Chess Postmortem #2: Caro Kann: Advance Variation with 3... c5

Chess Postmortem #2: Caro Kann: Advance Variation with 3... c5

tnan123
tnan123
May 13, 2016, 9:15 AM |
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This time I show a game at the time control of 30/30 which ended in a draw. We play the Caro Kann: Advance Variation with 3... c5. Black attempts to get a "better" version of the French defense. An opening with not a lot of theory and a wide array of choices for BOTH sides. I've identified 2 key moments. One I was able to solve during the game. The second moment is an amazing tactic I missed. The endgame is quite interesting as well.

 
Can you find the best move? There is tons of pressure on d4. Black just played Bf5-Be4 threatening to take my knight defending d4. I spent a lot of time calculating here during the game finding the right move and the probably continuation. See the game below for the answer.
 
 
Black just played Qb2 to d2. I missed the best move here. Can you find it? See the game below for the answer.
 
 
Analyzing this endgame would require a whole other post. Overall quite a instructive game for me.
 
*Originally published on my website here.