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Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana
Norway Chess (2020), Stavanger NOR, rd 6, Oct-11
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  0-1



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Oct-13-20  Ulhumbrus: The computer analysis and evaluations of this game help to suggest an instructive lesson in the art of taking advantage of pawn weaknesses.

The computer analysis and evaluations suggest that the pawn attack 23 g4? followed by g5 is a mistake and that it loses White's advantage and so loses the chance to make count White's advantage.

Yet Black's f5 pawn offers a target for this pawn attack so what is wrong with the pawn attack g4 followed by g5?

It seems that the pawn attack is too slow and not energetic enough to make Black's pawn weaknesses count.

The right course is a sacrificial combinatorial piece attack by 23 Ng5! attacking the pawns on f7 and e6 and on 23...Be8 White does not sacrifice a piece at once but plays first the preparatory move 24 Qe2!! after which Black has no satisfactory answer to the threat of a knight sacrifice on e6.

This suggests that the right way for White to take advantage of Black's pawn weaknesses is not to play a pawn attack but to prepare in just the right way a sacrificial piece attack because the former attack is too slow and not energetic enough to make White's advantage count.

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  saffuna: Correct. All reviewe by Daniel King:

28...Bb5+ really opened up white's attack.

Still 34. Ne5 promised a least a draw.

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