Friday, January 17, 2020

English Opening 1.c4 Caruana

The Symmetrical English Opening 1.c4 c5 sees both sides attack opposing central d-file squares. Early pawn exchanges break the symmetry and play for the victory. White found a key bishop move that won the Exchange by force in Fabiano Caruana vs Atulya Shetty.

Caruana (2811) - Shetty (2389), PRO League Group Stage chess.com INT, 07.02.2018 begins 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bb5 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd7 [7...Qc7 8.0-0 a6 9.Be2 Bf5 10.Nh4 Bd7 11.d4 e6=] 8.0-0 g6 [8...e6 9.d4 Be7 10.e4 cxd4 11.cxd4 0-0 12.Rb1=] 9.Ba3 Qa5 10.Qb3 e6 11.c4 Be7 12.d4 a6 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.d5 exd5 15.cxd5 Bb5 16.Rfc1 Rc8 17.Bb2 0-0 18.a4 Bd7 [18...Be2 19.Ne5+/=] 19.Qxb7 Rfd8 [19...Rc7 20.Qb3+-]
20.Bc3! Qc7 21.Qxc7 Rxc7 22.Ba5 [White wins the Exchange.] 22...Rcc8 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.e4 1-0

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