Saturday, October 1, 2016

Caro-Kann Defence d6 Danger

Dr. Thomas R. Noonan upset my Caro-Kann Defence research. My favorite 5…g6 gambit line against the 4.c4 Panov Variation had served me well. Chess opening books were not widely available in 1977. Authors recommended the same few lines of theory. Postal players like myself who did research could repeat the same few main lines.

There is a back story to this game. Dr. Thomas Noonan played the same line against me in the same event at the same time as did George Fawbush. They copied each other for 10 moves. There must have been a slight difference in transmission time. Fawbush moved quickly but he lived near St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Noonan lived only 50 miles from me in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The city of Oak Ridge is located just west of Knoxville along I-40. It is famous for scientific research. Oak Ridge is known as the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

Noonan demonstrated that I had a serious danger on the d-file. My target was his d5 pawn sitting in front of his d4 pawn. The problem was I had not yet blockaded the pawn with a piece on d6. Noonan’s move 13.d6 exploded onto the board like an atomic bomb. My position blew up. It left me shook up. I played my 5…g6 line intending to regain the gambit pawn on d5. Now all of a sudden I had to remain down a pawn and losing.

Noonan - Sawyer, corr TCA 1977 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Qb3 Bg7 7.cxd5 0-0 8.Be2 Nbd7 9.Bf3 Nb6 10.Bg5 [10.Nge2 Bg4 11.Bxg4 Nxg4 12.a4=] 10...a5 [10...Re8! 11.Nge2 Bg4=] 11.Nge2 Bf5?! 12.0-0 Bd3 13.d6! Qxd6 14.Bxb7 Ra7 15.Bf3 e6? [15...Bc4 16.Qc2+/=] 16.Qd1 Bxe2 [16...Ba6 17.Rc1+/=] 17.Qxe2 Rd7 18.Nb5 Qb4 19.Bc6 Rxd4 20.Nxd4 Qxd4 21.Be3 Qe5 22.Qb5 Nbd5 23.Bxd5 Ng4 24.g3 Nxe3 25.fxe3 Rb8 [25...exd5 26.Rae1+/-] 26.Qd7 exd5 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Qf4 Rxb2 29.Rab1 Qc3 30.Rbc1 1-0

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