Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rob Hartelt Caro-Kann to BDG

Rob Hartelt wins a Caro-Kann that transposed into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. White had a winning plan that led to a crisp sharp victory. White looks to be having fun! Black used the handle “petrorebro” and was listed as being from Ukraine. The players were ready for action in this one minute game. Rob Hartelt consistently applied pressure. Black lost on time just before getting mated. White still had 35 seconds left.

When I played both the Caro-Kann Defence and Slav Defence as Black, it made sense to answer 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 with 2...c6. The natural continuation 3.e4 dxe4 lead to positions that I knew well. I wrote about my own adventures in my book on the Caro-Kann. In this opening typically White plays 4.Nxe4 when Black has a choice between 4…Nf6, 4…Nd7 and 4…Bf5. I played them all from both sides of the board. Once in a while as Black, I faced a bold White player who offered a gambit by 4.f3!? exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bc4. Note that White might arrive at the same position after 4.Bc4!? Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3.

Rob Hartelt is an active player in the Colorado chess scene. I’m sure that he picks up tactical ideas being around so many strong players. One such motif was h4 with the bishop sacrifice Bxh7+ followed by Qh5. It proved to be an excellent practical choice at a fast speed. White’s plan worked here with Black’s cooperation.

Hartelt - petrorebro, Live Chess, 21.12.2016 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 c6 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6 [6...Bg4 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4 Nbd7 10.Qe2 h6 11.Bf4 Nxg4 12.Qxg4 Kh7 13.0-0-0+/-] 7.Bg5 [7.0-0 Be7 (7...Nbd7 8.Qe1 Bd6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 h6 11.Bd3=) 8.Qe1 Nbd7 9.Bd3 c5 10.Be3 0-0 11.Kh1 cxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc5 13.Rd1 Bxd4 14.Nxd4=] 7...Be7 [7...Nbd7 8.0-0 Qb6 9.Rb1 Bd6 10.Qd3=] 8.Bd3 0-0 9.h4!? [9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.0-0-0=] 9...c5 [9...Nbd7 would defend against White's creative combination.] 10.Bxf6 Bxf6
11.Bxh7+!? Kxh7 12.Ng5+ Bxg5? [Black did not have time to find the perfect defense: 12...Kh6! 13.Qc1 Bxg5 14.hxg5+ Kg6 15.Ne2 f5-+] 13.hxg5+ Kg8 14.Qh5 f6 15.g6 with mate in one. 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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