Monday, May 22, 2006

May (2)

K - C
May Match Internet Chess Club (2), 22.05.2006
B19 - Caro-Kann : 4. ...Bf5 main line

1.e4 c6
[After reading through Weeramantry's "Lessons of a Chess Coach" I wanted to play 1...d6 since that's what basically every game was in there, but unfortunately I remembered that Kirk tried to get into the KID with 2.c4 and of course i can't get into the Grünfeld if he already has e4 in] 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Mildly surprising 3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 [I kinda wanted to try 4...Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 but I wanted a longish game and was curious to see what he had in mind] 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bc4?! Looking for a Tal-esque sacrifice on e6 (which he tried later) 8...e6 9.0-0 [9.Qe2 may be stronger if he wants to work on e6; During the game I thought he may try 9.Bf4 to limit me on the dark squares] 9...Bd6 looking for tactics involving taking out the knight on g3...plus I didn't want to give him a second shot at Bf4 10.c3 Ngf6 11.Qb3 Nb6 [Fritz preferred 11...Qc7 actually threatening something but i was happy enough with this position] 12.Bxe6? I think he needed to play [12.Re1 to try and get this line but even then, it's tough because i'm attacking his bishop;
12.Be2 was another try but I'm happy with this position. Kirk wanted to try and take advantage of my king being stuck in the center] 12...fxe6 13.Qxe6+ Qe7 14.Re1 Qxe6 of course i'm looking for any middlegame with queens off in a position like this 15.Rxe6+ Kd7 16.Re1 Rhe8 17.Be3 [Fritz liked 17.Ne5+ Bxe5 18.dxe5 Nfd5 but I think i'm as good here as he is 19.h5 Bh7 20.f4 looks more aggressive for him...] 17...Ng4 18.Nf1 Nc4 19.b3 Ncxe3 [Fritz wanted to try 19...Na3 20.Rac1 Rad8 but I was happy enough getting the pieces off. Maybe I shouldn't have been though...even with the pieces off he had no mobility...I likely should have *not* traded off the bishop pair and tried to squeeze him anymore, but this way I got the bishop pair against nothing and his pieces were cramped] 20.fxe3 Bd3 21.N3d2 Be4! Whether this was actually the strongest move or not I'm not sure, all I know is that I was happy with this move which made it tough for him to find any active plans. His only active move was e4. 22.Nc4 Bc7 23.Ncd2 Re7 24.c4 [Of course anywhere around here 24.Nxe4 Rxe4 followed by 25.-- Rae8 and I win the e-pawn.] 24...Rae8 25.c5 Bd3 White resigns 0-1

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,K - Sadler,C [B19]
22.05.2006


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 I decided to go in for the mainline for a change. I had played a few CM8000 games in which Spassky dominated in this line as White so I thought I'd try it.
3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 This is where my knowledge of theory went (I hadn't actually played these Spassky games for about 3 months but they felt good). I knew the type of position: Bc4/e6/Nf3/Nd7/Qc7/etc. but knew I was bound to screw up the move order.
7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bc4 [The theoretical line is 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4! and White has no problems with development. The issue with my line is that Black inevitably has to play .. e6 to get his development, destroying my light squared bishop. Better is just to exchange it off.]
8...e6 9.0-0 Bd6! Now my development will have troubles.
10.c3 I was stuck without a plan, and just figured to lock myself in for the long haul.
10...Ngf6 11.Qb3 A bad idea, but if I was going to sac I had to do it before he castled (the whole intent of the sacrifice). I would have liked to spend a few moves getting knight and rooks into play but didn't have the time (this is when I should have come to my senses).
11...Nb6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Qxe6+ As you can imagine, I was hoping to avoid the queen exchange, but was sadly unable to.
13...Qe7 14.Re1 Qxe6 15.Rxe6+ Kd7! I missed this (obvious move) in my calculations. I had hoped for blocking with the Bishop where I could increase the pressure. Black has a nicely won game here. I play on for a few moves.
16.Re1 Rhe8 17.Be3?? [17.Ne5+ Bxe5 18.dxe5 Nfd5 19.f4 gives me a slight bit of pressure. The text just coughs up another pawn.]
17...Ng4 18.Nf1 Nc4 19.b3 Ncxe3 20.fxe3 Bd3! This was the heart breaker. Black just has to double up his rooks and win the game.
21.N3d2 Be4 22.Nc4 Bc7 23.Ncd2 Re7 24.c4 Rae8 25.c5 Bd3 A nicely played game by Craig. 0-1