GM Arjun Erigaisi vs GM AR Salem In Fantasy Land

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2675) (IND)

Photo: © Lennart Ootes – Tata Steel Chess Tournament2022(

vs GM AR Salem (2690) (UAE)

Photo: Krzysztof Szeląg wikimedia (

27th Sigeman & Co 2022
B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 dxe4 4. fxe4 e5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. c3 Nd7 7. Bd3 Ngf6 8. O-O Bd6 9. Kh1 O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 b5 13. Rc1 a6 14. a4 Nh5 15. h3 Nf4 16. Bb1 Bxf3 17. Rxf3 Ng6 18. Bf2 c5 19. Nf1 c4 20. Ne3 Rad8 21. Qc2 Rfe8 22. Rf1 Ndf8 23. Nd5 Qc8 24. Be3 Nh8 25. axb5 axb5 26. b3 Bb8 27. bxc4 bxc4 28. Qf2 Qb7 29. Qh4 Nfg6 30. Qg4 Qc6 31. Nb4 Qd6 32. d5 Bc7 33. Ba2 Nf4 34. Bxc4 Nhg6 35. Nc6 Ra8 36. g3 Ra4 37. Bb3 Rxe4 38. Qf5 Rxe3 39. Rxe3 Qc5 40. Rfe1 Nxd5 41. Qd7 Re6 42. Qxd5 Qxc6 43. Qxc6 Rxc6 44. Rf1 Rf6 45. Rxf6 gxf6 46. Rd3 Nf8 47. g4 Kg7 48. Bd5 Bb6 49. c4 Ng6 50. Rb3 Bd4 51. Rb7 Nf4 52. Kh2 Kg6 53. Kg3 Ne2+ 54. Kf3 Ng1+ 55. Kg2 Ne2 56. h4 h5 57. Bxf7+ Kh6 58. Bd5 1-0–co/round-2/CesFMat9
  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 (Stockfish 14 @depth 60 plays the second most popular move according to the ChessBaseDataBase, 3 Nc3. In almost eighteen thousand games it has scored 52%. SF 15 @depth 61 will play 3 Nd2. In over ten thousand games it has scored 54%. The most often played move has been 3 e5, and it has scored the highest at 55%. The game move has only been played in about two thousand games, but has scored a 54% success rate) 3…dxe4 4. fxe4 e5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. c3 Nd7 7. Bd3 (SF 14 & 15 prefer 7 Be2. There is only one game previously played with the move 7 Be2 (see Stefansson v Grant below). 7 Bc4 has been seen in 72 games, scoring 56%. The move played in the game, 7 Bd3, has been attempted on 26 occasions and has scored an astounding 69%!)

Vignir Vatnar Stefansson (2291) vs Jonathan Grant (2203)
Event: IoM Masters
Site: Douglas ENG Date: 10/25/2018
Round: 6.72
ECO: B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 Nd7 7.Be2 Bd6 8.O-O Ngf6 9.Bg5 Qc7 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Nc4 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Rad8 14.Qe1 Rfe8 15.Rd1 b5 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.Qe3 Qc7 18.Rfe1 h6 19.Qd3 a6 20.Qe3 Re7 21.Re2 c5 22.Red2 exd4 23.cxd4 cxd4 24.Rxd4 Rxd4 25.Rxd4 Qb6 26.Qf2 Re8 27.Rd2 Qxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.b3 Re6 31.Rd7 Rc6 32.Rd2 g6 33.Ke3 Kg7 34.Ke4 h5 35.g3 b4 36.Rd5 Rc2 37.Ra5 Rxh2 38.Rxa6 Rg2 39.Kf3 Rc2 40.Ra4 g5 41.Rxb4 Rxa2 42.Rb8 Kg6 43.Rb5 g4+ 44.Kf4 Rf2+ 45.Ke4 Rf3 0-1

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