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Exchange Sacrifice in the Caro

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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  • 10 months ago

    JackBurton2008

    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.

  • 10 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Chris I think it's a great weapon against the Caro even if they know it's coming. 

  • 10 months ago

    Zweb

    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. 

    http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/games/java/2007/caro-adv-h4.htm

  • 10 months ago

    Zweb

    5. Bg5 causes more headaches than c4 imo

  • 10 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    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.

  • 10 months ago

    KPowers55

    @smarterchess

    alot of slav players play the carokann tho

  • 10 months ago

    EVRaulli

    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.

  • 10 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    @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?

  • 10 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    @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.

  • 10 months ago

    kindhumor

    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.

  • 10 months ago

    StevieBlues

    Great game and thanks, also.

  • 10 months ago

    StevieBlues

    Can't white play 12. Nxd5!  ?

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