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Vladimir Kramnik vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation (B13)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Well played Krammers. You have ser up a great final round. Caruana seems to be out of form. That can happen to anyone.
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  Clement Fraud: I feel the need to commend Vladimir Kramnic for his patient resilience in finding a better way to contest the Caro-Kann - this following a couple of big defeats that he suffered whilst using the Exchange Variation: Kramnik vs V Fedoseev, 2017 and Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2017
Feb-04-18  get Reti: What was the point of 18.g3? Is it just to prevent a back rank mate?
Feb-04-18  ChessHigherCat: <get Reti> I think g3 is supposed to protect the bishop on f4, too. For example, if white played 18. Qh5 g6 19. Qh7?? Ng4! wins the bishop after 20. Qg5 f6 (although it's a complex position and I'm just doing it in my head so it would be better to check it out with a board)
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  Clement Fraud: On reflection I now think that 11... a6 was a needless loss of time from Caruana, and that 11... Qc7 (planning ... e5 & e4) would've been a more purposeful method of breaking the pin.

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