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Fabiano Caruana vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Biel International Chess Festival (2009), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-20-09  Marmot PFL: I don't see the point of Caruana's 14 Bf2. It looks very slow and black has an easy game as the result shows.
Jul-20-09  polarlumpensack: an easy ride on the DRAW-carrousel...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Anything wrong in this specific position with the typical Exchange sacrifice 14.d5!?,Bxa1?
Jul-20-09  messachess: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Anything wrong in this specific position with the typical Exchange sacrifice 14.d5!?,Bxa1?>

It might be typical but I don't see how it works. It would appear to be white targeting g7 for an attack if black accepts it. It must be one of those typically profound things that masters do.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <messachess>, Bronstein made the sacrifice famous in the 50's, so you're right: it is one of those typically profound things that masters do. The earliest game in the database was not one of Bronstein's, however:

Maicherczyck vs Niephaus, 1949

Jul-24-09  goldenbear: 14.d5 is the only way to fight for an advantage.
Jul-24-09  goldenbear: [messachess] Thousands of games and countless wins is good enough for me. 14.d5 is all I play, and I usually encounter Bxa1 Qxa1 f6! (the only defence) Qd4 Bf7, and White has options. Apparently, Topalov prefers Qf2.

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