The variation I'm talking about is this:

  1. e4 c6
  2. Nc3 d5
  3. Nf3 a6!?.

I'm interested in knowing some plans and ideas connected to the 3. ... a6!? move. I saw it originally in this game: https://www.365chess.com/game.php?gid=4237916.

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    I don't play the Caro-Kann, but from clicking around a bit, the idea seems to be to avoid 3...Bg4 4.h3 Bh5 5.exd5 cxd5 6.Bb5+ I don't know if there's much more to it.
    – koedem
    Commented Oct 6, 2023 at 9:53


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