Thursday, August 18, 2016

Caro-Kann Albin Counter Attack

Confidence is a tricky thing. Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview the most successful people in the world to develop a philosophy of success. Hill proved this truth. The way you think will greatly determine your success in life.

That truth applies to chess on two levels. On the lower level your thought process will determine whether you find good moves or miss them. On the higher level your belief in your ability to win will influence how hard you work to make your efforts succeed. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Players who give up on an opening, or give up playing for a win, or give up studying the game, or give up playing at all will not be winners in chess and maybe not in life either.

I believed in the Caro-Kann Defence. Why? I believed I could win games by castling opposite sides and assaulting my opponent’s king. I believed this to be true, no matter how solid the opening. I demonstrated this against a young Harvey C. Roys. Later Roys became a strong correspondence master, but we were young.

White chose a good and solid approach to castle kingside. Thus my belief in opposite side castling led me to go queenside and attack. Against Harvey Roys, Black obtained a winning attack that somewhat resembled a successful Albin-Counter Gambit. Later I learned that there were easier ways to attack than 1…c6.

Roys - Sawyer, corr APCT 77SC-11, 11.1977 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Bd3 e6 8.0-0 [8.Bf4 Qa5+ 9.c3 Ngf6=] 8...Ngf6 9.Re1 [9.Bxg6 hxg6 10.c4=] 9...Bd6 10.Bg5 [10.Nf5 Bxf5 11.Bxf5 0-0 12.Bd3 c5 13.c3=] 10...Qc7 [10...0-0= is a good and solid approach.] 11.Nf1 0-0-0 12.h3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 h6 14.Be3 g5 15.g3 [15.N1d2 Rhg8 16.Nc4 g4 17.hxg4 Nxg4 18.Nxd6+ Qxd6=] 15...g4 16.hxg4 Nxg4 17.N3h2 [17.Bd2!=] 17...Nxh2!?  [17...Nxe3=/+] 18.Nxh2? Rhg8!? [More logical is 18...Rdg8!-/+] 19.Nf1 [19.Kh1 Nc5-/+] 19...h5! 0-1

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