For the record, I have already made my move. I am black and I moved 2. ... d5. But I am wondering if that was a mistake. I am a total newb and am trying to learn the Caro-Kann. As I understand it, after 1. e4 c6, black should play d5 regardless of white's response. However, I have not found any analysis on 2. g4. Was my decision to go 2. ... d5 a mistake? Is this still a Caro-Kann game or is it something else now?


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    d5 is fine. Attacks the centre and develops.
    – magd
    Jun 4, 2016 at 10:09
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    If this is a game in progress, I'm not sure it's ethical for us to tell you if the move you just made is good or bad.
    – bof
    Jun 4, 2016 at 10:48

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The g4 line is called the Spike Variation of the Caro-Kannn(B10). Commonly played line is 2...d5 with e5 there after. White gives up development of pieces for more spatial control.

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    Whew! I'm not a huge player (I like the game and so many facets of it, but I never play anymore), so I'm glad that you put this in -- I was looking at the original post, checking through Wikipedia, and trying to figure out 2. g4... Jun 22, 2016 at 14:11

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