Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Caro-Kann Exchange with Bb5

The Caro-Kann Exchange Variation is played by people of all skill levels and experience. Some grandmasters love it. Players at the club level sometimes just stubble into it. After the opening moves 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5, the pawn on e4 is under attack. What does White do when in danger of dropping a pawn? White captures a pawn. Take that! Or on second thought, I’ll take that!

One night at the Williamsport chess club, I found myself playing Daniel Taormina. I don’t remember much about him. I imagine that work or family kept him busy, but he did seem to enjoy playing chess when he could make it to the club.

Daniel exchanged pawns on move three. He avoided the normal 4.Bd3. Instead he played an early 2.Nf3. After 4.d4 came 5.Bb5. Our game here proceeded normally until the White pieces got a little loose. Instead of protecting his pieces, White started attacking the Black pieces.

Then White committed a counting error when pieces were being exchanged. Black picked up a two for one and won a piece. Many Caro-Kann Defense games last a long time. This had to be one of my shorter Black wins with this defence.

Taormina - Sawyer, Williamsport, PA 1995 begins 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bg4 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.h3 Bf5 [7...Bxf3 8.Qxf3 e6=] 8.0-0 e6 9.Bf4 Bd6 10.Ne5 [10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.Nbd2=] 10...Qc7 11.Nd2? [11.Qd2=] 11...f6 12.g4 fxe5 [12...Be4!-+] 13.Bxe5 [13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxe5 Qxe5=/+] 13...Bxe5 14.dxe5 Bg6 0-1

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