The "Win a Piece" Variation
One of the trickiest openings I know, is what I call the "Win a Piece" variation of the Caro-Kann. Full credit for developing the opening should be given to Colorado's infamous NM Brian Wall; developer of such crazy openings as the "Fishing Pole" 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 (oh no, not another Berlin) 4. 0-0 Ng4!? (definitely not the Berlin!) intending 5. h3 h5!
This opening is probably not to used in world championship matches (although you'll see at the end of this blog, that it helped me qualify for the 2011 So Cal State Champs!) but it's a great opening for club level and especially blitz games! Hope this blog helps you grab many easy wins!
"Win a Piece" Variation Part I
White to move and set/carry out a trap