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Jeffery Xiong vs Eesha Karavade
Isle of Man Masters (2018), Douglas IMN, rd 1, Oct-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0

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Oct-23-18  Dave12: Logical tactics. Beautiful game.
Oct-26-18  Jambow: Brutal tactics to beat an IM.
Oct-26-18
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  HeMateMe: how to win by controlling f6, very sharp stuff.
Oct-27-18
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  patzer2: From my club player's perspective, Black's clearly decisive mistake appears to be 16...Nf5? allowing 17. Bxf5 +- (+6.68 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, Black could have put up considerably more resistance with 16...Qd8 17. Bxg6 Qxf6 18. Bd3 ± when strong play might continue 18...Bd7 19. Re3 Bc6 20. Rg3+ Kh8 21. Qe5 Qxe5 22. fxe5 Nf5 23. Bxf5 exf5 24. Rxf5 Rg8 25. Ne2 ± to ± (+1.67 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9).

From a strong Master's perspective, I suspect Black was probably busted after White's strong surprise move 15. Bf6! with a Bishop that appears to be poison whether Black takes it or leaves it alone.

At a lower depth search, the computer indicates Black can hold with 15...Bd7 16. Kh1 Be8 = (+0.07 @ 17 ply, Stockfish 9). However, a bit deeper search after 15...Bd7 16. Kh1 Be8 17. Re3! (+2.46 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9) reveals Black is lost.

Early in the opening, in response to the apparent novelty 9. Ng5!? (doesn't appear in our Opening Explorer), instead of 9...Be7 10. Qh5! ⩲ to ± (+0.45 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9) Black can apparently equalize with 9...Qc7 = (-0.09 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9).

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