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Caro-Kann Gurgenidze (non-fianchetto) Analysis

Caro-Kann Gurgenidze (non-fianchetto) Analysis

Aug 17, 2010, 2:04 AM 2
As far as I am concerned the game is book up until your last move 8. ... a6

Here the book specifically states that on move 4 Black must fianchetto his bishop or he does not have any realistic chances for equality:

1) Why is the book move here 8. ... Nc6?

2) Assuming superiority of the book move, what vulnerabilities are created by 8. ... a6?

3) What should be the proper book move in response to 8. ... a6?

4) In the following 11. Bd3, what is the main threat and does it apply in the new variation (after 8. ... a6)?

5) Why does White castle in response to Nc6 (instead of advancing the knight to b5)?

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