Saturday, October 15, 2016

Caro-Kann Solid Chaney Game

Ron Chaney and I played a lot of games over a 20 year period in American Postal Chess Tournaments (APCT). I won more of the early games played by postcard. Chaney won more of the later games played by email.

Two of our games were in the Caro-Kann Defence. In this game Ronald Chaney had the Black pieces. In the first of those games I had Black. There I played 4…Bf5. That game was played in 1978. The second Caro-Kann game is given below. Ron Chaney had Black and chose the solid 4…Nd7. This was one of the rare games where neither one of us made any serious mistakes. White attacked with the 5.Ng5 line.

Black found a lesser known line with 7…Be7 that equalized. Black had the advantage of the two bishops. This changed to a bishop for a knight in the middlegame. White had a pawn majority on the queenside. Black had one on the kingside. The rooks were set to possibly come off the board very soon when a draw was agreed.

Sawyer (1944) - Chaney (1972), EMQ-3 corr APCT, 08.01.1997 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Be7 [The main line is 7...Bd6= ] 8.Qe2 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 c5 11.0-0 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bf6 [12...0-0=] 13.Qd6 [13.Qa4 a6 14.c3+/=] 13...Qe7 14.Qxe7+  [White could probe the position further with 14.Qg3!? Nc5 15.Bf4 Nxd3 16.cxd3 Bd7= (but not 16...Bxb2? 17.Bd6 Qd8 18.Rab1 Bf6 19.Nd2+/=) ] 14...Kxe7 15.c3 Nc5 16.Bc2 b6 17.Be3 Ba6 18.Rfe1 Nd3 19.Bxd3 Bxd3 20.Bd4 [20.Rad1=] 20...Bxd4 [20...Rhd8=] 21.Nxd4 Rac8 [21...Ba6!?=] 22.Re3 [22.Rad1=] 22...Ba6 23.Nf5+ Kf6 24.Nd6 Rc7 25.Rd1 g6 [25...Rd8=] 26.Ne4+ [26.Rf3+ Kg7 27.c4 Ra8=] 26...Ke7 27.f3 f5 28.Nf2 Kf6 [28...Rc6=] 29.Ree1 Rhh7 1/2-1/2

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