Michael Goeller - Mark Kernighan [B12]
Casual 5-minute Game/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007
This may have been my only win against Mark of the night, which made it the most memorable. But I was interested also in the unusual defense he employed.
"Have you seen this before?" Mark asked. It was new to me, and not considered in my article on the "Caveman Caro-Kann."
This seems the most logical remedy. The Black Queen will not be so comfortable on the c-file, as shown in two games with this line that I found.
5. Be2 has also b een played, but without as much success. Why insist on creating a weakness on your kingside with g4 when you don't have to?
But this move is new, and an interesting idea. I found two games in this line, but neither offers much to go on: 5... e6 6. Nc3 h6! (6... h5 7. Be3?! Be7 8. Rc1! Qd8 9. Nf3 Nh6 10. Bg5 Bg4 11. Be2 (11. Qb3)
11... Nd7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. g3?! (13. Qb3)
13... g6?! 14. Ng5 Bxe2 15. Qxe2 Nf5 16. Nf3 Nb6 17. cxd5 exd5 18.
This looks logical, since Black thus offers to exchange his "bad bishop" for White's "good bishop." But Black is losing a lot of time, the exchange is not forced, and White is usually fine with exchanging Bishops in this line since his Knights are more important players.
The exchange isn't forced, but it is not bad and I doubt White has better.
This seems too adventurous. Better 8... Na6 9.
Mark's "pattern of error" is that he always completely disregards ideas about king safety in pursuit of counter-attack or the initiative. Better 17... Be7 18. Bd2 Rd8 19. Rc1
Caveman tactics! Fritz also suggests 18.Rxf7!? followed by Ng5, but not 18.h5 -- with the idea of playing Rxf7 after 18.h5?! Qxh5 19.g4? Qg6 20.Nh4 Qmoves 21.Rxf7 Be7...
and he resigned with major material losses or mate in the offing.1-0
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