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Ding Liren vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-12
Old Indian Defense: Janowski. Fianchetto Variation (A53)  ·  1-0



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Jan-12-15  Marmot PFL: Ding Liren says this line is very dubious, especially as he was able to prepare for it, and won very quickly.
Jan-12-15  luzhin: 14...0-0-0 only makes sense if Black follows up quickly with a5 to guard against the b4 break. Jobava's perpetual optimism lets him down badly here.
Jan-15-15  MarkFinan: Luzhin.. I was just flicking through this game (forgot this tournament was on tbh) and thought exactly the same as you. I don't know what the stats are in 2750 rated chess over the past few years, but I rarely see black castle queen side when white has already castled king side, in any variation. For the past 2 years I've been watching these top tourneys and can't think of one game off the top of my head!
Jan-15-15  Andrew Chapman: And a5 leaves a nasty hole at b5 with a knight ready to jump there.
Jan-15-15  jindraz: completely anti-positional play is fine as long as you are ready to accept the punishment.
Jan-15-15  Shams: Can someone tell me why White often (as here) goes for an early d4-d5 in these structures? Just seems weird to me to fianchetto the LSB and then block the long diagonal with a center pawn.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> It's a question of trading advantages, I think. If Black closes the centre with ...c5, then e4 threatens to open it up again. In this game, at least, it didn't stay blocked for long.

At least a move like d5 holds out hope that White's Bg2 can be reactivated later. Personally, I'm more surprised when White exchanges it off with a move like Bx(N)d5 ... something that Kramnik, a Catalan expert, has often done. It seems to work for him, too.

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