Don’t play this against the Caro-Kann · Road to GM, Game 291

This variation is a treat for Caro-Kann players. I’m always happy when I see it played against me. The Caro-Kann is my favorite opening. No contest. I love playing it and almost always get comfortable, equal positions with black, which I can play for gaining a small advantage eventually. In this game my opponent chose a line which allows black to have a strategic edge from the start. If you know how to play against it, you should never be worse.

Descamps Bert (1779) – Tomic Stjepan (2056)
Hvar Open, Round 7

1.e4 c6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.d4 c5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.Nc3 Rc8 8.O-O a6 9.Bxc6+ Rxc6 10.Ne2 h5 11.c3 Nh6 12.Be3 Ng4 13.Bf2 Nxf2 14.Rxf2 Bg4 15.Qd2 Bxf3 16.Rxf3 g6 17.a4 c4 18.a5 Be7 19.Kh1 Qb8 20.Rff1 Kd7 21.b3 cxb3 22.Rfb1 b5 23.axb6 Rxb6 24.Qd3 Qb7 25.Rb2 Rc8 26.Qd1 Rb8 27.Nc1 Qc6 28.Rab1 Qxc3 29.Nxb3 Ba3 30.Rc2 Rxb3 31.Rxb3 Qxb3

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