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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Tashkent UZB, rd 3, Oct-23
French Defense: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Variation (C10)  ·  0-1

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Oct-23-14  Shams: Not being able to crack the Fort Knox is one thing, but losing to it must be painful.

Earlier this year Karjakin tried 12.Nd4, drawing against Jobava in the only other high-level game in this line. Karjakin vs Jobava, 2014

Oct-23-14  Ulhumbrus: Afyer 12...Bxd5 Black has a pawn but has lost the right to castle and so connect his rooks.

This suggests that White is advised to develop his queen's rook as quickly as possible.

Moreover if White's worst placed piece is his QR, his second worst placed piece is his QB.

All this suggests getting the QB out eg by 13 Bf4

Oct-23-14  Everett: <shams> Looks to me Jobava almost won that game.

I really enjoy his chess. He plays a lot of positions, but Ive noticed a predilection for the Kings bishop's eventual placement on the long diagonal, either KID-style or via the e2/e7 square.

Oct-23-14
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  Penguincw: 10.d5 is an interesting pawn sacrifice, trying to open the position up while the black king is uncastled, but it failed. However, just like gambling, the worst possible thing to do is try to win it back (24.Bxa7), and all of a sudden, black is now up the exchange and a pawn (that pawn plus being a passed pawn).
Oct-24-14  jphamlore: A look at Kasimdzhanov's time management shows he simply did not bother to prepare in a line he should have known about since the Karjakin - Jobava game was just this year in a serious event. Kasimdzhanov took an hour for moves 12 - 15 and drifted into an inferior position. By move 24 he had only 25 minutes left to defend. A red move finishing him off was inevitable.

This lack of preparation is shocking for someone who had been such a vital part of Anand's team as a second for so many years.

Oct-24-14  dumbgai: <This lack of preparation is shocking for someone who had been such a vital part of Anand's team as a second for so many years.>

It's not like Anand has faced any opponent that plays the French in his WC matches.

Dec-02-15
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  Domdaniel: The tactical battle after 24.Bxa7 is fascinating. It looks as if Jobava saw further.
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