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Wilfried Paulsen vs Max Weiss
Nuremberg (1883), Nuremberg GER, rd 8, Jul-20
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: So the first example of my beloved Caro-Kann in the database was played neither by Caro nor by Kann, but by Weiss (whose name is German for White, isn't it?). What looks curious is that from moves 13-18, both players seem alert to the possibility of *Black* launching a Minority Attack on the Queenside--Paulsen takes steps to neutralize the b5-b4 thrust. However, at move 36 Weiss has the opportunity for ...b5-b4, and the other thematic thrust, ...e6-e5, but passes on both. He shuns ...e5 thereafter and settles for a draw in what looks like a better position for Black. Or am I missing something *really* simple?
Jul-31-04  RonB52734: <An Englishman> Look at Bird vs Mackenzie, 1878
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  An Englishman: Dear RonB52734: How did you find it? I searched for before 1900 and selected Caro-Kann from the list of openings.
Jul-31-04  RonB52734: There are numerous ECO codes that are characterized broadly as Caro-Kann. So for example if you go to this page: Caro-Kann (B10), just after the list of practitioners of the opening, follow the link for "next chapter" and it will move you up by one ECO number. Keep doing this until you run out of Caro-Kann and into a different opening.
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  An Englishman: Dear RonB52734: Very clever! Thank you.
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  ray keene: black of course has all the play in the final position
Oct-21-04  Calculoso: <Ray Keene> I agree because of the possible knight posts on c4, h4 etc. but how should black take advantage of that? It seems as though the position is difficult to make significant progress. I don't need a line, per se, just some ideas to take advantage of the position.
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  Calli: <Calculoso> Black should get e5 in long before White plays f4. In the game, 34...e5 was the ideal spot (white's rooks are not on the central files), but he could have prepared it at other points too.
Dec-01-04  EnglishOpeningc4: What a weird final position!
Dec-01-04  iron maiden: <EnglishOpeningc4> Hello, welcome to If you think this final position is bizarre, you should check out some of the games in the Game Collection: Picturesque Positions!
Dec-02-04  EnglishOpeningc4: <iron maiden>
I already have and thank you.
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  Straclonoor: <34...e5 was the ideal spot> Not yet.

Best way is 34....Nb7. 34...e5 is only second.

Analysis by Stockfish 091218 64 POPCNT:

1. -+ (-4.42): 34...Nb7 35.h4 Na5 36.hxg5 fxg5 37.Bd1 Nxb3 38.Rb1 Na5 39.Ne2 Nxe2+ 40.Rxe2 Rxc3 41.a4 Nc6 42.axb5 axb5 43.Rxb5 Rxf3+ 44.Kxf3 Nxd4+ 45.Ke3 Nxb5 46.Rc2 Rh8 47.Rc5 Rh3+ 48.Kf2 Nd4 49.Rc8 Kf6 50.Rf8+ Ke5 51.Rf7 Ke4 52.Rxg7 Rh1 53.Ba4 Kf4 54.Rf7+ Kxg4 55.Ke3 Nf5+ 56.Kd2

2. -+ (-4.04): 34...e5 35.Bd1 Ke6 36.Kh2 Nd3 37.Ra1 Rxc3 38.Rxc3 Rxc3 39.Ne2 Rc8 40.dxe5 fxe5 41.Kg1 d4 42.b4 Ke7 43.a4 Rc7 44.Ng3 Nxb4 45.axb5 axb5 46.Kf1 Nd3 47.Ne4 Nxe4 48.fxe4 Kd6 49.Be2 Rf7+ 50.Kg1 Nc5 51.Bxb5 Rf3 52.Ra7 Nxe4

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