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Nikola Djukic vs Fabiano Caruana
Tromso Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 10, Aug-12
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-14-14  bennythejets: love the 7...g6 in the kan var.
Aug-14-14  bennythejets: no need to catle for!!
Aug-22-14  1d410: Beautiful game by Caruana. Start to finish. In my opinion.
Aug-22-14  Darek: This is the men :) I dream about Caurana -Carlsen match in the future . I love his style very cold blood in this game .
Nov-23-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Darek> Indeed. Caruana is incredibly aggressive; and possibly of equal strength with Carlsen. Caruana would be the best player to face Carlsen in 2015, and force Carlsen into complex unbalanced positions.#
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  PawnSac: < bennythejets: love the 7...g6 in the kan var. >

yes it does present some interesting positional possibilites.

White continued in what seems the "normal" fashion by trying to exploit the holes (weakened dark squares) on the king side with Be3, Qd2, and Bh6, but the tactical shot ..Ng4! forces the white Q back to d2 (certainly not Qf4 since ..h5 and then ..e5) or the somewhat awkward Qh3.

13. Qg7 would be pointless since after ..Qf6 14. Qxf6 Ngxf6 the Q's and DSB's are gone, and the dark squares are no longer vulnerable, and black is nicely set to play moves such as ..Ke7, ..h5, ..Rag8, then ..e5 (the pawn on g6 keeps the knight out of f5) and ..g5! and black has a kingside pawn storm in the works. If white tries to restrain a black ..g5 with 15. f4 black continues with his plan ..Ke7 then certainly not 16.f5? e5! 17. Nde2 Nc5! with nice advantage to black.

so all in all i see no immediate way for white to exploit a weakness in ..g6 .

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  PawnSac: <16. ..Qc5! > was a very nice move. The e4 pawn is threatened with ..e5 and ..Qxe3. For example, if white makes a "pass" move like 17. h3, then ..e5 18. Nf3 Qxe3 19. fxe3 Bxe4 20. Rxd6 Bxc2.
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  PawnSac: After < 21. ..Nce4 > one gets the clear impression white has lost some important tempi along the way.
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  PawnSac: The speculative desperado piece sac 23.Nxe6?! (what else?) proves inadequate against Fab's ultra-sharp defensive skills. A fine game indeed.

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