Hi, today I played a nice game of Carlsbad. I know it was blitz but I was well prepared for the main lines so I had no issue with time control. My question is how do you play as black in Carlsbad? In my game black made a commitment by playing c6. I think it gave me additional option of long castles. Instead of this c6 I prefer more Nbd7- Qc2- Re8 idea to play Nf8 and later decide play c6 or direct c5.
The problems of c6 was that black will have to lose a tempo in playing c5 and this tempo is sufficient for white to advance his forces in the queenside. Also if black follow general plan of Nbd7 then Re8 Nf8 and white thinks ok let's castles long (which he can if he wants to) then black have additional idea of Be6 Rc8 and direct c5 and hope for active counterplay against white's king.
Some thoughts about my game now:
playing c6 is more precise. As black you do not want to castle too early, but if you do not go for c6 you do not have enough wating moves
hmm, ok but what about c6 castles and then black will lose a tempo in the line Be6 Rc8 and then c5 or you wanna choose the plan of b5 against that which is gonna be super complex middlegame battle?
So may be you like to do plans such as Nd7 Nf8 Ne6 g6 Ng7 Bf5 kind of thing to trade LSB first then play castles right? I also studied those lines in past. I think trading in this manner is slight better for white because black wasted a lot tempos in this maneuver.
Explain more so I can learn more. Thanks for joining this debate. I will learn a lot from modern theory.
now I am so interested to know your opinions about the games I shared in the bottom!
Take a look at this game and you will see the problem with early commitment with c6. Yes, I am not saying your idea is wrong but I wanna know more. Because whenever I play these lines and black commit early c6 then I like this long castle idea and only b5 plan can be super complex for white to handle but even there white can use the c5 outpost for his knight. So, it's gonna be interesting to know more about this structure.
Now take a look at the game played between Timman and Boris Spassky. Here black delayed c6 because he was waiting for white to show his cards and when white castled then he went for c6 and his plans. On the other hand if white castles long then black can get nice counterplay with Be6 Rc8 and c5
I am studying Carlsbad from there. I posted here because I don't know what are new updates n this pawn formations. He said the early commitment is not good for black. I don't remember he said this or not. Kindly explain to me why with Nf3 0-0-0 is not super dangerous? After b5 I feel like white can play both positional and aggressive.
@Abhi_yadav Also black can play strategically and agressively.There is a equal game with counter chances.I played with black against this setup before and I never lost a match.It is not dangereous If your opponent play well.
Yes, level of player is not so high but another victim of early commitment with c6
Yeah maybe you won this game but if your opponent did not play Bxh4 probably he/she get a good position.Also your opponent did very well in opening.
Your opponent lost because of his/her mistake.Not from opening
True, but the point of this game post is to show you why early commitment with c6 gives white extra option of castles long and then he can play in both positional or attacking way. Rest you can check above
@Abhi_yadav My games was OTB and I lost notations.So I can't.I didn't share any new game because I switched to benko.Also I can only find my old matches(Very bad matches).But If I can find any games of mine I will share it.
sure, I prefer not to leave your old lines for forever. Yes chessmood openings are best but coach never said to leave the old repo. I am doing a lot KID pawn formation training games and carlsbad training games and they are going fine for me. Another point is that if you stop playing your old lines then you will sooner or later forget the ideas and it will take more time to revise them.
Abhi,I took some carlsbad lessons once.Can we play some training games with Nf3 0-0-0 setup?
No one posted any update?
I am thinking about improving my carlsbad knowledge to next level. I already studied a lot ideas. Carlsbad is not about minority. It's a broad subject. So here I started this debate.