Category Archives: Caro-Kann

Sarkany-Aranytiz IM 2013-FM Torma,R(HUN)

IM Group
IM To and FM Torma shared first with 7/9. This result gave Torma his third IM norm.

The GM-IM groups
WFM Grigoryan Meri(ENG)

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 IM To Nhat Minh 2296 HUN * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 7
2 FM Torma Robert 2385 HUN ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
3 IM Orso Miklos 2327 HUN ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5
4 Balint Vilmos 2216 HUN 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 1 1 5
5 FM Brustkern J 2227 GER 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 1 1 5
6 FM Lyell Mark 2219 ENG 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 0 1 1 ½ 4.5
7 IM Ianov Viktor 2314 UKR 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 3.5
8 Gal Tamas 2240 HUN 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 3.5
9 Koczo Kristof 2282 HUN 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 2.5
10 WFM Grigoryan M 2052 ENG 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * 1.5


Here is FM Torma’s rd7 game.

Torma,Robert (2385) – Koczo,Kristof (2282)
Caro-Kann 4..Nd7[B17]
Sarkany-Aranytiz IM
Budapest, Hungary (7), 23.08.2013


Position 1
Black took some liberties in the opening and now Kd8 is a wandering target. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

17…Kd8
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Frech Karoly Memorial 2013 Rd6-Koczo,K(HUN)

Koczo won clear first by 2 points with 7.5/9. Here is his rd6 game.

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Rank Name Score Rating TPR
1 Koczo, Kristof 7.5 2269 2355
2 Nagy, Aron 5.5 2140 2176
3 FM Juhasz, Bela 5.5 2222 2167
4 Kormos, Adam 5 2211 2131
5 Bodrogi, Mihaly 5 2109 2143
6 Stern, Tibor 4.5 2025 2109
7 Varga, Attila 4 2012 2067
8 Yip, Michael 3.5 2007 2031
9 Bodrogi, Laszlo 2.5 2036 1942
10 Zoldy, Robert 2 1975 1895

Thinking hard 
Photo-Zoldy,Robert

Action from the Open
Photo-Zoldy,Robert


Stern,Tibor (2025) – Koczo,Kristof (2269)

Caro-Kann Exchange 5..Qc7 [B13]
Frech Karoly Memorial 2013. Budapest,  (6), 2013

Position 1
Black has initiated forcing play. How should black continue?

Black to Play

18.Qe2

Pula Open 2013 Rd3-IM Lizak,P(HUN)

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TWIC 970

IM Lizak played a wonderful ending and ground out a victory using only better development and central control.

Nelson,Jo (2227) – Lizak,P (2420)
CK Panov Attack 5..Nc6 6.Nf3 g6[B13]
27th Pula Open 2013 Pula CRO (3.9), 10.06.2013

Position 1
This is the position that caught my attention. Material is even and the pawn structure is symmetrical. Black has better development and nicely centralized rooks.

Black to Play

25.Bxa6


Position 2
Material is event but black has pressure on the queenside. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

28.Be2

TCh-POL Ekstraliga 2013 Rd2-GM Hera(HUN)

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The feature game was played in rd2 TCh-POL Ekstraliga held Wroclaw so here is more on the city.



TWIC 968

The ending was played out and GM Hera makes something from nothing and an equal ending.

Hnydiuk,A (2409) – Hera,I (2555)
CK 4..Bf5 5.Nc5 Qc7 [B18]
TCh-POL Ekstraliga 2013 Wroclaw POL (2), 25.05.2013

Position 1
The e-pawn is under attack.What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play 

37.Rae4

EICC 2013 Rd6-Papp Ga(HUN)

TWIC 966
GM Papp,Gabor won a nice ending in rd6 of the recent European Individual CC.


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Here is the feature game.

GM Papp massaged black down based on better pawn structure in a RB-RN ending.

Papp,Ga (2570) – Tomashevsky,E (2719) 
Caro-Kann Two Knights [B11]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (6.36), 10.05.2013

Position 1

White has the better pawn structure. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

31…Kb5

History-Maroczy,Geza

Here is a game of historical importance between two chess legends.


Bio Maroczy(Wikipedia)
‘Géza Maróczy was born in Szeged, Hungary on March 3, 1870. He won the “minor” tournament at Hastings 1895, and over the next ten years he won several first prizes in international events. Between 1902 and 1908, he took part in thirteen tournaments and won five first prizes and five second prizes. In 1906 he agreed to terms for a World Championship match(more).’


GM Maroczy


Maroczy,Geza – Keres,Paul
Caro-Kann 4…Bf5; no h4-h5[B19]
Zandvoort (9), 1936

Position 1

White has more space and is making progress on the kingside. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

24…Qe7


Neckar Open 2013 Rd4-GM Rapport R(HUN)

TWIC 960
GM Rapport used forceful piece play on the black side of a Caro-Kann to overcome resistance.

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From the Tournament


Interview(Hungarian Language)

Here is the feature game.
Forcen Esteban,D (2469) – Rapport,R (2646)
Caro-Kann Advance 4.Nc3 Qb6 5.Nf3 [B12]
17th Neckar Open Deizisau GER (4.3), 30.03.2013

Position 1
Black is up a pawn and is committed to a kingside attack but now Qg3 is under attack.What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

34.Rf3

3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Rd3-GM Berkes(HUN)

Rd3
GM Berkes ground out a subtle positional win on the black side of the Caro-Kann by seemingly doing nothing. Eventually black’s attention turned to the d4 square and eventually Berkes won this square and then the game.

Sukandar,I (2367) – Berkes,F (2702)
Caro-Kann 4…Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.N1f3 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Qc7 [B17]
3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Ho Chi Minh City VIE (3.11), 20.03.2013

Position 1
Black has been fighting for the d4 outpost for most of the game, which white has just secured d4 with 29.Rd3. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play 

29.Rd3

Karpos Open 2013 Rd2, Peczely S(HUN)-TWIC 958

TWIC 958
Hungarian junior Peczely,S faced the solid Caro-Kann in rd2 and was slowly outplayed with an uncommon line in the 4..Bf5 variation. Black played the under the radar 12…a5!?(diagram) and played to massage down the queenside.

White fought back to an equal position only to blunder but the real value of the game is unearthing the 12…a5!? continuation.

12…a5


Here is the feature game.

Peczely,S (2072) – Bogdanovski,V (2444) 
Caro-Kann 4..Bf5; 11.Bd2[B19] 

Karpos Open 2013 Skopje MKD (2.55), 10.03.2013


Position 1
White has not achieved anything on either side of the board and it is black who is applying the pressure. White has just attacked Ng4 with 20.Qe2. How should black continue now?

Black to Play

20.Qe2

Bundesliga 2012–13 Rd12-GM Medvegy(HUN)

TWIC 958
GM Medvegy,Z won this game by not attempting to do much except for creating a solid but unbalanced position. White began a bit passively on the queenside and then turned to outright aggression on the kingside.

GM Medvegy,Zoltan
Photo chessbase


This game illustrates the following middlegame themes

  • defense against aggressive line opening play
  • consolidation of P+
  • exploiting weak pawns
  • endgame transition for defense and consolidation
Here is the feature game.

Polischuk,V (2312) – Medvegy,Z (2561)
Caro-Kann 4…Bf5 11.Bd2 [B19]

Bundesliga 2012–13 Hamburg GER (12), 17.03.2013

Position 1
White has sacrificed a kingside pawn for the attack and has begun to push on the g-file. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

22.g5