Caro Kann Gone Wrong
by Clark Kent
The Caro Kann has a name as a sturdy defense that is hard to break down. But in this game White tears it apart in just 11 moves with terrific play. A Knight sacrifice followed by a Queen sacrifice leads to a devastating mate.
Caro Kann Opening
Standard Caro Kann moves.
3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qd3
The standard move is Nxf6 as it disturbs Black's pawn structure.
This is a bad move as Black is opening the position too early. Only one Black piece is developed.
threatens Black's only developed piece.
Replies by threatening the pawn on e5 and checking the King.
Perfect defense as it threatens the Black Queen, develops a piece and makes way for Queenside castling.
Develops the Rook and sacrifices the Knight.
If 8...Qxe4 9.Re1 pins the Queen.
Queen sacrifice starts off a devastating attack.
One of two moves. If 10...Kc7, 11. Bd8# is checkmate.
That is how the cookie crumbles for Black.
Play through this quick-fire tactical melee for some real shooting from the hip chess.