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Richard Rapport vs Fabiano Caruana
Gashimov Memorial (2021) (rapid), Baku AZE, rd 3, Dec-19
Russian Game: General (C42)  ·  1-0



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  ajk68: I get the feeling Caruana really doesn't understand this opening (better than I do I'm sure, but the computer seems to think he made quite a number of mistakes).
Dec-21-21  DouglasGomes: I don't think he had ever spent much time looking up on this variation. It seems 11... f5 is too optimistic for a tempo down Philidor, but I don't what Black should do after allowing all the queenside expansion. Maybe playing with 4.. Bc5 and later d6 is more practical to get a confortable position. White is not worse regardless
Dec-21-21  SChesshevsky: Think Rapport cleverly skips the Petrov game and goes for an ...e5 Kings Indian Attack structure. Seems an opening a part of his serious rep.

Believe with ...e5, Caruana should be able to equalize the KIA fairly easily. Appears to be more aggressive for some reason. Wonder, was this an armageddon game?

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  ajk68: 6...Bd6 is not the best according to the silicon monster.

1) -0.34 (38 ply) 6...Bc5 7.O-O O-O 8.Re1 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 f6 12.g4 Bf7 13.Nd2 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rab8 15.Ne4 Be7 16.c4 Rfd8 17.Bd2 Nd4 18.f4 exf4 19.Bxf4 b6 20.Be3 a5 21.Rb2 Be6 22.c3 Nc6 23.Ng3 Ne5 24.Bd4 Bc5 25.Bxc5 bxc5 26.Rxb8

2) -0.07 (38 ply) 6...Bg4 7.h3 Be6 8.Ng5 Bf5 9.Nc3 Nb6 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Qf3 Qd7 12.g4 Bg6 13.Bd2 f6 14.Nge4 O-O-O 15.O-O-O Kb8 16.Kb1 h5 17.Ng3 h4 18.Nf5 Nd5 19.Ne3 Bf7 20.Ne4 Nf4 21.Nc4 Ne6 22.Be3 c5 23.Qg2 Nd4 24.Rhe1 Bd5 25.f4 exf4 26.Bxf4 Qb5 27.Qf2 Bxc4 28.dxc4 Qxc4 29.Nc3

3) =0.00 (38 ply) 6...Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.a3 a5 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Be3 h6 12.h3 Bf5 13.g4 Bg6 14.Rc1 Qd7 15.Nd2 Rad8 16.Nc4 Bf8 17.Bd2 Bd6

Dec-21-21  DouglasGomes: 6... Bc5 as edge to Black is total nonsense
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  fredthebear: Surely everyone saw the continuation 26...cxRd6 27.Qh6 threatening Qg7 Lolli's Mate.

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