A Caro-Kann Player’s Nightmare · Road to GM, Game 213

If you are looking for a weapon against the Caro-Kann, look no further.

If I had to choose one variation I hate facing when playing the Caro-Kann, it would be the Bd3 Ng5 main line against the Karpov. It seems impossible for black to equalize in it, and it’s always harder for black to play than for white.

It’s dangerous, and you have to pay attention to your king and your pawn structure. I need to find a way to avoid it.

Bruessow J. (1763) – Tomic S. (1970)
Caro-Kann, Karpov
Città di Arco Open A 2021, Round 7

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. Qe2 Bd6 8. N1f3 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Nf6 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. Bd2 b6 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. f4 O-O-O 15. O-O c5 16. c3 Kb8 17. a4 Nd5 18. a5 f6 19. axb6 axb6 20. Ng6 Rhe8 21. Bb5 Bc6 22. Ra6 Ne7 23. Nxe7 Rxe7 24. Bxc6 Qxc6 25. Rfa1 Rdd7 26. Ra8+ Qxa8 27. Rxa8+ Kxa8 28. Qa6+ Ra7 29. Qxb6 Red7 30. Be3 cxd4 31. Bxd4 Rab7 32. Qa6+ Kb8 33. Qe2 Bxf4 34. Qxe6 Re7 35. Qg8+ Kc7 36. b4 Kd7 37. Qd5+ Kc7 38. Qc4+ Kb8 39. Qg8+

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