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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Hilversum NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Why didn't Black play 9...cxb3 or 9...Bxd2 first (J Penttinen vs A Moiseenko, 2008)?
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  ChessHigherCat: <An Englishman> I think the game line was fine but black should have played 11..b4 12. axb4 Bxb4. On the other hand, I doubt my idea is better than shakeyerbooties, what do you think?
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  PawnSac: after ..b4 12.axb4 Bxb4 black has 3 ugly isolated pawns. In the ending white will probably win 2 of them. If black tries to hold the c3 pawn, after Ra4 a5 that lovely bishop is tied down to a passive position. I would rather return the c3 pawn than wreck my pawn formation on the queenside
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  ChessHigherCat: It's extremely complex but in the game line white could have played 12. Bxb5 and black's pawns don't look so great. Do you think black would play 12...Qa5 in that case? That would prevent Nxc3 and white would have to lose a tempo withdrawing or protecting the bishop. Lots of complications.
Jan-17-18  Mirovsk: Mamedyarov is at his best...
Jan-17-18  ColdSong: Two things with Caruana are that he's clearly nor Capablanca nor Petrosian.But who is he exactly and how comes that he's been so long number two in the world ? (Joke somewhat intended,I dont want to annoy his fans).
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  ChessHigherCat: I think Caruana probably grew up idolizing Mamedyarov and Anand and memorized all their games, so it's probably nerve-wracking playing them in reality. In the last game against Anand, Caruana was leaving pieces hanging and creating wild positions, as though saying: "Look I'm a tactical genius like you, I'm not one of these boring kids who plays for the micro-advantage like a computer." Unfortunately he overdid it and lost.
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  PawnSac: ok <ChessHigherCat>, after posting my comment earlier, i was curious about Fab's accuracy so i loaded the game into Stockfish, went to teach a class, and got back shortly ago. After 5 hours and 45 min stockfish selected c5 12. Nc3 a6 13. dc5 Bc5 for black, exactly as Fab did.
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  PawnSac: ColdSong, i think i can speak for the majority when i say... < we are fans of CHESS >. Yes we appreciate the talent of some individuals, but as long as it is not your intent ridicule certain individuals in spite of their talent, you have nothing to worry about. And there is honestly nothing wrong with being #2 for a long time. Victor Korchnoi was for decades (and even into older age) one of the best players who never became world champion (and only by the tiniest margin). But no serious chess player will not admit he was one of the greats. If you want to learn the French, he is the go to GM to study.
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  PawnSac: <ChessHigherCat: It's extremely complex but in the game line white could have played 12. Bxb5 and black's pawns don't look so great. Do you think black would play 12...Qa5 in that case?>

yes ..Qa5 is definitely a candidate move, as is ..cxd4 . It may be that the computers would choose ..Qa5 but ..cxd4 introduces lovely complications also.

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  ChessHigherCat: <PawnSac> Okay, thanks. Faithful to your moniker, you prefer the pawn sac.
Jan-18-18  yurikvelo: <--- multiPV
Jan-19-18  rogl: GM Pepe Cuenca is giving an entertaining analysis of the game here
Jan-21-18  Albanius: The position at move 12 looks a whole lot more like a QGA than a QGD.
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[Fritz 10]: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 dxc4 [last book move] 6. e3 b5 7. Be2 Bb7 8. 0-0 0-0 9. b3 c3 10. a3 Be7 [Worse is 10 ... cxd2 11. axb4 Qd6 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Bxb5 Qxb4 14. Be2 ±] 11. Nb1 c5 12. Nxc3 a6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Qc2 Nbd7 15. Rfd1 Rc8 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. b4 Be7 18. Rac1 Qe8 [18 ... f5 19. Qb3 =] 19. Qb1 [19. Qd2 Rd8 =] Nb6 20. Nd4 Kh8 21. Bf3 Bxf3 22. Nxf3 Nc4 23. Ne4 Qc6 [23 ... Nxa3 24. Qa1 Nc2 25. Rxc2 Rxc2 26. Nxf6 =] 24. Nfd2 Qb7 [24 ... Nxd2 25. Nxd2 Qa8 26. Rxc8 Qxc8 27. Nb3 =] 25. Nxc4 [ ⩲] Rxc4 26. Rxc4 bxc4 27. Qc2 Rc8 28. h3 Qc6 29. Rd4 a5 30. Nd2 [30. Nc5 axb4 31. axb4 Rg8 ±] Rg8 [30 ... Qb5!? ⩲] 31. g3 [ ±] axb4 32. Rxc4 b3 [32 ... Qb5 33. axb4 Rg6 34. Ne4 ±] 33. Nxb3 [+-] Qf3 [33 ... Qa8 34. a4 +-] 34. a4 Bd6 35. Rc8 Rxc8 36. Qxc8+ Kg7 37. Qc2 Bb4 [37 ... Qh5 38. Qd3 Bc7 39. Qc4 Qd1+ 40. Kg2 +-] 38. Qc4 Qb7? [38 ... Qd1+ 39. Kg2 Qe1 +-] 39. a5 Bd6 40. a6 Qb6 41. Nd4 Qa5 42. Kg2 Qa3 [42 ... Qb6 does not save the day 43. Qc6 Bc5 44. Qxb6 Bxb6 45. Nc6 +-] 43. Qc6 1-0

The second example in our Best Games contest where Black takes ... dxc4 followed by an early ... b5 in the opening, yet this system gets a more conventional set-up for Black who looked fine as of 15. Rfd1 Rc8. Note Black could have traded Queens (13 ... Qxd1) but chose 13 ... Bxc5 instead, perhaps playing for a win. White doubled Black's Pawns with 16. Bxf6 gxf6 and kept pressing, fixing on the Pc4 and eventually winning it which proved decisive. Black didn't really make any big mistakes along the way, yet White seemed to outplay him slowly but surely. The QN vs QB endgame is theoretically better for Q + N as their powers complement each other better (except when the Q + B is better, of course); here the Bishop can't stop the a Pawn.

<Mamedyarov is at his best> Tru dat.

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