Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alexey Bezgodov in Extreme Caro-Kann 3.f3

The book by GM Alexey Bezgodov is entitled "The Extreme Caro-Kann: Attacking Black with 3.f3". It provides White an approach against the Caro-Kann Defence using the Fantasy Variation move 3.f3 in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit style. This system is really an aggressive attempt to hinder the development of Black's light squared bishop, which is so key in this opening. The book by the Russian grandmaster is published by New In Chess in 2014 with 272 pages. The back covers reads:

"This strange looking move was already played by former greats Gena Maroczy and World Champion Vassily Smyslov, but the idea has come to fruition in the hands of modern world-class players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Judit Polgar."

I was surprised by the move 3.f3 from "blik" in one of our games Internet Chess Club blitz games. Below I got into trouble combining the natural logical moves 5...Bg4 with 6...Nf6. Our game demonstrates one idea that can lead White to a quick tactical victory. More games with 3.f3 will follow on Caro-Kann Sundays over the next month.

Links to my dozen favorite "blik" posts by opening include:
BDG Teichmann 5.Nxf3 Bg4
BDG Bogoljubow 5.Nxf3 g6
BDG Declined Vienna 4.f3 Bf5
Petroff Defence 5.Qe2
Petroff Defence 5.c4
Petroff Defence 3.Bc4
Ruy Lopez Schliemann 3.Bb5 f5
Elephant Gambit (Reversed)
Slav Defence 4.cxd5
Albin Counter Gambit 5.g3
Queens Knight Defence 1.e4 Nc6
London System 3.Bf4 g6

blik (2441) - Sawyer (2155), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 23.03.2012 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 [If 6.c3 Nd7 White has 7.Bd3 by Hou Yifan or 7.Be2 by Houdini] 6...Nf6? [6...Nd7=] 7.Bxf7+! Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4 Nxg4 10.Qxg4 Qd7 11.Qxd7 Nxd7 12.e5 Be7 13.0-0 Rf8 14.Rxf8+ Nxf8 15.Be3 Ne6 16.Nc3 a6 17.Ne4 Kf7 18.Rf1+ Ke8 19.c4 Rf8 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 21.d5 Black resigns 1-0

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  1. Francesco Cavicchi wrote: "...but there's that fearsome 3...e5"

    1. 3.f3 e5 is certainly playable. That will be in one of the lines covered over the next several weeks.


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