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Exploring my Game: Trying out the Caro Kann


  • 14 months ago · Quote · #1

    DragonKings

    I've been studying a bit on the Caro Kann. I have recently been playing the French Defence but I just wanted to see how well I do compared to the French. I'm still trying to figure out if i'm a positional or tactical player. So I'm experimenting with the positional and tactical openings. I've recently posted a forum of my french game if you guys haven't seen it yet. Link to the game.

    http://www.chess.com/forum/view/game-analysis/need-help-improving-my-game-game-analysis



  • 14 months ago · Quote · #2

    aggressivesociopath

    Your opponent lost a piece on move 8. He also should have avoided 7. g4 and just returned the pawn with 7. Nc5. You avoided 7...Be4 8. Qe2 Bxa1 9. Nd6+ Kd8 10. Nxf7+. After that your opponent was a piece down without compensation.

    Maybe 12. e6 offered "practical chances."

    17. b5 exploits the pin nicely.

    I assume when you played 19...Bxc5 you failed to notice that the queen was defending the rook.

    I was surprised, but 23...Ra8 traps White's queen. 25...Qf2#, so you chose the strongest move anyway.

    31. Qf1 holds out longer, but is futile.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #3

    Remellion

    @aggressivesociopath: I fail to see anything after 23...Ra8 24. Qb4, nor 25. Kd1 Qb3+ (25...Rd8??? 26. Qxd8#) 26. Kc1. But of course black's winning. The rest I agree with.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #4

    aggressivesociopath

    Yeah I probably should have just stuck to what I orignaly wrote instead of writing more and more as I typed.

    25. Kd1 Rb8 is a mating net. I am still being a bit lazy, but 26. Bf3 Rb1+ 27. Be1 Qf2#, 26. Bb4 Qb1+, 26. Bxd4 Bxd4 leaves the rook en prise, and 26. Ke1 Nf2+ 27. Kd1 Rb1+ all win.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #5

    aggressivesociopath

    Some of these patterns are pretty. EDIT I neglected to mention a line where White could give up his queen to countinue.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #6

    RatDogFriday

    4...Nd7 is another variation. Directly supports the e5/c5 breaks or a recapture by a piece after Nf6 Nxf6, which is the bread and butter of the Caro-Kann. I prefer that line of play. You have clear plans to pursue, your development is generally easy, and no pawn weaknesses.

    It's a good, solid opening.


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