[Event "Caro-Kann: Nd7 Caro-Kann"] [Site "https://lichess.org/study/B35xSz0V/VUDFkvTO"] [Result "*"] [UTCDate "2020.07.18"] [UTCTime "11:56:45"] [Variant "Standard"] [ECO "B17"] [Opening "Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation, Modern Variation, Kasparov Attack"] [Annotator "https://lichess.org/@/realhercules"] [Source "https://lichess.org/study/B35xSz0V/VUDFkvTO"] [Orientation "white"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 { [%cal Gb8d7] } 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 c5 7. Bd3 e6 8. O-O cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bc5 10. Nb3 Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. Qf3 { All this has been examined above in the theoretical section. } 12... a5 { The a-pawn is an important tool in Black’s positional armoury } 13. a4 { It is best not to allow the black a-pawn to advance any further. White also gains control of the b5-square. } 13... Nd5 14. Bb5 Nb4 15. Qe2 Nf6 16. c3 Nbd5 17. Nd4 Qb6 18. Nf3 Bd7 19. Bd3 Rad8 20. Ne5 Be8 { Peter Leko was one of the strongest grandmasters in the world but is often criticised for his safety first style. Here we have a good example. Black’s position is very solid, and will certainly be a tough nut to crack, but White has a clear edge here. Leko, though, just decides to exchange off some pieces and agree a draw } 21. Ne4 Nxe4 22. Qxe4 Nf6 23. Qe2 Nd7 24. Be3 Qc7 25. Nxd7 Bxd7 26. Red1 { 1/2-1/2 (draw) } *