Short and the Caro-Kann

Aug 12, 2014, 3:34 PM |

I have been playing against the Caro-Kann quite often recently, and have drawn inspiration and innovation from some beautifully played games by GM Nigel Short (pictured).

Here are some details about Mr Short:

  • Regarded as the strongest English chess player of the 20th century.
  •  At the age of 10 won against Viktor Korchnoi in an exhibition which caught the media’s attention. 
  • Became (at the time) the youngest IM in chess history, by scoring 8/15 in the Hastings Premier in 1979/80 and thus breaking Bobby Fischer's 1958 record.
  • Became a Grandmaster at age 19.
  • Ranked third in the world from January 1988 – July 1989
  • Overcame the legendary Russian, Anatoly Karpov (+4=4–2) in a match.
  • In 1993, he qualified to play Garry Kasparov for the World Chess Championship but lost.

Short aged 11 giving a simul, England, 1976.


The Caro-Kann.

This is the Caro-Kann position (above) and some possibly good continuations (below) from the opening explorer at I found it interesting that 2.Ne2 had such a high success rate when played, yet was played so rarely by masters.


The position after 2.Ne2 d5 3.e5 (above) and, again, the possible continuations below.

And some thematic games from the man himself. I apologize sincerely that the games are unannotated. I hope you enjoy them nonetheless. 

My favorite game: