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Fabiano Caruana vs Awonder Liang
U.S. Championship (2022), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Oct-14
Russian Game: Damiano Variation. Kholmov Gambit (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-16-22  deanman58: I introduced Awonder to this Opening when he was 8 years old. So he got it from me!! I have been playing it for 49 years! I am the World's leading authority on the Damiano Variation of the Petroff.
Oct-16-22  deanman58: 10...Qb4 has been played by International Master Volkmann, many, many times. I still prefer 10...g5.
Oct-16-22  deanman58: 15...Bxg5 was certainly not best! Awonder needs to prepare this line a little deeper!
Oct-16-22  Ulhumbrus: Although 3...Nxe4 has been regarded as a beginner's mistake it is not easy for White to hold on to the pawn without letting Black have considerable positional compensation for it or even to return it with enough advantage to win, if White can do it at all, providing Black plays well.

After 8 f4 one example of what can happen is 8...Qb4+ 9 Qxb4 Nxb4 10 Na3 Bf5 11 c3 Nd3+ 12 Bxd3 Bxd3 13 Be3 Bxa3 14 bxa3 and Black may even end up with winning chances

Oct-16-22  deanman58: One idea is 15...Rdf8, but I am attracted to the strange looking Rhg8.
Oct-16-22  deanman58: My Opening finally made the BIG TIME!! Played by a Grandmaster in a United States Championship against the number 8 player in the World and achieving a draw!!
Oct-17-22  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 30 Rh3, 30 Rg2 places the rook behind the passed pawn.
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  fredthebear: Here's IM Levy's video analysis (third game, starts at the 14:58 mark):
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  FSR: For more on this opening, see my comments to K Rodriguez vs F Rhine, 2023.
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  FSR: Six months before this game was played, FM Kamil Plichta released a Chessable course on 3...Nxe4!?, which he called the Damiano Petroff. He observed that 8.Bb5 was White's most popular move in all databases <except> correspondence databases, and that it gives White no advantage, precisely because of the trick seen in this game. He analyzed 15.Nxf7 Rdf8 16.Nxh8 Rxf4 17.Rhe1 Kd8!▢ 18.Re6 Rf8 19.Ng6 hxg6 20.Rxg6 Rf7=.

After Caruana's 15.h4, Plichta recommends 15...Rde8 and now (a) 16.Bg3 h6 17.Nxf7 Rhf8 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Bxh4 20.Bxg7 Bg5+ 21.Kb1 Rxf2 22.Bxh6 Rxg2=; (b) 16.g3 Bxg5 17.hxg5 f6 intending ...hxg5, ...h6, ...Rhf8, and ...Nf6, again with equality.

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