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Re: Another Ruy Lopez Keres Variation Question
Reply #2 - 12/29/07 at 23:04:37
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I'm a little put off by the tone of the request.  Move some pieces around the board and do a little digging yourself.  Black can't play the immediate 13...f5 for the reasons you mention, so it is worth determining whether Carlsen's 13...g6 has any merit, or--more to the point--whether 13...g6 is the reason why Black lost.  Start with:

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 Na5 10 Bc2 c5 11 d4 Nd7, the moves 12 d5 Nb6 13 Nbd2 g6

Black does well after 14.Nf1 f5 15.Bh6 Rf7 and has won a couple of games just recently.

It seems as though the critical line is Anand's: 14.b4 cxb4 15.cxb4 Nac4 16.Nxc4 Nxc4 17.Bb3.  Now Black has a choice between 17...Nb6 18.Be3 Bd7 19.Rc1 Qb8 and something like 17...Bd7 18.Bxc4 bxc4, where the c-pawn could be a liability.

Frankly, I think Black has some choices here, and seems to be okay.  This is an interesting line and--like many Ruy Lopez variations--there remains plenty of fresh possibilities that will reward a careful analyst.  But, Anon, I can't see how anyone answering your questions here will really help your chessic development.  Have a look at the position, examine the strengths and weaknesses of Black's defenses, and look for potential solutions.
  

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Re: Another Ruy Lopez Keres Variation Question
Reply #1 - 12/29/07 at 20:19:01
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Can Someone please answer my question?
  
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Another Ruy Lopez Keres Variation Question
11/22/07 at 19:14:27
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In the Keres Variation of the Ruy Lopez, 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 Na5 10 Bc2 c5 11 d4 Nd7, the moves 12 d5 Nb6 13 Nbd2 have become popular lately. 12 d5 was thought to be bad because it allowed black to get counterplay with ...f5, but 13 Nbd2 has revitalized 12 d5. The idea is that if black plays the natural 13...f5, white can play 14 exf5 Bxf5 15 Bxf5 Rxf5 16 Ne4. Nigel Davies in his book Play 1 e4 e5 recommends 16...Kh8 and also mentions 16...h6 and 16...Nb7. However, their have been several opening updates that suggest that white can keep an edge agaisnt 13...f5, even against Davies' suggestions. Carlsen played 13...g6 against Anand at Linares 2006/07 but lost the game. What should black do against 12 d5 Nb6 13 Nbd2?
  
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