# Chess Structures: Caro Kann

Sep 11, 2015, 3:05 AM |
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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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