Harvey Susswein (1810) - Joe Demetrick (1526) [B19]
West Orange CC at Kenilworth CC Match/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2005
My game at West Orange in June was also a Caro-Kann which achieved a draw against an 1800+ player.
12... Bd6! threatens to win the pawn at h5 with Bxg3 and Nxh5 and therefore forces White to do something, such as 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6! 15. Qh4 Qa5=/+ but it looks like Black might still win it--and castle safely Queenside with a solid edge.
Opening up the position only favors White now. Better 14... Qa5
Gets the rook on the right file.
An interesting response that I had overlooked.
Much better was.. 25. Nb5!+/- which gains the exchange cleanly - not giving up additional material
Now Black has more than sufficient compensation for the exchange in his two pawns and power-house Knight at d5!
Holding on to the critical f7 pawn..
In this overall position - I think that it is even or perhaps a little better for Black. White has the advantage of the Rook, but Black has a solid centralized Knight on d5 which supports the pawn on b6. This effectively prevents White from creating an outside passer. My plan as Black was to advance the g and h pawns up so that if White tried to win by bring his King up to the b6 pawn then I would march through on the kingside..
not 40... h4 as it allows White's king penetration on g4
at which point I offered a draw... Afterwards, Mike Goeller speculated that the silicon beast would evaluate the position as -0.25 for Black - Good call Mike! - it is actually -0.19.
White goes for the win, but Black's kingside majority is simply too fast.. Probably best is to trade the queenside pawns and play defense on the kingside.
A desperate and inaccurately calculated bid for a win.
and Black's pawns break through before White can Queen.
Game in PGN