Saturday, December 28, 2013

John Blood Sr. in Caro-Kann 5...gxf6

After missing a chance to defeat John Blood Sr with my Latvian Gambit, now a year later I chose to defend against his 1.e4 with the Caro-Kann Defence. Normally after 4.Nxe4, I play the classical 4...Bf5. Thirty years ago I preferred the sharper and riskier 4...Nf6 line, intending 5.Nxf6+ gxf6. Jeremy Silman wrote a book on this line called "The Dynamic Caro-Kann: The Bronstein Larsen and the Original Caro Systems" a couple years before this game was played. To be aggressive, I tried a throwback to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Black's plan in this line is to castle queenside and to attack in the center or to use the g-file as a base of operations. This was my original plan, but this time the execution failed badly. White found more effective play on the b-file than Black did on the g-file. John Blood wins, again reversing my earlier success vs him.

Blood - Sawyer, corr USCF 1992 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Be2 e6 8.0-0 Qc7 9.c4 Nd7 10.d5 Rg8 [10...0-0-0! 11.Nd4 Be4=] 11.Nh4 Bg6 [11...Be4=] 12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.dxc6 Qxc6 14.Bf4 Ne5 15.Qc2 0-0-0 16.Rad1 Be7 17.Qc3 [17.a3+/-] 17...Nd7!? [17...Rxd1 18.Rxd1 Qe4=] 18.Bf3 Qc5? 19.b4 Qf5 20.Bxb7+ Kxb7 21.Qf3+ Kb6 22.c5+ Nxc5 23.bxc5+ Bxc5 24.Rb1+ 1-0

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