Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann
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Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann

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Many people think of the Caro-Kann as a dull, dry opening that old men play to try to draw with black. (Indeed, I can't recall a single time I've met someone younger than me who plays the Caro!)

Historically, the Classical variation hasn't done much to change this reputation, with black castling queenside and hoping to hold on in slightly inferior, relatively symmetrical positions.

But don't believe these lies! Sure, black can play in this style...but I'm here today to show you two thrilling tournament games in my favorite opening.

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This first game is yet another game from the Texas State championship, against young Ryo Chen. I wrote more about this event HERE, but didn't get to cover this one yet!

The second game was just played yesterday, here at the World Open in Philadelphia! (If you're here too, say hello between rounds if you get the chance!) I was very familiar with my opponent - Vincent Baker earned his Expert title by beating me in the final round of a tournament back in 2014, and in the coming years we played several more times, as I watched him go from "that 1900-something player that always manages to cause me trouble!" to a seriously talented master.

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