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Chess Structures: Caro Kann

Chess Structures: Caro Kann

blohmoremoney
Sep 11, 2015, 3:05 AM 3

Today I worked through Chapter 3 of "Chess Structures" by GM Rios which covered the Caro-Kann formation.

 

1) White gains better control of the centre.

2) White has more space by having the d-pawn on the fourth rank.

 

White's Plans: Control of centre opens up multiple opportunities

1) Direct Kingside attack with Knight at e5, target weah h7 pawn with Queen and Bishop from d3

2) Gain space with c3-c4, h2-h4

3) Play c4-c5 to restrict Black's release ... c5 and to control d6 square

 

Black's Plans: Dispute White's centre and transform the structure

1) Break with ... c6-c5 where Black will have 4-2 Kingside pawns/Queenside pawns versus a White 3-3 structure

2) Break up with ... e5-e5 though this is rare given White's likely control of e5

3) Pressure d4 once c3-c4 played

4) Challenge White's control of d5 by playing ... b5 once White has played c2-c5

 


Of the six games in the chapter, I chose two to annotate as model games for the plans for White and Black.

White's Plan: Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007 illustrating the d6 outpost combined with a Kingside attack.

Black's Plan: The freeing strike of ... c5 and eventually ... e5

 


Training Question Game 1: Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007

Find White's best plan and move
 

Training Question Game 1: Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007
 
 
Find White's best move
 

Training Question Game 1: Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007
 

 
Find White's best way to continue
 

Training Question Game 1: Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007
 
 
Find White's instant finish
 

Game 1 Annotations and Analysis:  Ivanisevic-Ascic, Zupanja 2007

Illustrating plans for White

 

 

Observe White's plan of advancing the e-pawn, taking advantage of the undefended Bd6 in order to gain tempo.

See how he gains control of d6, removes defenders of the square and the Knight on d6 drives the action around him.

Notice how he combines Kingside action, firstly inducing ... h6 by hitting h7 and then uses this as a latching point by advancing the g-pawn.

Instructive is the dominance of the e-file and 7th rank.

 



Training Questions Game 2: Holt-Kamsky, St Louis 2013

 

Find a way for Black to free his game

 


Training Questions Game 2: Holt-Kamsky, St Louis 2013

 

 

Find the best way for Black to seize the initiative

 


Training Questions Game 2: Holt-Kamsky, St Louis 2013

Find the finish to this game

 


Game Annotations and Analysis Game 2: Holt-Kamsky, St Louis 2013

  

 
Observe how Black frees himself with ... f5 and then ... c5
See how he breaks open White's position with ... e3 and centralises the Black Queen.
Instructive is the action of the rooks firstly on the a-file and then 2nd rank.
A nice tactically deflection on g2 at the conclusion.
  




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