Sunday, March 12, 2006


Is it the Caro-Kann or Caro-Kant?

First the good news, my latest 'unofficial' rating has me at 1930, my highest ever. The Caro-Kann is a defense to which I've been loyal to for the past 2 years. However, there are a lot of lines tricks and variations that I seem to only learn when I play. These "lessons" are costing me lost of ratings points. First let's look at the Classical variation, main line. According to the chessgames database (which has less game but is easier to use than chessbase), there are 322 master level games which the first 12 moves reach this position.

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This is a variation which I faced against a 1700 player in Scotland. I was lucky enough to draw it.


Today I faced a yet new variation, which i got hammered in. I almost though it was similar to the previous variation but it wasn't. I almost got back in the game with a cool tactic, but it was too little too late.

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In the Advance Variation, this variation can be quite dangerous to the unsuspecting. Moves like the below has actually convinced me to give up 3...Bf5 in lieu of the pawn sacrifice 3...c5.

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Finally, Fri

Congrats on the new high! Just 70 more to go....
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