My first 2016 game transposed from Caro-Kann Defence to Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. I took a holiday break for a three minute chess game. All began innocently with 1.e4, one of my favorite first moves. Okay, I play 1.d4 and 1.Nc3 a lot too, but I digress.
Would we play a Ruy Lopez or Sicilian? No, my opponent played 1...c6. The Caro-Kann is the subject of this Thursday's weekly email for those who have signed up for my Chess Training Repertoire. The game proceeded 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4. Normally I play 4.Nxe4 which I know well as a long time Caro-Kann player as Black.
I was in a festive mood January 1. So I played 4.f3. Because Black delayed ...Nf6 for a few moves, the game did not transpose directly into a BDG Teichmann, but it was close enough. White had pressure on the f-file that led to an advantage.
We reached a bishop and pawn ending. My winning strategy was to create passed pawns on both wings. Black's bishop and king could defend either side together, but they could not defend both. Black gave up his bishop on the kingside at move 50 and was mated on the queenside a few moves later.
Sawyer (2034) - guest1296, ICC 3 0 u Internet Chess Club, 01.01.2016 begins 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Be3 Nf6 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 Bg6 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Bg2 [11.g5!?] 11...e6 12.0-0 [12.Qf3 Bb4=/+] 12...Nd5 13.Qf3 [13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Qf3=] 13...Qf6 14.Nxd5 Qxf3? [14...cxd5 15.Qe2 Qe7 16.Rae1+/=] 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nxe6+ [16.Rxf3+/-] 16...fxe6 17.Rxf3 Bd6 [17...Be7 18.Re1+/-] 18.Raf1 Nf6 19.c3 Ke7 [19...Re8 20.Bg5 Be7 21.Bd2+/-] 20.g5 Nd5 21.Rf7+ Ke8 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Kg2 Rf8 24.Rxf8+ [24.Rxg7 Rxf1 25.Kxf1+-] 24...Bxf8 25.Bf4 Be7 26.h4 Kd7 27.Be5 Rg8 28.Rf7 Ke8 29.Rxg7 Rxg7 30.Bxg7 Kf7 31.Be5 a6 32.Kf3 Bf8 33.a4 Be7 34.Kg4 Bf8 35.b3 Be7 36.c4 Bf8 [36...Bb4 37.h5+-] 37.c5 Be7 38.b4 Bf8 39.b5 axb5 40.axb5 Be7 41.h5 [41.c6 bxc6 42.b6+-] 41...gxh5+ 42.Kxh5 Bf8 43.c6 bxc6 44.bxc6 [44.b6+-] 44...Ke7 45.c7 Kd7 46.Kg6 Be7 47.Kh6 Bf8+ 48.Kh7 Be7 49.g6 Bf8 50.g7 Bxg7 51.Kxg7 Kc6 52.Kf7 Kb7 53.Kxe6 Kc8 54.Kxd5 Kb7 55.Kd6 Kc8 56.Bf6 Kb7 57.Kd7 Ka7 58.c8Q Kb6 59.Qc7+ Kb5 60.d5 Kb4 61.Qc3+ Kb5 62.Bd4 Ka6 63.Qb3 Ka5 64.Ke8 Ka6 65.Qb6# Black checkmated 1-0
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