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This is a game from the local chess club, and possibly the most exciting of the round! The time control was G/60 + 30inc and the pairings are made in advance. The game was a back-n-forth struggle with an exchange sacrifice towards the end. I thought this instructive game would make a good blog post.
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I'd looked at the 4..h6 lines and planned to proceed with e6. However we've played several previous Caro-Kann 4.h4 games, and expected 4..h5 was more likely. I peeked at the 5. Bg5 game Zweber cited, very interesting. 10. f4 was a big positional mistake for white. I was playing defensive until Jack slipped up at the very end and let me escape.
Chris I think it's a great weapon against the Caro even if they know it's coming.
c6 is my favorite move to play against since discovering the 4. h4 variation. I would say 80% of players (including many strong players) allow e6 pawn sacrifice lines with 4... h6 and retreating the bishop along the h7 diagonal.
5. Bg5 causes more headaches than c4 imo
I used to play both and used 1...c6 at times against 1.d4 or 1.c4. If you don't play the caro against 1.e4 I wouldn't recommend 1...c6 against 1.d4. Just play d5 to reach a slav.
alot of slav players play the carokann tho
Interesting game. I would have definitely played 32. ... Qxc6 because the resulting position gives black solid winning chances and almost no chance of losing. I liked the exchange sacrifice, though, as white has no good way to return the exchange in the resulting position. 26. ... Ne3 was too slow I think, need to get the rook involved more quickly.
@kindhumor I'm glad you found the comments helpful. What do you typically play against 1.e4? As a 1.d4 players now I might consider playing 1.d4 c6 2.e4 as White just to head for a Caro. Have you tried responding to 1.d4 with 1...d5 directly to cut out some theory you have to know?
@StevieBlues - You're correct 12.Nxd5 is a strong move! The best reply might be 12...Nxe5 with close to equality. Black started to gain an advantage after the game line 12.Ng5. Thanks for pointing this out.
You are right about it being a nice game to post! Your comments were very helpful. I play the Caro-Kann when the opposition plays 1 d4 c6 2 e4 . Of course it is more main line to respond 2 c4 and turn to the slav, but if they open with d4 instead of e4, then they might not have as much experience in the Caro. Since i am not booked up, i like it if the other player is not in their book either.
Great game and thanks, also.
Can't white play 12. Nxd5! ?
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