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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Biel (2018), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-30
Spanish Game: Open. Dilworth Variation (C82)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-30-18  Marmot PFL: Black seems to have at least equal play, even in the ending. White can avoid this variation with 9 Nbd2 or 10 Qd3 and 11 Be3.
Jul-30-18  siggemannen: Dilworth variation. Sounds like dillweed
Jul-30-18  Atking: Yesterday seeing the time consumed i understood that Maxime was again surprised by the opening - his weakest point at this level He is equal to the very best on the other phases of the game -. I think that Dilworth variation was put in doubt recently by the gambit of a pawn of half value. 13.exf6 BxR+ 14.KxB Qxf6 15.Kg1 Rae8 16.h3! Bxh3 17.Nf1 Ne5 18.N1h2. Isn't better - even slightly - for White? Nevertheless as his previous fight with Carlsen, Maxime was finally able to keep the game in a dynamic equilibrium which is indeed very impressive.
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  ChessHigherCat: A game for the "Who says draws have to be boring?" collection

I bet these guys have research teams that use engines to look for openings that are underestimated so the opponent is unlikely to have prepared for them. <Marmot> makes it sound like this line is relatively well known, though. It's hard to believe MVL isn't a walking openings encyclopedia.

Jul-30-18  Atking: <ChessHigherCat> Walking openings encyclopedia might be not enough at this level! A lot of GMs (with comps!) have to walk with you. I tried to understand <Marmolt PFL> 's advice however I can't. How Qd3 or Be3 could be possible after Nbd2?
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  ChessHigherCat: <Atking> I think he probably meant 9. Nbd2 or 9. Qd3 followed by 10. Be3.
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  ChessHigherCat: Or he might have meant 9. Nbd2 or else 9. c3 Bc5 (the game line) followed by 10. Qd3... 11. Be3
Jul-31-18  Atking: Ok it makes sense. Thanks <ChessHgherCat>
Jul-31-18  Roark: When did they deviate from Dilworth theory? Because it looked like they got quite an original position after 22...Rxf4 and the sequence that follows. So the deviation must have been earlier.
Jul-31-18  rainingpieces: Usually White takes on f6 at move 13. I played this variation in a tournament with Black once, it ended in a draw. It would appear that if 24.Qxf1 then 24...Qg3

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