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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: Ding Liren played the opening very fast, but the position looks bad for him. results favor white here anyway and 11...f6 looks premature.
Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: 13 Nd5! if 13..ed5 14 cd5 na5 15 Qa3 d3 16 Bxd3 bxd3 17 Qxd3 bxc5 18 Rab1 and b4 next

or 17...0-0-0 18 Be3 with Rc1 or c6 next and a strong attack.

Jan-16-15  fisayo123: The position is actually okay until move 25, infact, Ding had the advantage according to the engines if he found 25..Rh5 with Rf5 to follow. He blew it in time trouble.
Jan-16-15  greed and death: <Marmot PFL: Ding Liren played the opening very fast, but the position looks bad for him. results favor white here anyway and 11...f6 looks premature.>

As someone who's played the Caro-Kann for years, I have to agree that White came out of this opening much better. from a human playability standpoint (i.e. ignoring the what computers say) Blacks position looks miserable.

Jan-17-15  CHESS LIZARD: great play by white,looks elegant and require deep thought for each move
Jan-17-15  Ulhumbrus: Vachier Lagrave lost from the black side of the 3 e5 variation of the Caro Kann, in the game Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 Now he proceeds to win from the white side of it.

Two points of 13 Nd5!! are that (1) Black's Q and K are exposed to a potential pin on the a4-e8 diagonal by Bb5 and Black's QN obtructs this diagonal and (2) White's c4 pawn defends d5 and so arrives on d5 by recapture in reply to 13...exd5, thereby attacking Black's QN. This may be worth looking at further. Black declines the sacrifice.

Jan-17-15  FairyPromotion: Surprised that no one brought up M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 already. One of my favorite games from the recent years.

Also, someone should definitely host a match between these two, as when two supertacticians meet excitement is to be expected. These two seem like they were born for it.

Ding also has a nice victory against MVL under his name: Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013

Jan-19-15  lemaire90: Magnifique performance de la part de MVL.
Jan-20-15  sambo: Holy smokes. That was a real slug fest. 90% of those moves went over my head.
Jan-20-15  Rookiepawn: <FairyPromotion: Surprised that no one brought up M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 already. One of my favorite games from the recent years. Also, someone should definitely host a match between these two, as when two supertacticians meet excitement is to be expected. These two seem like they were born for it.

Ding also has a nice victory against MVL under his name: Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013>

Agreed. Both players have an attractive style. MVL is consolidated and I have a hunch DL sets out for great results.

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