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Caro Kann

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    Does anyone know of any good books for learning the Caro Kann Defense? Or any online material where I could read about it more in depth and not Wikipedia haha thanks

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    Try the 

    http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/articles/index.html (but a lot of these are ideas for White vs. the Caro)

    In terms of books, try McDonald's Main-line Caro or if you want something both humorous + recent, seek out Lakdawala's book.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3


    if you go to learn --> video lessons --> there is a lot of videos about the Caro Kann.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4


    thanks but I would rather get a book not videos

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    I always promote the book by Schandorff. It's not totally perfect, but it's the best book on the subject for building a C-K repertoire. Also, don't dismiss so quickly the video series by GM Sam Shankland. It's almost exactly the same repertoire that Schandorff supports in his book, and is a great way to give yourself some preliminary education on the subject.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7


    IM Lakdawala Played/plays the caro-kann for years so his book should get you a good foundation to learn and improve from. The Schandorff book requires a base knowledge of whats going on as is typical with any of the GM repertiore book. I also like the format of Lakkawala's books since he answers those but-why-cannt-i-do-this sort of beginner questions that are so obvious to strong players. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8


    I knew very little about the Caro-Kann when I picked up the Schandorff book, yet I had no problem understanding it. Obviously by the time you 'should' be reading opening books, you have enough chess understanding to handle them anyway.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9


    He and Shankland both prefer the Bf5-Bg6 treatment. I've played the line so many times in blitz that it becomes mere hand movements until you get to see where white wants to put the dark bishop.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10


    It's a repertoire book, which means the lines are limited to what they suggest. So for the classical, it's:


    As the main line choice. Both Schandorff and Shankland prefer kingside castling for black whenever there's a choice (implying that there's more chances to win).

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