Need a weapon against the Tal Caro-Kann? · Road to GM, Game 282

The Tal variation is a common way for white to try and crush the Caro-Kann. Here’s a great weapon against it not even strong players are very familiar with!

Grgantov M. (2048) – Tomic S. (1990)
European Amateur Chess Championship 2022
U2300 Section, Round 9
Caro-Kann, Tal Variation

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Be4 6. f3 Bh7 7. e6 Qd6 8. exf7+ Kxf7 9. Bd3 e5 10. Bxh7 Rxh7 11. Ne2 Nd7 12. Nbc3 Ngf6 13. Qd3 Re8 14. Be3 exd4 15. Bxd4 Ne5 16. Bxe5 Qxe5 17. O-O-O Qe3+ 18. Qxe3 Rxe3 19. Rhf1 Bb4 20. Kd2 Re7 21. a3 Bc5 22. b4 Be3+ 23. Kd3 Rh8 24. Ng3 Rhe8 25. Nf5 Re6 26. Rde1 Bf4 27. Rxe6 Rxe6 28. Ne2 Bc7 29. Ned4 Re8 30. c4 dxc4+ 31. Kxc4 Nd5 32. h5 Ne3+ 33. Nxe3 Rxe3 34. Nc2 b5+

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