How Not to Play the Caro-Kann

Nov 13, 2015, 8:08 AM |

So, I was randomly perusing my database and stumbled on a shocking Grandmaster game that ended in checkmate after only five moves.

The grandmaster was the Hungarian Richard Rapport who is, as of this writing ranked 46th in the world (active players). His opponent was the untitled English player Tim Rogers. To be fair, Rogers was a full 690 elo points below him at the time of the game, but you would never expect to see a game like this from someone rated over 2000. Further, before we get too carried away, we don't have any idea the circumstances surrounding this game, for all we know, Rogers had the flu and was under the influence of significant medications.

The game took place during the 2014 Politiken Cup which was held in Helsingor Denmark July 21-29.

Personally, I'd be thrilled to have the chance to lose to a GM rated over 2700! I've never even had the chance to play a FIDE titled player over the board, let alone a world top 50. Further, I think it goes without saying that if I ever played Rogers he'd beat me 99 out of 100 times.

Having said all of that, and hopefully being as gracious as is humanly possible, without further ado, I present to you, How Not to Play the Caro-Kann: