Sunday, June 17, 2018

Caro-Kann Defence Exchanges

A superficial glance at the Caro-Kann Defence may lead one to assume Black hopes to win by gaining a positional edge in the middlegame that bears fruit in the endgame. But strong players often win with tactics as in the game Ed Schreiber vs Dejan Pikula.

Schreiber (1887) - Pikula (2460), 1st Zurich Easter Op SUI, 30.03.2018 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Ne5 Nbd7 12.f4 c5 13.Be3 [13.f5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Qxd3 15.cxd3 Nd7=] 13...Nxe5 [Or 13...Qa5+ 14.Bd2 Qa4=] 14.fxe5 Nd5 15.Bd2 cxd4 16.Qxd4 Qc7 17.c3 [17.Qa4+ Qc6 18.Qxc6+ bxc6 19.0-0-0=] 17...Bc5 18.Qe4 0-0-0 19.Ne2 Rd7 20.0-0-0 Rhd8 21.Bf4 Qc6 22.Rd3 [22.Nd4 Qb6=/+]
22...Nxf4! 23.Qxc6+ bxc6 24.Rxd7 [Or 24.Nxf4 Rxd3 25.Nxd3 Rxd3 26.Rf1 Be3+ 27.Kb1 Rd7-+] 24...Nxe2+ 25.Kd1 Rxd7+ 26.Kxe2 Rd5 0-1

London 2.Bf4 Tactics gives 200 ways to win quickly as White from moves 7 to 22.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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