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  • 22 months ago


    very well done, thanks

  • 2 years ago


    after nc4 ...nc5 dxc5... bxc5= white has be3

  • 2 years ago


    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. 

  • 2 years ago


    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.

    At 18:29

    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.

  • 2 years ago


    Lots of interesting comments about why this moves are made.

  • 2 years ago


    What about 3...e6 preparing to exploit the dark squares via ...c5, as the Wikipedia article about the Caro-Kann suggests?

  • 3 years ago


    TQ SIR...

  • 3 years ago


    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:)!

  • 3 years ago


    What do you reccomend if White plays 4.nc3 instead of fxe4?

  • 3 years ago


    Lovin' the Caro.

  • 3 years ago


    thanks for the great series!

    this was a great vid :)

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


    @joekhani1999 nice puzzle

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  • 3 years ago


    1. Kf6 + g6  2. Qg5 + Qe7 or h6 3. Qh6 or Qxh6 + Qxf6 4. exf6 + blacks move (any) 5. Qg7(check mate)????????

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    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 :)

  • 3 years ago


    What's wrong with Qxf7 Kd8 Qxh5 at 9:09?

  • 3 years ago


    Great series.  This kind of analysis seems like a perfect fit for Sam's strengths as a teacher.  Love it.

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