19208 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Caro-kann is ok if you are playing for a draw...You have big chance to earn it. But otherwise, it is to passive. White get's huge activity. So you cannot play it for a win successfully. I think the french is the best among positional openings against e4. The owen's opening is not so bad either.
Good to know, xxvalakixx, that my choice of opening when I want to win as Black is too passive. I will give up on the Caro, which frequently leads to sharp opposite side castling, and play the French, where I get either a slightly worse Caro or a drawable ending, or the Owen's where I have almost no chance to win at all.
Yeah I'd have to check but I don't think I've drawn with the Caro. It's only passive if you don't achieve your goals, which is true with the QGD and a lot of other openings.
Caro-kann is ok if you are playing for a draw...You have big chance to earn it. But otherwise, it is to passive. White get's huge activity. So you cannot play it for a win successfully.
Yes you can. There's an entire CK repertoire you can build around fighting for the win instead of playing the drawing lines. Refer to GM Shankland's video series on this specific repertoire of the CK (you'll need diamond membership to view the videos).
Maybe e5, fianchetto, knights, queen's pawn gambit, yeah:)
Woa, so many Caro players here !
I always thought I was in minority playing that...
Yes, the CK is a try for a win. Thinking it is "passive" just proves not to have studied it much. Certainly it is less "tactical" though - but those are two different concepts.
Caro-Kann is a great opening.
An alternative would be the French. It looks passive, but some lines (especially the Winawer) are quite sharp and aggressive.
It looks passive ?
You mean before move 2 ?
Black's philosophy in the French is mainly to keep harassing White to compensate for his light-squared bishop.
"Best of 2nd Gashimov Memorial Recap! Hosted by GM Alex Yermolinsky and GM Maxim Dlugy"
Trying to improve
by Die_Schanze a few minutes ago
want some analysis
by seanysean2 3 minutes ago
Nigel Short: Women's brains not chess brains
by Masamune314 5 minutes ago
Endorsements-I Often Wonder Why...
by SocialPanda 5 minutes ago
DOES THE FOOD WE EAT EFFECTS THE RATE OF WINNIG IN CHESS?
by SheridanJupp 6 minutes ago
The U.S.C.F. Daytona 500
by PHudson 8 minutes ago
Caro Kann exchange - what am I missing?
by Bixology 9 minutes ago
Scid for PC versus Scid for Mac
by EscherehcsE 10 minutes ago
For people who study chess to master it is there a formula relating IQ to FIDE?
by yyoochess 17 minutes ago
4/26/2015 - Mate in 2
by gourob 19 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!