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Re: Early c5 in Tartakower
Reply #2 - 01/06/16 at 14:41:34
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This line is very solid for Black, hard to win from though unless you're Kramnik. Last year's Qatar game didn't reveal anything new, I guess at some point White asks why they'd bother banging their head against a brick wall when you can play 5.Bf4 or even take on f6 in response to ...h6.
  

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Re: Early c5 in Tartakower
Reply #1 - 12/24/15 at 17:42:50
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RdC wrote on 12/24/15 at 13:43:46:
Without the inclusion of 5.. h6 6. Bh4, the position was known to Capablanca and contemporaries.


Regarding that version, Pachman in Das Damengambit commented to the effect that 7...c5 had not been refuted and that it was surprising that it was so little played.  One of the lines he gave was 8. cd Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Nxe7 10. Be2 as leading to an edge for White in Geller-Larsen from their 1966 Candidates' playoff.
  
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Early c5 in Tartakower
12/24/15 at 13:43:46
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The opening of today's game in Qatar by Kramnik caught my eye. Actually he played it last year in Qatar as well and a handful of his elite colleagues have been giving it a try.

With the first games not appearing in the line to the 1980s, my 1970s understanding of the QGD that .. c5 is a mistake is shown wanting.

Without the inclusion of 5.. h6 6. Bh4, the position was known to Capablanca and contemporaries.



Matlakov-Kramnik Qatar 2015.
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