Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Caro-Kann Playbook Haines

My new Caro-Kann Playbook for Black is a companion to London 2.Bf4 Playbook for White. Ray Haines convinced me to try the Caro-Kann Defence in 1974. Soon I started winning with it. He won the Caro-Kann below against Nathan Gates. Ray Haines wrote:

"I played Nathan Gates three times before. I played a Sicilian Defense as black in two of those games. I decided to play the Caro-Kann. I have always liked this opening. It was the first opening which I studied back when I start to study how to play. I know that many very strong players have played this opening past; like Botvinnik, Smyslov, Korchnoi, and Tim Sawyer [Editor: Very funny Ray]. The opening is a lot like the French only with the queen bishop out. I chose to treat it like a French Defense in this game. The problem was that White used 8.c4 to open the game. The result was that he ended up with the better game. He did use a lot of time on his clock, which met that he had trouble finding the best moves. I got the better game after a half way into the game and won on time."

[My Caro-Kann Playbook is available in Kindle digital and in paperback.]

Gates - Haines, Houlton Open (3), 03.06.2017 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Qb6 [5...Nd7 6.0-0 Ne7=] 6.Nbd2 Nd7 7.0-0 Ne7 8.c4 c5 [8...Ng6!?] 9.dxc5 Nxc5 [9...Qxc5!?] 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nc4 Qd8 12.Nd4 a6 [12...Bg6 13.Nb5 Ne4 14.Qa4 Qd7 15.Ne3+-] 13.Nxf5 exf5 14.Re1 [14.Qc2 Qc8 15.Bf3 Nb4 16.Qe2+-] 14...Ne6 15.Bf3 Nb4 16.Bxb7 Rb8 17.Qa4+ Qd7 18.Qxd7+ Kxd7 19.Rd1+ Kc7 20.Bf3 Nc2 21.Rb1 Bc5 22.Ne3 [22.Bd2! Ncd4 23.Bd5 Kd7 24.b4+-] 22...Ncd4 23.Bd5 [23.Bd2+/-] 23...Rhd8 [23...Ne2+ 24.Kf1 Nc3 25.Bd2 Nxd1=/+] 24.Bb3 [24.Bd2+/-] 24...Nxb3 25.axb3 Rxd1+ 26.Nxd1 Rxb3 27.Nc3 Bd4 28.Bd2 Bxe5 29.Rc1 Kb7 30.g3 [30.Na4 Rd3-/+] 30...Rxb2 31.Be3 Bd4 32.Bxd4 Nxd4 33.Rd1 Nf3+ 34.Kg2 Ne5 35.Rd5 f6 36.Na4 Rb5 37.Rd8 Kc6 38.Rg8 Rb7 39.Nc3 Ra7 40.h4 a5 41.f4 Ng4 42.Rc8+ Kd7 43.Rc5 [Or 43.Rg8 Ke6 44.Re8+ Kf7-+] 43...a4 44.Ne2 a3 45.Rc1 [Or 45.Nc1 a2-+] 45...a2 46.Ra1 Ne3+ 47.Kf3 Nc2 48.Rd1+ [Black will queen his a-pawn and win.] 0-1

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