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Angus showed this one to me (and fellow S&Ber Dave Varley) in the pub after the Polgar-Nakamura game in the London Chess Classic had finished. A mad game indeed. I said at the time that although the line is presumably not much cop objectively for White, people who play the Caro-Kann are generally hoping to have a rather different sort of game.Unless they're Jon Speelman of course.
Going on the games recorded in this year's TWICs, that's the fourth example this year. Black lost in the three where he took the Rook and drew with e6. Computer engines may think Black is winning after taking the Rook. I'm not sure they are to be believed without a good deal of checking, but an opponent expecting this line might have some defensive resources prepared.Players who defend the Caro in some of the 3 e5 lines have come to expect to be attacked, sometimes violently. They hope to be able to calculate their way out of trouble from the dodgiest looking positions.RdC
Thanks Jonathan!I've been waiting for four or five years for someone to take the b2 pawn and then the a1 rook in a serious game. In three other games during that period my opponents have sensibly played 7... e6.I got the idea from Michael Goeller's excellent blog.In the game, a more incisive continuation would have been 12. exf7+ Kxf7 13. Ne5+ Ke8 14. Qh3Angus
I miscoded the hyperlink in my previous post. Hopefully this is correct: Michael Goeller's excellent blog.
OK, I'll admit to being dumb, or blind: how is White able to play Bg6 on move 5?
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