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Jeffery Xiong vs Fabiano Caruana
Sinquefield Cup (2021), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Aug-21
King's Indian Attack: Sicilian Variation (A08)  ·  1-0

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Aug-22-21
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  saffuna: Looks like 34...Rd8 lost it for Caruana.
Aug-22-21
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: The White Knights look amusing after 9.Nc1, but they end up playing major roles in Xiong's success. Very Karpovian.
Aug-23-21
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  saffuna: First time I've seen knights on b1 and c1 in the opening.
Aug-23-21  jphamlore: It's seems to me Xiong played a reversed Gruenfeld and eventually got excellent results. I can't help but think of this game

Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014

where Carlsen did the same for another (neo) Gruenfeld variant playing it in reverse as White.

I just don't think this type of game plays to Caruana's strengths of being able to precisely and completely calculate.

Aug-23-21  Ulhumbrus: 7...a5 starts to advance a pawn in the opening before Black has got his pieces out. If White is going to answer ...d4 with f4 this suggests ...Bd6 but the d5 pawn needs protection. This suggests 7...Be6
Aug-23-21
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  Check It Out: 22...g5 raised some eyebrows. JX noted that now with h4 he has a "hook" to break open the kingside.
Aug-23-21
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  Check It Out: 23...Nd8 gave up the b4 square, allowing white to get his knight to the nice d5 outpost.
Aug-28-21  Saniyat24: 8.Bg5 is a novelty...!
Aug-28-21  Saniyat24: 34...Rc4 would have allowed Caruana to draw the game...!
Aug-30-21  BwanaVa: Also...not a Kings Indian Attack. Some type of reversed Gruenfeld, perhaps...

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