Caro-Kann Defence (#1):
Example of a Checkmate Opening win for White's Army

Checkmate in the Opening
White Wins in 11 Moves
[Caro-Kann Defence (#2)]

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Caro-Kann Defence (#2)
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Caro-Kann Defence
1. e4 c6

Checkmate Sequence
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qd3 e5 6. dxe5 Qa5+ 7. Bd2 Qxe5 8. O-O-O Nxe4 9. Qd8+ Kxd8 10. Bg5+ Kc7 11. Bd8# 1-0

Black's Game-Losing Mistakes

Black's game-losing mistakes appear to be ...

  • 3...dxe4, the move that begins to open the d-file, which White later capitalizes on for victory.

    Black's mistake appears to be in being the one to strike (capture) first, rather than letting White, potentially, go first with exd5.

    That would then allow c6xd5, with Black maintaining two center-file Pawns, with the d-Pawn claiming control of the e4-square, owing to the greater vulnerability of White's Nf3 versus the less valuable Pawn.

  • 5...e5, Free Pawn, what's not to like! Black advances his e-Pawn, with nothing in support and White's d-Pawn says thank you very much (6. dxe5) and moves straight into a fresh attack on Black's vulnerable Nf6. Not only is Black a Pawn down, but the d-file is now fully open, with White's Qd3 directly threatening Black's Qd8.

  • 6...Qa5+, appears positive, initially, by forcing White to spend a move defending his King, while also setting up Black's Queen to capture White's pesky e5-Pawn.

    But, if Black's intention was indeed to capture the e5-Pawn, it only served to severely weaken Black's d8-square, which turns out to be critical in White's victory.

After 8. O-O-O, look at White's three Pieces along the d-file! Black's subsequent 8...Nxe4 is too little, too late, by this stage, as White's game-winning sequence is played to perfection.

Checkmate Sequence + PGN

Here's how the Caro-Kann Defence can lead to a Checkmate Win for White, in the Opening phase:

[Event "Checkmate Opening - Caro-Kann Defence (#2)"]
[Date "2012.02.01"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "21"]

1. e4 c6 {Caro-Kann Defence} 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qd3 e5 6. dxe5 Qa5+ 7. Bd2 Qxe5 8. O-O-O Nxe4 9. Qd8+ Kxd8 10. Bg5+ Kc7 11. Bd8# 1-0

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