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very well done, thanks
after nc4 ...nc5 dxc5... bxc5= white has be3
Much more interesting than the point about Qxf7+ bit at 9:09 is the improvement for black at 8:56... 15...Qa7+, which guards f7... so after 16.Kh1 (more or less forced), 16...Bxe2 hits the White Rook and Knight on e5. Black looks more active and better in the ending. BUT, the instructive point is well taken--after 11...a6, Black could struggle against White's improvement. The line banged out was for example purposes.
at 9:03 did u not even spot the move 17.Qxf7+ which is what he should play.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 Nd7 7.Bc4 Ngf6 8.Qb3 Bh5 9.0–0 b5 10.Be2 Bd6 11.a4 a6 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Qxa8 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bxh5 Nxh5 17.Rf5
White does not play 9.0-0, instead he either captures the pawn on b7 immediately which is okay, or he can play 9.Ng5 which is perhaps even better than this.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 Nf6 7.Be2 Nxe4 8.Nxe5
white would not have the better position here because black has 8...Qh4+ instead he is recommended to 0-0
I just noticed that at 20:25 you said that after 13...Re8+ black wins but what I think that you overlooked is white will play 14.0-0+ and manages to save his queen.
Lots of interesting comments about why this moves are made.
What about 3...e6 preparing to exploit the dark squares via ...c5, as the Wikipedia article about the Caro-Kann suggests?
I'm actually WINNING some games with the Caro-Kann now!
I've watched 8 of the vids and am only through 8-10 minutes of each video before my head is too full of information... which is a good thing actually:)!
What do you reccomend if White plays 4.nc3 instead of fxe4?
Lovin' the Caro.
thanks for the great series!
this was a great vid :)
Nice lecture with good explanations! I have a question however: I'm a bit puzzled by your comment at 18:20 that white's most challenging move is 7.Be2 with the intention of meeting Nxe4 with 8.Nxe5. If he does that I believe black can play 8...Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 and it looks to me that White is in bad shape. Am I missing something here ?
It was actually Sam's win over GM Robson in the Fantasy variation that got me hooked on the Caro-Kann. Along with these videos, Lars Schandorff's book on the Caro-Kann is a fantastic read, and can be used to create a much more in-depth repertoire for the sidelines Sam does not go into detail about.
@joekhani1999 nice puzzle
1. Kf6 + g6 2. Qg5 + Qe7 or h6 3. Qh6 or Qxh6 + Qxf6 4. exf6 + blacks move (any) 5. Qg7(check mate)????????
Instead of Bc4 - c3 - looks like very recent development - 2009 - 1 game, 2011 - 5 games, 4 of each white won.
That was a great lecture! The Caro-Cann has somehow "disappeared" from my repertoire but it was good seeing some advanced principles applied, I might try out this defence again in some blitz games and see what sort of success I have. Thanks Sam :)
What's wrong with Qxf7 Kd8 Qxh5 at 9:09?
Great series. This kind of analysis seems like a perfect fit for Sam's strengths as a teacher. Love it.
by GM Sam Shankland
Live the Fantasy... Variation of the Caro Kann! Enjoy GM Shankland's second installment to The Complete Caro video series, and take notes on Sam's personal recommendation (5...Bg4) against this tricky variation. Sam walks us through the "ideal setup" for black, and highlights the principles of black's approach. He also gives his recommendation for white's improvement over the main line.
Intermediate | Advanced
Caro-Kann Defense (B12)
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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