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Sylvain Ravot

Sylvain Ravot 10 months ago

Caro-Kann Bg4 Qb3 line

Hello,
In the Bg4 Qb3 line, I liked the Ng5 idea. I tried it against my sparring partner and won a good game. When analyzing, he suggested 14...Qd8!? with the idea Ng5 Nh5. I guess this is a novelty and an interesting one ?
The next game he played it, I answered 15.Bg5 but was not convinced. Maybe 15.h3 a6 16.a4 is better ? Then I studied 15.h4 a6 16.g3, in the spirit of the ChessMood course, which is the most promising I guess. The critical line looks like 16...b5 17.a3 Qb6 18.Ng5.
What do you think ?
Thanks a lot,
Sylvain

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Kevin D

Kevin D 10 months ago

Hi Ravot,

Thanks for sharing your question, It's so nice to see someone new utilising the forum. In the diagrammed position the Engines love 16.g3 which is okay I guess, but in positions like this and similar ones, if Ng5 is not working I usually try to switch to the 'Plan B'. Plan B involves Ne5 transferring the Queen to h3 (Not possible in the engine g3 line) and looking for opportunities to plough ahead on the Kingside with a later h5, a crude plan admittedly but not easy to meet and totally in the spirit of the position. I have a Model Game in mind and will post it if I can track it down, 



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Kevin D

Kevin D 10 months ago

The Model Game I thought I had in mind isn't quite how I remember it but still instructive nonetheless. The important thing to understand is that white must organise his play energetically in the center and on the Kingside and he has a number of viable ways to go about this. Black for his part has only one main plan, that is a minority attack on the Queenside with the long term goal of reaching a favorable  endgame. In the illustrative game Karpov was lucky to escape:
Sylvain Ravot

Sylvain Ravot 10 months ago

Thanks for your answer Kevin :) Ne5 looks playable even if I prefer h4-g3 (or g3-h4).
Not sure if we could say that Karpov was lucky here, he had the advantage most of the game.
Only defeat from Dzindzi against Karpov by the way (6 draws). Thanks.
Kevin D

Kevin D 10 months ago

I agree with you Ravot that h4 followed by g3 as the Engine suggests is definitely the best approach here, and it's very strange that Qd8 has not seen any practical tests as yet.  Thanks for the info about the Dzinzi - Karpov clashes, I think I also may have heard in an interview that Dzinzi was Karpov's coach for awhile.
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Sylvain Ravot

Sylvain Ravot 10 months ago

Thanks Kevin. Call me Sylvain :)

I had to opportunity to try my line against my sparring, it worked well :)
https://lichess.org/C59lHE5e


Kevin D

Kevin D 10 months ago

@Sylvain_Ravot

Great game Sylvain! I see you got to implement most of the ideas we were discussing :-). By the way I heard that Chess-Stars Publishing is releasing a Repertoire Book soon which is also recommending our  4.Bd3 line of the Exchange Caro. That should be interesting.
http://chess-stars.com/Future_Plans.html

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 10 months ago

Hi Sylvain,

This is a very nice question. Up to my records, we should play with h4 after Qd8. The idea as mention g3 - kg2 - rh1 trying to open the h file.

If after h4 black plays Nh5 then Bg5 move is coming.

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Sylvain Ravot

Sylvain Ravot 10 months ago

Thanks a lot for your answer Hovhannes and congrats for your 2021 national title.

One line I loved is 15.h4 a6 16.g3 b5 17.a3 Qb6 18.Ng5 a5 19.Rxe6! :)
Better are 18...Nh5 or 17...Na5.
GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 10 months ago

Thanks!

Yeah, it's a good one.