Friday, April 8, 2016

Caro-Kann Home Run vs Tretter

Knight takes bishop on g6. That's normal in a Caro-Kann Defence. White gets the bishop pair. Black swaps off his bad bishop. Everybody is happy. What could go wrong?

When the internet was young, I defended a Caro-Kann against Terry Tretter which reminded me of a softball game. White played the Exchange Variation 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3. I countered with 5...Qc7 (Play ball! Girl gets in the batter's box). Black is a tempo down from where White is in a Queens Gambit Declined Exchange Variation.

Terry Tretter played reasonably well, but after 14.Nxg6 hxg6, I was able to castle queenside. Since I had recaptured with the h-pawn, I had an open h-file.

In this game the Black queen "ran the bases" tactically. Black scored an inside the board home run starting with: 11...Qxd6 (first base), 19...Qb6+ (second base), 20...Qxb2 (third base), and 21...Qxh2# checkmate (home plate). Black has scored the winning run.

Tretter - Sawyer, corr Internet 1995 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 [5...Nf6 6.Bf4=] 6.Ne2 [6.Nf3=] 6...Bg4 [6...e6=] 7.f3 [7.0-0=] 7...Bh5 [7...Bd7 8.Bf4 e5! Lakdawala] 8.Bf4 Qd7 9.Nd2 e6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.g3 Nge7 13.Nf4 Bg6 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.f4 Nf5 16.Bxf5 [16.Qe2=] 16...gxf5 17.Nf3 0-0-0 18.Ne5 [18.Qe2=] 18...Nxe5 19.dxe5? [19.fxe5 Qa6=/+] 19...Qb6+ 20.Qd4 Qxb2 21.Qxa7 Qxh2# 0-1

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