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Yifan Hou vs Richard Rapport
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 5, Jul-10
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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  iking: 24... f4
- after this move, white's position is awkward to defend.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A few questions.

1. If I showed you the position after 9.d4 and asked you to guess the opening, how many would have guessed the Two Knights Defense?

2. Did White win that a-pawn cleverly and then botched the aftermath, or did Black play one of the most subtle, creative and ingenious pawn sacs in history?

Jul-11-17  kingfu: Finally, a Two Knights! Now at the Grandmaster level, it is almost exclusively 3...Bc5. Anybody care to speculate why? I do not know.

Good afternoon An Englishman. Answer to question 1 for me is YES! I used to play the French as black but it usually turned out like Agincourt! Then I tried the Sicilian but usually ended shot full of holes like Sonny Corleone. To the battlements 1. e4 e5!

Answer to question 2 is White botched the aftermath with 23. Red1. White could have temporarily snatched the e pawn at move 23.

Jul-11-17  Nerwal: 3... ♘f6 is still played quite often by GMs but White usually replies 4. d3, so why waste some time learning 4. d4 and 4. ♘g5 if you're gonna get mostly a giuco pianissimo setup anyway, unless you prefer the bishop to stand at e7.
Jul-11-17  kingfu: I like this game because of the early h6 and g6, parking the bishop on g7. I have to admit though, after 4.d3, I usually play 4...Bc5.

Does Be7 in the 2 Knights or Giuoco Piano work at all? I have never played it.

Jul-12-17  Calar: <Does Be7 in the 2 Knights or Giuoco Piano work at all? I have never played it.>

Sure, in fact - it's Black's most common response to 4.d3. Black plans to quickly castle and then decide whether he wants to move his d-pawn one or two squares forward, depending on a situation.

Karjakin vs Gelfand, 2009

Jul-12-17  kingfu: Interesting point. I am doing some research on Be7 after I do more research on h6 and g6 like this game.

Chapter 1 of The Giuoco Piano - Where to put the Black King Bishop?

Bc5, Be7, Bg6? I think we should learn all 3!

Thank You Calar. Always more work to do!

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  perfidious: <kingfu: I like this game because of the early h6 and g6, parking the bishop on g7....>

This setup enjoyed some popularity in the mid-late 1980s and I tried it at least once; perhaps I would go in for it even today.

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  HeMateMe: nice squeeze! That pawn on g2 was a nasty surprise. Very instructive pin work, how Rapport loaded on the d file.
Sep-19-19  zishaf: 20... Rg8 makes me smile. Here I am wondering how we're supposed to trap that bishop after a5, but Rapport has other ideas.
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