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Wesley So vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
ACP Golden Classic (2014), Bergamo ITA, rd 6, Jul-18
English Defense: Kangaroo Variation (B00)  ·  1-0



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Jul-18-14  MarshKnight: 5 Kf1! seems to kill this line, taking the sting out of f5 by protecting g2 and preparing artificial castling with g3 and Kg2. White's space edge was too much in this one.
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  wordfunph: "c4 was completely a not good idea. I totally missed the idea of Rc2 and Rc1 winning another pawn. b5 and c4 were the main mistakes and because of them I lost the game. At least, I am happy that I went for the win and played with initiative"

- GM Baadur Jobava

Jul-31-14  Boris Schipkov: The game with my notes in
Jul-31-14  epistle: Thank you Boris. May I ask: is the V. Pelevin you mentioned the same Victor Pelevin who is the author of "The Clay Machine-Gun" and "The Life of Insects"? If yes, in which novel of his did he use your idea of powerful computer glasses without your permission? Why do you call him "infamous"?
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  iking: <Gelfand, Boris 0-1 Jobava, Baadur Jobava, as could be predicted, used an unpredictable opening. The e6/b6 set-up is not so uncommon but it is still rare guest at the top level. Jobava got squashed against So earlier this year with it, so surely he had a new idea against 5.Kf1!? but Gelfand decided to use another variation all together. His early aggression backfired badly as the g-file fell into Black's hands. Jobava kept applying pressure and putting his pieces in good squares while all of White's camp looked awkward until it, unsurprisingly, collapsed.> ...


Oct-30-14  parisattack: In the English Defence book (Everyman, 1999) Daniel King wrote after 5. Kf1 in Joyce-Speelman, "I find it extraordinary that this move has been played by White, but as I discovered several practical examples of this move, I thought I ought to cover it. Of course, it takes a bit of time to re-deploy the bishop at b4 but it has caused some disruption. I don't think White is worse but I cannot find a good answer to the question, "Why?""

<MarshKnight: 5 Kf1! seems to kill this line, taking the sting out of f5 by protecting g2 and preparing artificial castling with g3 and Kg2. White's space edge was too much in this one.>

Now you know, Dan. (Though surely the last word has not been spoken.)

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  cro777: English Defence with 4.Bd3

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GM Glenn Flear (the author of several books on openings and endgames) wrote:

"4...Bb4+ A perfectly playable way of exchanging a pair of minor pieces to ease Black's development.

5.Kf1!? White gives up his castling rights but leaves the bishop on b4 biting on air. This is more challenging for Black."

Recently, the most popular move has been 5.Bd2. Earlier, 5.Nc3 was the main line.

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  cro777: "Jobava's 4...Bb4+ and then 5...Be7 didn't work out so well. Wesley So was able to keep his space advantage intact and it was difficult for Black to obtain any counterplay. The fact that White has to 'castle by hand' doesn't seem to be an issue with such a big centre to protect his interests.

Those who like really daring ideas might want to investigate 5...e5!, as then if White grabs the pawn (with the pawn front less stable) he has a harder time getting his king into safety." (Glenn Flear)

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  OhioChessFan: 22...c4 was horrible. Did Jobava miss 24. b3?
Jan-08-15  Conrad93: Man, Jobava plays some weird openings...
Mar-16-15  kamagong24: 5. Kf1! wow!
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  PhilFeeley: A search for this game lists it as an "Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)" but the description above says English Defense: Kangaroo Variation (B00), which is more correct. I wonder why the different description in the search result.
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