Blitz Adventures #31: 1-0-0 Caro

I was surprised to see the post game analysis read 1-0-0 which means one inaccuracy, no mistakes and no blunders especially since it was a 7 minute blitz game. We played a version of the Caro which is very comfortable for Black and White gives any advantage up on the 2nd move. It’s an opening called the Hillbilly defense, 1. e4 c6 2. Bc4 d5 and players who only play a standard White opening where f7 is the target don’t know how to respond to 2…d5 hitting their precious Bishop which they rely on to threaten the Black King. A popular continuation is 3. Bb5+ which means White has moved that piece twice and I usually respond with the Bishop 3…Bd7 forcing White to take or move the Bishop for the 3rd time. If 4.Bxd7 Qxd7 and White’s only developed piece has been traded, the Black Queen gets off the 8th rank and Black has a pawn in the center. It’s a terrific position to be in and with proper play Black can win from here which is what happens in the game.

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