Questions tagged [caro-kann]

A semi-open defense with a well-earned reputation for producing solid positions that are sometimes a bit stodgy. The usual move order is 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5.

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Why black is happy with slow development? [duplicate]

One important opening principle is to develop your pieces and being ahead in development is the aim of the opening. In the following opening, white is obviously ahead in development (developed the ...
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Why does 4.dxc5 work well for white in the Advance variation of Caro-Kann?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4. dxc5 I don't want to play 3...bf5 instead, but this 4.dxc5 line in the Advance Variation gives me so much trouble, whether they go with 5.Be3, 5.a3 or 5.Nf3. What'...
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What's my next move against this Caro-Kann variant?

I'm a beginner with openings and Steinitz principles, and I'm in the interesting position where I can develop an artificial intelligence which is better than me in chess. After the e4 c6, I have ...
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In Caro-Kann Defense, what are the differences between 3. Nc3 and 3. Nd2?

After 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5, what are the differences between 3. Nc3 and 3. Nd2? It seems 3. Nc3 is more popular, though after 3. ... dxe4, I failed to see the difference.
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What is black’s compensation in the main line of the Caro Kann?

After move 10 in the main line of Caro Kann, black has already moved its light-squared bishop four times, while white manages to develop quite a bit. What exactly is blacks compensation for the lack ...
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Tactics in Firouzja's game round 3

In round 3, Firouzja and Artemiev played a very interesting Caro-Kann game, with white constantly trying to open up the position even at the cost of pawns, in order to exploit black's exposed king ...
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What does black achieve with 1.d4 c6?

I have faced 1...c6 as a reply to my 1.d4 quite a few times recently, and this makes me wonder why people play this as oppose to 1...d5. In addition to playing the Slav with 2.c4, I have an option of ...
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Why is Leela so good at beating Stockfish in the French/Caro-Kann?

I notice Lc0 is especially good against Stockfish in French / Caro-Kann pawn structures. However, I don't understand why. Here're a couple of games where Leela smoothly outplays Stockfish. Can anyone ...
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Unusual Caro-Kann Variation

I'm looking for information about the unusual Caro-Kann variation that appears to be a sort of Pirc. I recently ran across this line and I'm struggling to understand why you would deviate from 2... d5....
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Caro-Kann advance variation w/ 3. c5 dxc5

I like to play the Caro-Kann as black, and in response to the advance variation play 3... c5!? This works really well for me (~1800 USCF), but as I've gotten better I'm being forced to deal with the ...
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As Black, against 1. d4, what opening would you recommend me which is solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet, closed, and similar to the Caro-Kann?

I'm a 1750 Elo player. I have a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. As White I play 1. d4, but I plan to also learn 1. Nf3 soon. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. I would ...
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Artificially isolated pawn in the Caro-Kann

I would like to know why it is so disadvantageous to have an advanced artificially isolated pawn when it can be exchanged by another pawn. I refer to situations where a side cannot mantain such square ...
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Knight constrained in advance Caro-Kann

Recently, I've been playing the Caro-Kann exclusively against 1. e4, with good results. The one line that I find somewhat confusing is the advance Caro - specifically, where does the kingside knight ...
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Caro-Kann c5-c4 push

I am having trouble understanding why the push c4 here is incorrect for Black. After 9. Qc2 b5 10. a4 a6 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 can be recaptured with the Queen and the pawn chain is stable. What is ...
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Alternative plan in the Caro-Kann

I'm a Caro-Kann player who is coming up against the line 1. e4 c6 2. c4. This line has a few names, such as the "Anti Caro-Kann" and the "Quasi Panov-Botvinnik". The books recommend 2...d5. Afterall ...
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I'm looking for more information on “Goldmann” of the Goldmann Variation (Caro-Kann)

I'm working out the Caro-Kann Defense, and I need your help. In the Lichess study below, I am dealing with the Goldman Variation. I couldn't find out anything about the chess player Goldman, nor ...
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, solid and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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Theoretical relationship between Caro-Kann exchange and Queen's Gambit exchange

Is there a book, or an article, which examines the relationship between these two openings? The Caro-Kann exchange (non-Panov) is 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5, and the Queen's Gambit exchange is 1.d4 ...
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How to “bore your opponent to death”?

“The Caro-Kann has often been maligned for being dry and boring, played by those wishing to bore their opponents to death.” – IM (WGM) Jovanka Houska Are there other defenses in which black can bore ...
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Why is the Advance Variation considered strong vs the Caro-Kann but not vs the Scandinavian?

As title above, why is the Advance Variation in these recent years considered strong vs the Caro-Kann, especially owing to White's early space advantage in the center, but not vs the Scandinavian? In ...
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If 1. e4 c6 is considered as a sound defense for black, why is 1. c3 so rare?

At 365chess.com, 1.c3 is ranked as the 14th most common first move for white. If the Caro-Kann defense is considered as a sound defense, why is the Saragossa opening so rare for white? After all, ...
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Is 9…Nxe5 recommended in this line of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann?

This question relates to the following possible continuation of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann: [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 ...
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Comparing 9…a6 to 9…b6 in the Panov-Botvinnik Attack

This question is motivated by a recent LiChess game where I was black where I played the Caro-Kann and white played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack: [fen ""] [Site "https://lichess.org/J9cdDkL5"] [Date "...
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Is 6…Bf5 inferior to 6…Bd6 in the Caro-Kann Tartakower after 6. Bc4? And if so, why?

I'm trying out the Tartakower variation of the Caro-Kann. It begins [fen ""] [startply "11"] [startflipped "0"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Bf5 (6... Bd6) I have ...
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What are the similarities and differences in pawn Structure from the Scandinavian and the Caro-Kann?

It seems both openings have the Capablanca Pawn Structure with c6 and e6 I'm curious about where the similarities stop and what are the optimal pawn breaks.
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Caro-Kann 3.Nd2: is it worthwhile delaying or avoiding 3…dxe4 to exploit the poor position on the d2 knight?

In the Caro-Kann where white plays 3.Nd2, it seems like the d2 knight is misplaced: it's on a worse square than c3, and it blocks the c1 bishop. Black playing 3...dxe4 relieves white of both these ...
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Strategy according to the pawn structure in the Caro-Kann

I have long been playing the Caro-Kann but I have never been able to come up with a plan according to the pawn structure in the games. After playing d5 (and entering the Pawn exchange variation or ...
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Advancing the c6 pawn in the Caro-Kann

I am having trouble understanding when Black should move c5 in The Advanced Variation of the Caro-Kann. I have posted two games of mine below: In this first game, after the seventh move of White, ...
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Strategy in Isolated Queen Pawn Positions

What should Black's plan be in Isolated Queen Pawn Openings like this one arising from the Caro-Kann Panov attack? [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.cxd5 Nxd5
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What are the goals for white and black in the Caro Kann exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. Nd2 e6 From this position what is black/white in broad terms attempting to do. What are some clear goals?
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French or Caro Kann?

I find the French more aggressive, as black gets easy queenside play with pieces and generally a pawn avalanche. However, my friend debates that the Caro is better than the French because the Caro ...
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Please critique my game (Caro-Kann, Fantasy variation)

I'm an avid player of the caro-kann, yet I recently came across the Fantasy Variation for the first time. Although I won, I wanted to post my game for review: [FEN ""] [White ""] [Black "Bad_Bishop"] ...
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What are the main differences between 6…Bb4 and 6…Be7 in the Panov-Botvinnik attack?

After the moves 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3, what are major differences in plans and variations for Black between 6...Bb4 and 6...Be7? [FEN ""] [StartPly "11"] [...
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Why is 14..Qd8 the most popular move in this variation of the Caro Kann?

According to chessbase, 14..Qd8 is by far the most popular continuation in this position (196 games), even though Stockfish 8 seems to prefer 14..Ngf6 (1 game). I'm struggling to understand the ...
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Why is it a good idea to retreat the bishop into the pawn chain in this variation of the Caro Kann?

I am reading a book about the Caro-Kann defence. In this position the author suggests playing 5...Bd7. (Although they assert that Bg6 is not a bad move either). In fact, the whole idea of playing Qb6 ...
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Caro-Kann, Smyslov variation : Can Black punish early 5.c4 in this position?

Recently I have posted a question about declining the Marshall Gambit in the QGD, and asked if Black can transpose into another solid opening, as one way of defense. After analyzing the first ...
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In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 [...
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Caro-Kann advanced variation pawn sacrifice

I used to play the Caro-Kann a lot as black. One line that I reached many times in advanced variation is: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. g4 In this position I saw one game where Anand ...
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Does a typical pawn endgame from Classical Caro-Kann lead to a draw?

Below is example of a Caro-Kann endgame - Evelev - Epstein - with White having a pawn on h5, and both sides with majority on each side of the board. While the game below ended as a draw, I wonder if ...
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Tactical variations in the Caro-Kann?

I am currently using the exchange variation of the Caro-Kann, so the: [Title "Caro-Kann refutation"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 I am ...
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Is the advance Caro-Kann becoming less popular?

In my own games I have seen fewer advance Caro-Kann games (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5) than the semi-open games (3. Nc3 or 3. Nd2) or the Botvinnik systems (3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 or 2. c4). My questions ...
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What are the main differences between 2…d5 and 2…e5 in the anti-Caro-Kann?

In the anti-Caro-Kann (also known as the Pseudo Panov-Botvinnik or Panov's little Brother), reached by 1. e4 c6 2. c4, what are the main differences between 2...d5 and 2...e5? [FEN ""] [StartPly "4"] ...
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Is a Caro-Kann game still advisable after 1. e4 c6 2. g4?

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, ...
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What are some good books on the Caro-Kann which propose a Black repertoire based on positional, strategic, solid, boring and quiet variations?

I'm a 1750 Elo player, and 6 months ago I bought the book Grandmaster Repertoire: The Caro-Kann by Lars Schandorff, and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the repertoire proposed in the book is too ...
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What are all the most common transpositions between the Caro-Kann Panov–Botvinnik Attack with 5…e6 6. Nf3 Bb4 and the Nimzo-Indian Defence?

I would like to know what are all the most frequent transpositions between the two following openings: . The Caro-Kann Panov–Botvinnik Attack with 5...e6 6. Nf3 Bb4: [StartPly "12"] [FEN ""] ...
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Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the so-called Apocalypse Attack vs the Caro-Kann? [Title "Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR ...
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Why do most beginners play this line agains the Caro-Kann?

Why do most beginners play this line against the Caro-Kann? 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 and 5. Nc3? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 AnyMove 5. Nc3
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What are the ideas behind the Short variation in Advance Caro-Kann?

What are the main strategic and tactical ideas behind the so-called Short variation in Advance Caro-Kann? I mean this line: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Isn't White's ...
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If I like both the Caro-Kann and the Slav, is it a good idea to answer 1. d4 with 1… c6?

I was just wondering, if as Black I normally play the Caro-Kann and the Slav (but I slightly prefer the Caro-Kann), is it a good idea to answer 1. d4 with 1... c6!? I looked in an opening database, ...
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Does the Caro-Kann or the Tartakower System of the Queen's Gambit Declined help with positional skills?

In the following Wikipedia biography on Gary Kasparov, I read the following: From age 7, Kasparov attended the Young Pioneer Palace in Baku and, at 10 began training at Mikhail Botvinnik's chess ...