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Ilze Berzina vs Beatriz Irene Franco Valencia
Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 3, Aug-04
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  0-1



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  luzhin: 16.Bxg4?? was suboptimal. Of course 16.Nxg4 would have met the same response.
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  perfidious: Black's first two moves are usually played in the opposite order and the whole idea is considered dubious because of 3.c4, as featured in Tal vs V Zilberstein, 1972. As the game went, she got an improved version of the Gurgenidze system.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> which one is the Gurgenidze system?

Also, what do you think of black playing ...g6 in the Panov attack? (Opening Explorer) Someone played that recently against me and I got a comfortable game.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> The Gurgenidze comes after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6; probably the best-known game in this was Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970, in which Fischer played inaccurately and Black got the better game. By the late 1970s, most top players were adopting 3.Nd2 so as to respond to 3....g6 with 4.c3 and blunt the power of the fianchettoed bishop.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Oh, I see. And I guess playing with g6 in the Panov is better, since it's a little too late for c3.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Never played that as Black; my preference was at first 5....e6 and 6....Be7, then I switched to 5....Nc6. Had a few blitz games in Harvard Square in the eighties as White, though: always preferred 6.cxd5 Bg7 7.Qb3 0-0 8.Be2, which I felt gave an advantage and put me off playing 5....g6.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Yeah, I also feel it gives white good play. I had white recently against Calvin Blocker in Cleveland. I won, although the game went back and forth. I submitted it to <CG> about a week ago. Hopefully it will be up in the near future.

In general, I would assume that Caro Kann players prefer close systems, rather than the transposition to the queen's gambit that often happens in the Panov. What do you think?

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> One might assume so, and I played it a fair amount, along with other openings: 1....e5 and the French were my other staples vs 1.e4 from ca 1984 onwards.
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