Friday, June 24, 2016

Caro-Kann Defence Early 2.Nf3

If you play the Caro-Kann Defence at the club level, there are natural lines that you will see very often. One is 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3. This can easily transpose to the Exchange Variation after 2...d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4. What is the difference between this move order and the normal move order 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nf3?

True, they reach the same position, but White had better options instead of 4.Nf3 in the second line. White could attack the d5 pawn with 4.c4. White could also hinder the development of the Black bishop with 4.Bd3. Via the move order 2.Nf3, the move 4.Nf3 does neither. Black is left to attack d4 with 4...Nc6 and pin the Nf3 with 5...Bg4.

At the Williamsport chess club at Lycoming College Mike Dest and I played an unrated offhand game. I do not remember if we used a clock or not. It probably was not a blitz game. Most of our games were slow enough so that I could write down the moves. That would be Game 30 or without a clock at all.

Black was allowed to freely attack in this variation. He picked off one White pawn after another as pieces were exchanged. The players entered a double rook and pawn endgame. The White king was flushed out of the pocket like a quarterback. Within a few moves the king was sacked in the center of the board and checkmated on e5 by a pawn.

Dest - Sawyer, Williamsport, PA 1997 begins 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.Bg5 [7.h3=] 7...Qb6 [7...Be7=] 8.b3 [8.0-0=] 8...Bxf3 [8...Bb4!-+] 9.Bxf3 Qxd4 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.0-0 Nxf3+ 12.gxf3 a6 [12...Rc8!-+] 13.Rfe1 Be7 14.Bf4 [14.Bxe7 Nxe7-/+] 14...Rc8 15.Na4 Rxc2 [15...b5!-+] 16.Be5? Bf6 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.Nb6 Nd7 [18...Rc6!-+] 19.Nxd7 Kxd7 20.Re5 Rhc8 21.Ree1 Rb2 22.Kg2 Rcc2 23.a4 Rxf2+ 24.Kg3 Rg2+ 25.Kf4 Rxb3 26.Rg1 g5+ 27.Ke5 Ke7 28.Rab1 Re2+ 29.Kd4 Rd2+ 30.Ke5 f6# 0-1

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