Here’s an interesting new move by Wang Hao against the Caro Kann by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the London Chess Grand Prix Round 10. (Report on Chess Blog.) The game ended in a draw, but is a must-watch for all practitioners of Caro Kann if not everyone. Shakhriyar decided to play the Caro Kann Defence, his opening of choice for this tournament. Wang Hao prepared a surprise for his opponent, 5.Nc5, trying to defuse any preparation. “Shak” paused for thought, and then replied 5….e5!? which caught Wang Hao unprepared, as he had not expected Mamedyarov to know this variation deeply. The forced line that followed saw a quick exchange of queens which led to the endgame with a slightly better pawn structure for white.

Wang Hao – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: FIDE Grand Prix
Date: 2012.10.02
[…] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.¤d2 dxe4 4.¤xe4 ¥f5 5.¤c5 e5 6.¤xb7 £b6 7.¤c5 exd4 8.¤b3 ¥b4+ 9.¥d2 ¤f6 10.¥xb4 £xb4+ 11.£d2 £e7+ 12.£e2 ¥xc2 13.£xe7+ ¢xe7 14.¤xd4 ¥g6 15.¦c1 ¦e8 16.¥c4 ¤bd7 17.¤ge2 ¤e5 18.¥a6 ¥d3 19.f4 ¥xa6 20.fxe5 ¤g4 21.e6 ¤e5 22.¤xc6+ ¢xe6 23.¤xe5 ¢xe5 24.¢f2 ¥xe2 25.¦he1 ¢d6 26.¦xe2 ¦xe2+ 27.¢xe2 ¦e8+ 28.¢f2 ¦e5 29.¦d1+ ¢c6 30.¦c1+ ¢d6 31.¦d1+ ¢c6 32.¦c1+ ¢d5