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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
Chessable Masters (2020) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 1, Jun-24
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-26-20
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  Sokrates: Post mortem Carlsen said that he had been "lucky" winning this game, since the exchanges in the 12th and 13th move were bad for him.

Nevertheless, Caruana couldn't exploit Carlsen's positional mistake, and Carlsen played very concentrated after this unfortunated start. "Lucky"? Sure, the luck of the overall better play.

Jun-27-20  Ulhumbrus: The move 17 Bf4?! attacks a d6 pawn that is backward and isolated but which is also mobile.

If after 17 Bf4 it is too easy for Black's d6 pawn to evade the attack by 17...d5! an alternative is 17 Be3.

18 e5?! weakens White on the light squares and he does not manage to make the pawn count.

Perhaps Caruana went too far trying to win.

White's problem may have been typical of many openings: whereas Black can be satisfied with equality White will want more.

This suggests that Black in many openings takes advantage of just this problem as Carlsen does here and gives White an unwelcome choice: Either White allows Black to equalise more easily than White wants to allow Black to equalise, or else White takes too great a risk trying to extract more than a slight advantage from the position.

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