Sunday, August 14, 2016

Caro Kann Kohut Knight Sacrifice

Gregory Kohut and I played several postal chess games in 1977. The first one was a Caro-Kann Defence Panov Botvinnik Attack. That game was played in APCT.

According to my records, all the other games were played in Ron’s Postal Chess Club (RPCC). Kohut and I had five interesting games with no draws. I chose the Caro-Kann Defence 4…Nd7 variation. That was relatively rare for me since I usually played 4...Bf5.

I set up a solid defense. All my pieces were developed by move 12. My intention was to attack queenside and in the center. Then Gregory Kohut boldly made a daring but unnecessary knight sacrifice with 19.Nxe6?! This gave Black good winning chances if he defended correctly. Ten moves later White resigned.

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Kohut (1700) - Sawyer, corr RPCC 1977 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 e6 7.Bc4 [7.Bd3] 7...Nb6 8.Bb3 [8.Bd3] 8...c5 9.c3 Qc7 [9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 Be7=] 10.dxc5 [White could gain a tempo is he delayed the capture of c5 for a move and played 10.0-0 Be7 11.dxc5+/=] 10...Bxc5 11.0-0 0-0 12.Qe2 Bd7 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Rad1 Ba4 15.Bxa4 Nxa4 16.Nd4 a6 17.Rfe1 Rad8?! [17...b5 18.Bxf6 Bxf6=] 18.Bc1 [White has a nice shot with 18.Ndf5! exf5 19.Nxf5 Rxd1 20.Nxe7+ Kh8 21.Qxd1 Nxb2 22.Qd4+/-] 18...b5 19.Nxe6?! [This is an unnecessary sacrifice. Chances were equal after 19.Bg5=] 19...fxe6 20.Qxe6+ Kh8 21.Qxa6 [21.Rxd8 Bxd8 22.Qxa6 Qd7-/+ when Black has a knight for two pawns.] 21...Bc5 [Better was 21...Rb8-+] 22.Qxb5 [22.Rxd8! Qxd8 23.Qxb5 Ng4 24.Be3 Bxe3 25.fxe3 Qh4 26.Qh5 Qxh5 27.Nxh5 Nxb2-/+ when White has three isolated pawns against Black's extra knight.] 22...Bxf2+ 23.Kh1 Bxe1 24.Rxe1 Nc5 25.Qe2 Nd3 26.Rf1 Ng4 27.Bg5 Rxf1+ 28.Nxf1 Rf8 29.g3 Ndf2+ 0-1

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