A neglected center | English Opening, Caro-Kann Defensive System – Standard Chess #60

I late-joined a Rapid tournament while I was livestreaming on 10-9-21. Highlighted is the 2nd game I played in the event. I had the black pieces and played a Caro-Kann Defensive System in response to the English Opening. It was on my 6th move that I began thinking about the deployment of my queen bishop and white’s reply to it with Qb3 (pinpointing the newly weakened b7 pawn). Only after those thoughts of standard development of another piece did I recognize a new move that was possible as a result of black not yet occupying the center with a pawn. White’s 6th move ultimately lead to black gaining space in the center, and the game proceeding unconventionally. The Rapid time control for this game is 10 minutes with a 0 second increment.

1. c4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. Nf3 d4 7. Nb5 d3 8. e3 a6 9. Nc3 e5 10. a3 Be7 11. b4 Be6 12. Bb2 Rc8 13. Na4 Nd7 14. Rc1 O-O 15. O-O b5 16. Nc3 f5 17. Ne1 Bc4 18. Nd5 Nf6 19. Nxf6+ Bxf6 20. Nf3 e4 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne1 Qe6 23. f3 Bb3 24. Nc2 dxc2 25. Qe2 Qc4 26. Qe1 Ne5 27. d4 Nd3 28. Qd2 Nxc1 29. Rxc1 Qd3 30. Qxd3 exd3 31. e4 d2

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  1. Great game! I love how you explain your thought process. Awesome content. Thank you 🙏🏼

  2. It's always a treat to see videos where you use/showcase my favorite opening for black, and even moreso when it results in such a commanding win. Top notch as always.

  3. Do yourself a solid, save 6 minutes, and watch at 1.5 speed.

  4. Man these videos are so good. I love hearing your thought processes.

  5. I think 1…c6 is underrated against the English as Black. I play the English and respond very differently to 1…c6 than your opponent, but I’ve thought of playing 1…c6 myself against the English OTB. It’s not a frequently played line and if your opponent with White playing the English isn’t prepared against it you can poke holes in his or her plans quickly.

  6. 11:04 Nb6-Nc4 would've been very strong. Bc4 allowed Bd5+ after which white is kinda back in the game.

  7. So nice to see Jerry making videos again 🙂

  8. This reminds me of the first time I ever studied “fianchetto” openings.
    It was suggested that it’s for advanced players because if you give up control of the center and fail to break down your opponent’s pawn structure it can lead to losing positions.
    Well played Jerry, I’m only 400 points behind you in rapid ! And these days I feel comfortable saying I could give you a slightly more challenging game than this one 😎

  9. Is Nb4 on move 8 a thing? Looks like you can't stop it from getting to c2 and terrorizing white for the rest of the game.

  10. lowkey so therapeutic to hear your voice lmao

  11. Loving the rapid format. Gives us lower elos time to get our bearings 😂

  12. I love watching people who don’t follow the basic opening principles get punished. There’s a reason the first thing we’re taught is to control the centre buddy!! Get wrecked.

  13. The Standard Chess videos have always been my favorite. Love getting to watch you describe your moves and positions in detail, and I think that it has helped my own play tremendously. To see so many Standard Chess videos uploaded lately is quite the blessing!

  14. Great decisions Jerry. I always worry about your time,..but the tortious vs. hare thing works out with good planning.

  15. He should have just sacked the queen for the bishop to alleviate all that tension and taken it on the chin and try and survive

  16. The deep pawn infiltration feels Leela inspired. Restricting so many pieces and being a major thorn in white's side. It's absolutely wonderful watching you play.

  17. Brutal game. White had nothing. I guess that's what you get for not develloping your center.

  18. 1:08 I don't think that's right, Jerry, white can break with e4 and threaten to isolate your pawn or you take it and white's bishop's great. It would be different with a Carlsbad structure as the c-pawn would blunt the bishop even after the exchange on e4.

  19. Why don't you analyze your games afterwards anymore?? It's so underwhelming. Please do that again Jerry, we miss that!

  20. So simple and patient, space stands out to me in this game , very nice

  21. 14:07 Can't white play RxN, attacking the queen, and end up down an exchange instead of a full piece?

  22. would you mind doing a video of how to tell when you are overextending pawns vs when it is beneficial like in this video where the pawn push allowed you to kill all of whites development?

  23. At 14:43 opponent had decent saving move 24. Rxc6 losing exchange only, I think at least. But yeah it's still losing.

  24. I love watching your thinking process, it's like going inside a master's mind

  25. I could watch one of these every day. thanks jerry!

  26. God that was so hard to watch. Seems like a lot of people want to blitz out in the opening in the hopes that maybe the opponent will get low on time later on, or sometimes the nerves get to you when someone blitz out like that, but that method of keeping cool and just way outplaying them into a disgusting position like this is always worth the spent time and calm nerves. Awesome play as always jerry.

  27. Feels like Jerry was squeezing the life out of his opponent in this one

  28. Great game and very instructive as always.

  29. A great lesson on why you don't want a pawn inching further and further into your camp. That minor nuisance can quickly become the major piece that is breaking your defense or stealing priority

  30. Really loving how Jerry is uploading content here 🙂

  31. I absolutely appreciate how Jerry clearly explains every move he is pondering and why. It has really helped me to slow down and ask myself better questions when analyzing a position. I see things more clearly and don't make as many blunders which is awesome for a low rated, self-taught player. I enjoy playing so much more now that I have more purpose behind my move selections.

  32. Chess Analysis 64 تحليل الشطرنج ٦٤ says:

    Thanks Jerry , excellent play and mentoring.

  33. This is an excellent training video. By simply listening to ChessNetwork's assessments and considerations for the various positions and options, I (1300) know I will look at the board much differently and, no doubt, become a better player.

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