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Samuel Sevian vs Fabiano Caruana
United States Championship (2021), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Oct-12
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0



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  0ZeR0: Caruana’s woes continue…
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  Ulhumbrus: The commentators said that with 10...g5 Caruana took a risk in order to avoid a draw.

However it is objectively an unsound attack and there is an additional reason for not trying it.

The GM commentators ( including GM Seirawan and GM Ashley) indicated that it was very difficult to take part in the US championships and gave one or two examples of strong players being unable to take part.

This suggests that all of the contestants are strong players and that unsound plans are unlikely to succeed and that suggests that 10...g5? is inadvisable and that what Black needs is a risky plan whose refutation is not easy, simple, or obvious.

Although on occasion moves such as g4 or h4 have worked for White in some openings, Caruana's problem is to find something like this with Black, and Caruana may have decided that he does not need to take risks of this kind with White.

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  RookFile: 1.... c6 is a pretty good try to play for a win. There are no guarantees, of course, but one thing you typically get with the Caro-Kann is an unbalanced pawn structure.
Oct-14-21  SChesshevsky: Probably a really smart opening choice by young Sevian. Not ambitious but likely a well worked out draw with little risk if the more common 8...d5. Though Kasparov won with black vs. Deep Blue.

Think seen Aronian play the ...d6, ...h6, ...g5 idea before. Though maybe different move order. Certainly weakening but believe he put rooks on semi open e and b files maybe offering compensation. So 11...Qe7 might be a misplacement inaccuracy.

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 37

+0.71 12.Re1 Ng4 13.Qd2 Re8 14.a3 Ba5 15.Rad1 Ne5 16.h3 Bb6 17.Kh1 Be6 18.Rf1 Rad8 19.Be2 Ng6 20.b3

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 38

0.00 12....Nxe4 13.c3 Nxg3 14.fxg3 Ba5 15.Qf3 Bg4 16.Qxg4 Qe3+ 17.Kh1 Qxd3 18.Rf6 Rae8 19.Rxh6 Re5 20.Rf6 Qe4

+0.84 12....Ba5 13.c3 Bb6 14.Nxb6 axb6 15.Re1 Ng4 16.f4 gxf4 17.Bxf4 Qh4 18.Rf1 Ne5 19.Qd2 Re8 20.Be2 Be6

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