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Caro-Kann 4... Bf5 Main line with ...Qa5+/...Bb4
10/30/04 at 18:38:03
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Recently the 4... Bf5 main line of the caro-kann seems to be under a little trouble theoretically. The modern kingside castling plans are starting to look shaky after some spectacular wins by White (Bologan-Anand Dortmund 2003, and Carlsen-Ernst,S Wijk aan Zee 2004). Black had better watch out for Ng6! furthermore White is almost always faster in a pawn race. Jobava's supposedly "perfect" home preparation against Bareev looks scary too (although I think black is fine had he capture the d-pawn the other way). Worse of all, the endings are *always* better for White!

What do the caro experts here think of this plan:

[Event "Essent op"]
[Site "Hoogeveen"]
[Date "2004.10.17"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Smeets,Jan"]
[Black "Khenkin,Igor"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B19"]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6

11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Bb4 13.c3 Be7 14.c4 Qa6 15.0-0 Ngf6 16.Rfe1 Rd8 17.Qe2 0-0 18.Ne5 c5 19.Bc3 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Nxe5 21.Bxe5 Qa5 22.Qf3 Rd7 23.Bc3 Qa6 24.Ne4 Nxe4 25.Qxe4 Rc8 26.Rad1 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Qxc4 28.Qxb7 Bf6 29.Bxf6 gxf6 30.Qxa7 Rc5 31.a4 Rxh5 32.Qd4 Qe2 33.Ra1 Kg7 34.b4 Rd5 35.Qc3 Rd1+ 36.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 37.Kh2 Qxa4 38.Qc5 h5 39.b5 Qf4+ 40.Kg1 Qe4 41.b6 e5 42.Qb5 Qe1+ 43.Kh2 Qxf2 44.Qb4 e4 45.b7 Qf4+ 46.Kg1 Qe3+ 47.Kf1 Qd3+ 48.Ke1 Qe3+
49.Kf1 Qd3+ 50.Ke1 Qe3+ 51.Kf1 Qf4+ 1/2

It seems that by provoking c3 black has prevented White from castling queenside. This idea is quite new (i can't find any games before 2002), and if Khenkin and Karpov plays this it must be good!

There's a survey on this by dautov in the latest NIC yearbook. But I haven't looked at it yet.. Does anyone know what dautov said?

How do you find this line?

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