after Black loses a move it gives White an extra tempo to transpose back into a regular Dutch with 8.Nb5 9.c4 and 10.Nc3. The point is White wants to pressure d5 in a normal Dutch Stonewall.

Aug-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Another one bites the Dutch
Aug-25-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL! MVL!

ALLEZ MAXIME!

Aug-25-13  fisayo123: Zugzwang
Aug-25-13  Marmot PFL: 48 Ne5 is flashy, but almost any N move wins as d4 can't be guarded. 48 Qb4 is also good enough
Aug-25-13  jphamlore: Caruana having to resort to the Dutch at short time control in such an important event where he was so close to qualifying automatically for the Candidates is shocking to me. Has Caruana lost all confidence in his Slav as Black with which it appears he has had some losses lately?

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Aug-25-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

48 ?


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48 ♘d3-e5!!


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<Marmot PFL: 48 Ne5 is flashy, but almost any N move wins as d4 can't be guarded. 48 Qb4 is also good enough>

I think it is beyond -gorgeous- because this <RELOADER> is based on two completely independent <TACTICAL> points:

1) <TRAPPED PIECE> - the Black d7-bishop is <STALEMATED> so this bishop will be <TRAPPED> when a White pawn reaches the e6-sq

2) <ALIGNMENT> - the Black d7-bishop is in <ALIGNMENT> with the Black f7-queen, creating the <FORKING SQUARE> e6-tactical base for a White pawn

(VARIATION)
48 ... f6x♘e5 49 f4xe5 <double attack: e6-trapping sq, e6-forking sq>


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And now the White e5-pawn is <DOUBLY ATTACKING(!!)> the e6-square for the two reasons I listed above! Black can save either the <TRAPPED> Black d7-bishop or break the <PAWN FORK ALIGNMENT> but he (Caruana) cannot do both!

49 ... ♕f7-g7 50 e5-e6 <trapped piece>


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49 ... ♖c8-b8 50 e5-e6 <pawn fork>


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Genius-level <TACTICAL PLAY> by MVL!

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Aug-25-13
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  HeMateMe: 48. N-e5 is one sexy move. Very creative way of exploiting black's cramped position.

I like busting the Dutch center in blitz with f3, e4 pawn moves. It was quite awhile before that occurred in this game. I guess Timing is everything.

Aug-26-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2013

<HeMateMe: 48. N-e5 is one sexy move. Very creative way of exploiting black's cramped position.>

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Aug-26-13
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  HeMateMe: <notyetagm> Do you also have a file for TNs hatched while a player is on the throne, having a B.M.? Just curious. I want to know if you have all bases covered.
Aug-26-13  notyetagm: <HeMateMe: <notyetagm> Do you also have a file for TNs hatched while a player is on the throne, having a B.M.? Just curious. I want to know if you have all bases covered.>

Working on it. Funny you should ask.

Aug-26-13  lost in space: My recommendation is to repeat this another 7 times.
Aug-26-13  notyetagm: <lost in space: My recommendation is to repeat this another 7 times.>

Make no mistake about it => <REPETITION IS HOW YOU LEARN>.

Aug-26-13  ajile: <HeMateMe: 48. N-e5 is one sexy move. Very creative way of exploiting black's cramped position.

I like busting the Dutch center in blitz with f3, e4 pawn moves. It was quite awhile before that occurred in this game. I guess Timing is everything.>

Yes this is the key to play against the Dutch. White plays for e4 to bust open the center and expose Black's k-side weaknesses. The quick Nc3, Bg5, f3 idea is especially annoying to a Leningrad Dutch player. This is why the normal answer to these lines is for Black to play or transpose into a Stonewall formation with pawns on f5 and d5.

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