Saturday, December 3, 2016

Caro-Kann Defence to BDG Lite

When White plays Blackmar-Diemer Gambit moves against the Caro-Kann Defence, there are three common responses to watch for. Black can play either exf3, Bf5, or Nf6 on moves four through six. Black can play all of them or none of them after 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3.

In 2016 I’ve spent a lot more time writing than playing. However I still like to play blitz games. I have played on the Internet Chess Club for 20 years. I peaked in 1998 when I was in my 40s. It is harder to think fast now that I am in my 60s, but its fun to try.

The Caro-Kann Defence was my first major defence. I played 1.e4 c6 as Black regularly in the 1970s when I was in my 20s. That seems like a long time ago. In this game I played White. My opponent “Fizz44” returned the gambit pawn with 4…e3.

The return of the pawn resulted in allowing White to develop three pieces, castle and gain a space advantage by move 10. Black's position was solid, but he remained down several tempi. When I play Black in the Caro-Kann, my winning plan is to grab a pawn and win the endgame. If White is attacking and does not need to sacrifice material, then Black may be in trouble!

Sawyer - Fizz44 (1741), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 20.11.2016 begins 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 e3 [Black returns the pawn. 4...exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 would transpose to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ziegler Variation] 5.Bxe3 Bf5 [5...Nf6 6.Bd3+/=] 6.g4! Bg6 7.Nge2 h6 [7...e6 8.h4+/=] 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Qd2 e6 10.0-0-0 Bb4 11.a3 Ba5 [11...Bxc3 12.Qxc3 Nf6 13.h4+/=] 12.Bd3 [Much stronger is 12.Nh5! Kf8 13.d5!+-] 12...Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nf6 14.h4 Nbd7 [14...Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Nd5 16.Qd2+/=] 15.b4 [15.g5! Nd5 16.Ncxd5 cxd5 17.Nh5+/-] 15...Bb6 [15...Bc7 16.g5+/=] 16.Ne4?! [16.g5+/=] 16...Bc7 17.g5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Nc3?! [19.Nc5=] 19...Qe7 [19...Nb6!=/+] 20.Nb5 [20.gxh6=] 20...0-0-0 [20...Bb8=] 21.Nxc7 [21.Qc3+/=] 21...Kxc7 22.Bf4+ Kc8? [22...Kb6=] 23.Qc3+ Nc5 24.Qxc5+ Black resigns 1-0

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