Caro Kann Defense, Finnish variation – Standard chess #48

I played as black in this one, and opted for the Caro-Kann Defense. During the game, I recalled a move that Leela Chess Zero played as early as move 4. Only after the game did I realize that the move denotes the Finnish variation. To name a couple ideas, the Finnish variation of the Caro-Kann attempts to save a move over the mainline Caro-Kann, and negate any white lines where a knight pivots on g5. There would be no haymakers thrown in this game. Given the opening is the Caro-Kann, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise when it tends towards a game of inches. Surprisingly enough however, it can be quite easy for black to misstep as early as move 7! The Rapid time control for this game is 15 minutes with a 10 second increment.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 h6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Bd3 e6 7. Bf4 Bxe4 8. Bxe4 Nf6 9. Bd3 Bd6 10. Qd2 Qc7 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. O-O-O Nbd7 13. Rhe1 Qc7 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nd7 16. f4 O-O-O 17. Qf2 Qb6 18. Qxb6 axb6 19. b4 b5 20. Be4 Kc7 21. Rd2 Nb6 22. Red1 Rxd2 23. Rxd2 Ra8 24. c3 f5 25. Bf3 Nc4 26. Rc2 g5 27. g4 gxf4 28. gxf5 Nxe5 29. Be4 exf5 30. Bxf5 Rf8 31. Be4 f3 32. Rf2 Rf4

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