A mysterious end by a God | Caro-Kann, Finnish – Standard Chess #53

I played black and opted for the Finnish variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. This was the 2nd time I’ve played this variation while recording a standard video for YouTube. From my experiences, I think a slight plus in space isn’t really an advantage when 3 minor pieces have been exchanged. By game’s end, a mysterious one at that, I was left reflecting on this aforementioned idea. 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. c3 Bf5 6. Bd3 e6 7. Bf4 Nf6 8. Nxf6+ Qxf6 9. Bg3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Qd8 11. Nf3 Bd6 12. O-O-O Bxg3 13. hxg3 Nd7 14. Kb1 Qc7 15. c4 Nf6 16. Ne5 O-O-O 17. Qe3 Kb8 18. Rhe1 Rhf8 19. g4 Nd7 20. Nd3 Nb6 21. b3 Nd7 22. Kb2 Nf6 23. Ne5 Nd7 24. Nd3 Qd6 25. f3 Rfe8 26. Qf2 Qc7 27. f4 f6 28. Kb1 Re7 29. Re4 Rde8 30. Rde1 Qd6 31. c5 Qc7 32. R1e3 Nf8 33. Qe1 g5 34. f5 Qd7 35. Nb2 b5 36. a4 a6 37. Nd3 Kb7 38. Nb4 Qc8 39. axb5 axb5 40. d5 cxd5 41. c6+ Kb8 42. Rd4

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