Caro-Kann Defense: Hillbilly Attack

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  • 18 months ago


    Recently played this line as black. Not the first time i have seen it, just didnt know that the line had a name until now.  As you can see, white tried to compensate but ended up having to trade his light bishop.  He was also unable to get his queenside pieces to good squares ahead of my rapid development on the queenside and quick utilization of the half-open c file. 


  • 20 months ago


    @drgordon126 In the game that you showed, black equalized quickly (thanks to white's opening choice) and had a winning edge for most of the game (sometimes small, sometimes large). If black hadn't worked himself into a mate in the last few moves, he could have just won with the 5 pawns for the exchange. 

  • 21 months ago


    Somebody sees two persons sitting down and playing chess. He comes over and asks:

    "What's up?"

    The person playing black:


    I have heard about variations named after Chigorin, Lasker, Alekhine, and many more, but it is the first time I have heard about one named after a hillbilly. I think it is quite obvious who first played it.

  • 21 months ago


    Having the bishop on B3 would seem decent, but at my level, my opponents almost always allow the exchange on e4 and then follow up with Bb5+, and then if I block with the bishop, they just take it, helping me get rid of my problem light-square bishop. The combination of those two things seems antithetical to me (because white moves his good bishop 3 times and then exchanges it for black's bad bishop, which only has to make one move, so it's a bad exchange, a loss of tempo, and helps black's other pieces develop as well...strange).

    In the Caro main line, white forces black to play several bishop moves before he can get rid of it and develops the white pieces nicely in the process.  Well, I guess that is why that is the main line and this silly opening is rarely played! 

  • 2 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    I wouldn't recommend this for white.  Just played against it as black (I often play Caro) responded with 2...d5.  My opponent played a good game for the rest of the way, but it just seemed like after he went for the "hillbilly attack" black simply had the advantage and white got slowly crushed.

    This isn't immediately catastrophic for white, but I think as long as black doesn't make any mistakes white ought to be at a big disadvantage.  It's basically a lost tempo, if not two right off for white, bad seeds to plant at the start of the game.

  • 3 years ago


    Now black can kick white bishop with 2...b5.

  • 3 years ago


    I just looked this move order up for kicks since I think Caro is good in that it is pretty good at closing down the white king bishop's diagonal. It seems the easiest answer is just the ordinary exhange then after Bb3 going e6 shutting it out. there are obviously other moves you could make instead of e6 right off (Nc6 Bf5) but that is kind of the point of the defense to me. Personally with black I have much more problems with Panov than something like this.

  • 4 years ago


    I used to see this all the time as black in blitz.

    I guess people wanted an Italian type setup with the bishop on c4 and didn't even stop to think about d4! gaining a tempo.
    Worked out for me though.   

  • 4 years ago


    i've been playing the caro kan as black but not sure how to handle certain position. can you direct me on subject to study?

  • 4 years ago


    I just played against this opening as black.

  • 4 years ago


    Bad should be called hobo attack :))

  • 5 years ago


    The disadvantage for White is a loss of tempo after 2...d5. The bishop will be moved twice at the expense of continued development. And "...d5" doesn't have to be immediate, either. Even the threat of it wins Black a tempo. For instance, even in the natural continuation of 2...e5 3.Nf3 d5 4.exg5 cxd5 5.Bb5+ Black has traded their flank pawn for White's center pawn and White's bishop has moved twice.


    Why play 2.Bc4 when there are many more aggressive and higher scoring options?

  • 5 years ago


    this ones for dumb hillbillies , a smart hillbilly would know better Laughing

  • 5 years ago



    It doesn't score badly that database is taken from 4 games =P

  • 5 years ago


    nce opening..... really puts pressure on the quensside of white....

  • 6 years ago


    Awesome name, bad opening ;)

  • 6 years ago


    The title suits whites opening style. Almost looks like a weak attempt at Scholars Mate

  • 6 years ago


    bad move...

  • 7 years ago

    NM BrianWall


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    Brian Wall

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