Blitz Chess #378: English Opening, Caro-Kann System

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was an English Opening where black opts for a Caro-Kann System. When white deploys the king bishop on the long diagonal, this can sometimes make black’s queenside development, namely the activation of the queen bishop a little tricky. Black looks to quickly negate the long diagonal pressure with a d5 and c6 structure and get the bishop outside the pawn structure as soon as possible, just as one does in the Caro-Kann Defense. What would be the key pawn breaks once white seizes some queenside space with c5? Without the key pawn breaks, the rooks will not play!

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1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Ne5 Be6 6. d4 Nbd7 7. O-O g6 8. Nc3 Bg7 9. Nxd7 Qxd7 10. c5 Bh3 11. Qb3 Bxg2 12. Kxg2 O-O 13. a4 Rfe8 14. a5 Ne4 15. a6 bxa6 16. Rxa6 Bxd4 17. e3 Bxc3

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  1. What was the opening known by the white in the 1st game?!! Plzz πŸ™‚

  2. Immediately stopped my chess game to watch this video. Thanks for the post J!

  3. Nice one Jerry! Why don't you make an ICC public account as well cause I'd love to watch commentary on ICC games πŸ™‚ HS

  4. Caro-Kann πŸ™‚ always a fun opening.

  5. Even in the shortest games, Jerry always manages to teach me how to be a better chess player and a better person. Thank you, Jerry!

  6. muito bom vΓ­deo e instrutivo, I learn very much with your videos, thank you πŸ‘πŸ‘

  7. Well, that was a quick one, but great commentary nonetheless. I was wondering though, wouldn't 15. Nxe4 be a bit better move for white? It'd give black doubled center pawns and open the diagonal for the white queen. That's what I'd do in white's place, although I'm not a very experienced player so I tend to look at such positions in quite simplistic ways.

  8. This video is your private chess lesson from a master with world class panache.

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