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Cappelle La Grande 2015. Game analysis

Today we will have a look at my game from Round 7 in Cappelle La Grande. I had white against Yovann Gatineau (2092), a young talent from France who in the previous round had defeated (!) the legendary master Kamran Shirazi. I was aware that my opponent was not going to be easy despite the 400 points rating difference.

GatineauYovann Gatineau

He played the Kan variation of the Sicilian defense. It was a pleasant surprise for me because it’s one of the openings I play as black. So I was familiar with the positions and the fears of getting suprised by any opening preparation dissapeared very early. After 26 moves we reached the following position:

Castellanos-Gatineau1Castellanos,R (2479) – Gatineau,Y (2092)

Here the position is just slightly better for white but only because it’s his move. If it was black to move then he would seize the initiative and put white on the defensive side by playing b6-b5 or Rc8.… Read more

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