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Catchfire
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So, since my chess metaphor in this thread backfired to the point that Caissa called my bluff and pretty much demanded I play him a real match, I moved the mail-order chess to PM only to be told, with great audacity, that I should open a publicly thread like this one for chess. I can only presume this is to move my imminent beating to a public place in order to humiliate and defame me unjustly.

In order to protect my reputation, heretofore unimpeachable and on which my entire livelihood depends, I reserve the right to unlimited mulligans and occasionally to dismantling Caissa's desk and chair to look for hidden Soviet-era spying technologies.

Anyway, here's the game so far, Caissa - Catchfire, Oct 2012. Caro Kann main line.

1. e4 c6
2. d4 d5 
3. Nc3 dxe4
4. Nxe4

Catchfire plays:

4. ... Bf5

 

Please limit your kibbutzing to giving Catchfire hot tips.


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oldgoat
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You next best move is to slowly lay down your king, and sniffle a bit.

 

Or, you can point in a direction to the rear of Caissa, scream in horror, and rearrange the board while he is presumably distracted.  I fear however, others may have tried this on him before.

 


Boom Boom
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Try the old switcheroo.


Caissa
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5. NG3

I presume chess engines are not permissible.


Catchfire
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5. ... Bg6 No chess engines! Unless you think you'll need one... (Thanks for the tips dudes. I may rely on hem later.)

Caissa
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6. h4

The goddess of chess hardly needs a chess engine. Wink


Catchfire
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6. ... h6 That's a fair point.

Caissa
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7. Nf3


Catchfire
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7. ... Nf6

Caissa
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ahh, Catchfire deviates from book.


Catchfire
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I did? This is the line I remember. What's "the book"? Nd7 first? I also remember white's h5 coming sooner though.

Caissa
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Correct. 8. h5


Catchfire
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There it is. 8. ...Bh7 Btw, I should mention that at least 4 out of 5 times I play the CK at my level I get the advance variation.

ikosmos
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Joe Gallagher has this line with 7... Nf6 in his 2002 book "Starting Out in the Caro-Kann". (pp. 33-46) The main thing seems to be that Black must be cautious in dealing with Ne5/Bc4/Qe2 by White.

A more recent Caro-Kann author, Jovanka Houska, says that she is not a fan of 7...Nf6.


Caissa
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I play the Caro-Kann as Black  Catchfire and usually meet the advance version. In Blitz one of my buddies will often play 2.f4 against me. Since I am comfortable playing against the aAdvance Variation I'm probably a little reticient to play it as white. Karpoov and Beliavsky in their book on the Caro-Kann only examine 7...Nd7 

9. Nf3


Catchfire
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Your knight is already on f3, your godship.

Caissa
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OOPS!!! Somebody messing with the chess set in my office. Frown I'll need to keep a written recordsoon, I fear.

Just returned from a 4 day weeekend. 9. Bc4


Catchfire
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No worries. It gave me time to run this position through four different computer engines. Unfortunately, they were all programmed for Connect Four.

9. ... Nd7

I also feel fairly comfortable against the Advance variation where I like to play Qb6 early to add some decent pressure queenside. The mainline always strikes me as looser where a wrong step could break everything wide open. As we shall soon see, I am liable to these missteps.


Caissa
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My 10 year old beats me 50% of the time at Connect Four. I could sure use that search engine.

I find that an early ...c5 in the Advance helps to equalize.

10. Qe2


Catchfire
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Yes, I am a fan of c5 as well. Although maybe I should stop telegraphing since...

10. ... Qb6


Caissa
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11. c3


Catchfire
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11. ...e6


Caissa
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12. Ne5


Catchfire
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12. ... Nxe5


Caissa
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13. Qxe5


Catchfire
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Gah. Qb6 is looking like a mistake already.

13. ... O-O-O


Caissa
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14. Qe2


Catchfire
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14. ...Nd5


Caissa
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15. 0-0


Catchfire
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15. ...Bd6


Caissa
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16. Ne4


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