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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Andreikin
Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), Nizhny Novgorod RUS, rd 2, Oct-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0

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Oct-06-13  csmath: Advance CK has been popular weapon of Svidler [eliminated in WC precisely with Andreikin's CK], Shirov, and Caruana among others.

3. ...c5

[Igor Khenkin's sideline. Khenkin himself lost three CK games in this year's Dortmund, two in his own line and one of them against ... Andreikin. Obviously this is what Andreikin has been studying.]

The line

5. ...e6

is a new [as in novelty!] attempt and it does not look very convincing even though it is one of the top choices of Houdini.

13. ...Bc5?!

14. ...Qb6?!

17. ...Bb4?!

[misterious attempts to control short diagonal a5-e1 or attack on f2, it is hard to figure out what was the intention of Andreikin. These moves on queenside look quite planless.]

Nepo keeps on delaying kingside attack but eventually he starts

25. g3! h6?

[facilitating white attack but black is in a difficult position because kingside attack will obviously take place while his bishops are shut out of the action. This move provides white with a new target, weakens kingside castling notable g6 square, and cuts off one possible escape route of knight on f5. It is an absolutely disastrous positional error in already difficult position.]

26. h4

[obvious and expected]

26. ...Qe8

[what to do, black is practically playing crammed onto the last rank with one bishop completely out of the action and the other pointing aimlessly.]

26. ...Nxg3?!

[desperate attempt to muddy waters since the knight is stuck while white attacks kingside.

28. ...f6, 29. g4 fxe5, 30. Nxe5 Nd6 31. Nxc5 bxc5 32. g5 c4, 33. Bg6 Nxg6, 34. hxg6 seems more passive with likely decisive attack of white.

However this still looks like accessible defence and while it might not be enough it is not immediate capitulation. Andreikin move in the game is hopeless.]

29. Nxc5! Nxh5
30. Nh2 bxc5

[Getting h-knight is going to leave black without any countergame. White is now a piece up and the game is effectively over. White even has a supported passer on b5.]

Resounding defeat of Andreikin's Caro-Kann. His setup from the opening was a complete positional failure. The planless attempts with dark-squared bishop simply led to a waste of time while white was [hesitantly] organizing decisive kingside attack.

Oct-06-13  csmath: I looked at this game for couple of reasons. I play against CK occassionally, and I was interested in Andreikin's play in CK since he was displaying affinity toward CK in his mini-match with Peter Svidler during World Cup. Peter had better openings but then made mistakes in the middlegame.

I see nothing here but a complete failure to gain any countergame in a crammed position. CK usually looks very bad when black loses and sometimes the losses are catastrophical tactical beating. Yet, in this game the loss is completely positional which is interesting since Nepo is not exactly positional player and Andreikin should be.

I am sure that Andreikin's opponents in the next Candidates tournament will examine this game as well.

Oct-06-13  SirRuthless: <csmath>Maybe he just had a bad day... Jeez.
Oct-06-13  Jigsaw42: This game looked more like a bad French than Caro-Kann.
Oct-06-13  csmath: <This game looked more like a bad French than Caro-Kann.>

Yes, indeed. Advance Caro-Kann Khenkin variation does look very similar to French.

Oct-07-13  Pulo y Gata: I play the CK but not this 3...c5 line. This is model treatment from White. Black usually gets away with much shuffling in the CK but here, after some 20 moves, there's no denying that Black's DSB is simply bad and he can't do anything about the e-pawn that cuts Black position in half. As pointed out by <csmath>, 28...f6 looks best.
Oct-07-13
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  kingscrusher: Amazing - the early a3

This is a beautiful Nimzovichian e5 overprotection strategy.

Oct-10-13  Whitehat1963: I hate for games to end like this. I'd like to see it played out a little more. What would be the next four or five best moves on each side?
Oct-10-13
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  harrylime: Black can't do anything and is a piece down.. The pawns on c4 and d3 will drop and well .. it's all over.
Oct-12-13  hedgeh0g: Not even a "lol" from <harrylime>. That should put Black's position into perspective.
Oct-23-13  Don Cossacks: Is 5...Nxe5 played before?

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