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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Baadur Jobava
"Jobava Should Know" (game of the day May-18-2020)
European Championship (2010), Rijeka CRO, rd 9, Mar-15
Caro-Kann Defense: Maroczy Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-10  notyetagm: I was rooting for Jobava but, as a 1 e4 player, I absolutely *hate* the Caro Kan so I am not so sad that Nepomniachtchi won. :-)
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: I am very surprised that one of the world's top CK players loses in 31(!) moves to the Fantasy(!) Variation.
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: I am beginning to see the appeal of this system for White.

16 ♔g1-h1

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Does this look *anything* like your normal *boring* CK position to you?


Mar-15-10  notyetagm: I Nepomniachtchi vs Jobava, 2010

27 ?

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It's nice to <HAVE A PLAN>. Nepomniachtchi just shoves his f-pawn up Jobava's ass. :-)

27 f4-f5! <weak back rank>

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28 f5-f6

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29 f6-f7 1-0

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Mar-17-10  hellopolgar: wow black's position is quite hopeless in the end...
Mar-18-10  Andrijadj: The Siege of Baadur:)
Mar-19-10  destruct: Crazy opening! Very interesting game.
Mar-22-10  der623: In the final position, White will put his Queen on e4 threatening mate. If Black responds g6 before or after White does this, White will check on e5, and on Qg7, White will Queen the f pawn to give mate.
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Caro Kann Fantasy Variation
Apr-02-11  sevenseaman: A good game. There's a quiet inevitability about Nepomniachtchi'e remorseless progress.
Apr-02-11  SvetlanaBabe: He is a very strong player, this Nepomniachtchi fellow.
Mar-16-14  ralph46: Instead of f7 Qe4 is just as good now ...g6 forced and now Qe5
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  OhioChessFan: A little help on what the pun means?
May-18-20  optimal play: "Jobava Should Know"

Is it a pun on "Your mother should know"?

The old Beatles song?

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White's minor pieces are in the centre but all of Black's are on the rim.

May-18-20  Ironmanth: Great battle between two GMs with dazzling and oft offbeat maneuvers. Also, now I have that Magical Mystery Tour song going round and round in my chess head! Thanks, chessgames!
May-18-20  MrCalculater: 1.e6 Nxe1 2.Rxe1 Kh8 3.Bc6 Rxe6 4.Nxe6 fxe6 5.Qe3 Ng8 6.Qxc5 Qf6 7.Qe5 or 1. e6 Nxe1 2. Rxe1 f6 3. e7+ Kh8 4. Bc6 Bc4 5. Bxe8 Qxe8 6. Qc3 Ba6 so the sacrifice is right.
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  sleepyirv: As an (overly)aggressive e4 player, the Caro-Kann has long been a bete noire. At my level, Caro-Kann players use the opening to turn any game into a long, subtle positional battle and who wants that? Even in the advanced variation, the usual suggestion made to attacking players on how to face this opening, Caro-Kann players have found ways to remove the venom and make it about the structure.

Except with the Fantasy variation. It turns out 3. f3 awakens the bloodthirsty beast hidden inside even the quietest positional player. I have found that it always leads to wild tactical melees as Black forgets all the reasons he chose to play the Caro-Kann in the first place and focuses on winning material while I get to focus on mate. As such, it's hard for me to look at grandmaster games like this without getting a little giddy.

May-18-20  Rubberneck: offramp hit the nail on the head; I’m a “Prodigal Grandpa” to the game. The Covid Pandemic has brought me home to a long lost love; I am in my glory getting back into this GREAT game. John Bartholomew’s Chess Fundamentals video series emphasizes coordinating minor pieces with your pawns to get solid control of those vital center squares d4-5, e4-5. Nepomniachtchi, by 13. Qe2 has Jobova clinging for life on the edges; by just using good tight Fundamentals! Stay well, stay safe all.
May-18-20  Kay Sadeeya: Is that the best guarded pawn (f7) ever?

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