Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jeffrey Baffo Caro-Kann Defence 4.Nxe4 Bf5

I have played the Caro-Kann Defence as Black off and on for 40 years. I prefer to defend with the Classical 4.Nxe4 Bf5 line. 19 years ago Jeffrey Baffo plays this same line against me. How do you meet your own opening when it is played against you? Often I struggle to find an advantage as White vs the Caro-Kann Defence.

My choice has been one of three different approaches as White.
First is 4.f3 or 4.Bc4 to gambit a pawn Blackmar-Diemer Gambit style.
Second is 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 like a London System.
Third is 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 hoping to outplay my opponent in Main Lines.

Below I chose this third idea and followed the Boris Spassky 6.h4 attack with the strategy of restricting Black's kingside by 8.h5. The old set-up for Black is to castle queenside. Jeffrey Baffo plays the more dynamic castling opposite sides favored by Bent Larsen and others. As Black I have played them both many times, but often choose the old school 10...Qc7 with ...0-0-0 because it is more comfortable for me.

Last month in December 2014, due to some slight changes in my posting schedule I missed adding a new Jeffrey Baffo game. I will finish posting games from our 1996 match in two more months. In today's game, White and Black wrestle to a stand still. Jeffrey is motivating me to get into better physical shape in 2015. So far so good.

Sawyer (1981) - Baffo (2256), corr USCF 95P139, 08.04.1996 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 [6.Nf3] 6...h6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Be7 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.Kb1 Nbd7 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Nf6 16.Qe2 Qd5 17.Qe5 Rfd8 18.Be3 Bd6 19.Qxd5 Nxd5 20.Bc1 Nf6 21.Ng1 [Another option is 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.dxe5 Ng4=] 21...c5 [Maybe 21...Bc7] 22.f3 [Here 22.Ne2 cxd4 23.Rxd4 Rac8 24.f3 e5=] 22...cxd4 [22...Be5=+] 23.Rxd4 e5 24.Rd3 Bc5 25.Ne2 Rxd3 26.cxd3 Rd8 27.Kc2 Nd5 28.a3 Be3 29.g4 Bf2 30.Nc3 a6 [Or 30...Rc8=] 31.Nxd5 Rxd5 32.Bd2 f6 33.Bc3 Kf7 34.Rf1 Be3 35.Re1 Bc5 36.Re4 g5 37.b4 Bd4 1/2-1/2

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