Trying to play the Caro-Kann like Alireza · Road to GM, Game 276

The Caro-Kann can be the most aggressive opening in the right hands. Alireza Firouzja is a great example of using it to attack like a madman. I tried to go for the setup he used to defeat Tari.

Vucenovic D. (2053) – Tomic S. (1990)
European Amateur Chess Championship 2022
U2300 Section, Round 3
Caro-Kann, Exchange Variation

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. c3 Bg4 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Bg5 e6 8. Nd2 Bd6 9. h3 Bh5 10. Ngf3 Nc6 11. O-O O-O 12. Rfe1 Rfe8 13. Rac1 Bg6 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. c4 Na5 16. Qc3 Nxc4 17. Ne5 Rac8 18. Nexc4 dxc4 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Qf3 b5 21. Ne4 Be7 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Qxf6 Qd8

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