Thursday, September 8, 2016

Caro-Kann Classical vs Chaney

Future world champion Gary Kasparov played the Caro-Kann Defence until he got his rating over 2500. During 1977 and 1978 Kasparov won about 10 games with it and drew many others. In 1976 chess coach Aleksander Shakarov became the coach of Gary Kasparov. They worked together for about 30 years. They wrote a book on the Classical Caro-Kann around 1984. GM Gary Kasparov switched to the more complicated Sicilian Defence as his rating approached 2700. The Caro-Kann taught him how to study and win in the opening against masters.

One of my own favorite wins as Black in the Caro-Kann was against Ronald L Chaney. Later we would play many times. This game was in the 4…Bf5 main variation in the 14…Nb6 line. Like me, Chaney did a lot of research. He played openings well.

For this game I found the idea of 23…g5! The game was equal until White blundered on move 31. Vincent Nardacci played this line more accurately against me.

Chaney (1850) - Sawyer (1950), corr APCT 78R-2, 01.1978 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Qc7 11.Bd2 e6 12.Qe2 Ngf6 13.0-0-0 0-0-0 14.Ne5 Nb6 15.Ba5 [15.c4 Rxd4 16.Be3 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Rg8=] 15...Rd5  [15...c5!?] 16.Bxb6 axb6 17.c4 Rd8 [17...Ra5 18.Kb1 Bd6 19.f4 Kb8=] 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4 Bd6 20.f4 f5?! [20...c5! 21.dxc5 bxc5 22.b3 f5=] 21.Qe3 Bxe5 22.Qxe5 Qxe5 23.dxe5 g5! [I think I found this move in Chess Informant analysis to this Martin - Pomar game. 23...Rhg8 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.Rd1+ Kc7 26.Rd6 g5 27.g3 gxf4 28.gxf4 1-0 in 46. Martin Gonzalez - Pomar Salamanca, Las Palmas 1977] 24.fxg5 [24.hxg6 Rdg8 25.g3 Rxg6 26.Rh3=] 24...hxg5 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Kd2 Ke7 27.Ke3 Kf7 28.Kf3 Rd8 29.Ke3 f4+ 30.Ke2 Rd4 31.Rd1? [This is a losing mistake. Black picks off the h5 in a pawn endgame. White can reach a drawn rook and pawn ending with 31.h6! Kg8 32.Kf3 Kh7 33.Kg4 f3+ 34.Kxf3 Rf4+ 35.Ke3 Rxc4 36.Rf1 Kxh6 37.Rf6+ Kg7 38.Rxe6 Kf7=] 31...Rxd1 32.Kxd1 Kg7 0-1

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