Help for the Caro Kann defence

  • #21

    White potentially has one piece more out as late as move ONE, dude. Should I play 1.Nf3 and claim that "Black is far behind in development" ?

    In the Najdorf or Dragon, white has two pieces out, black one, and it's white's turn to play. Under your "logic" white is winning. No?

  • #22

    Why not 8...h5 or 8...Nxe5 9.Bxe5 h5, when Black has zero problems whatsoever?

    Should 10...Qd7 be considered a smart move?

    Anyway, it's not that bad- Black is still fine...

    Why not 13...d4, which is what all strategy books recommend when your opponent goes wreckless on one flank?

    The rest of the moves aren't terribly inspiring, both sides involved.

    Plus, I do not care what your coach is. I care more about what the student is learning from the coach, which mainly depends on factors not relevant to the coach's strength, but rather on the teaching method, and the student's overall understanding.

    To sum it up, 4.Ne5 is hardly a bad move, and hardly more than a positional cheapo. With sane play, Black should be absolutely fine.

  • #23

    Another good line for Black is 4...Nc6 5.d4 e6 6.Bb5 Bd7 showing that White's entire opening strategy is ill-suited for an advantage even when he can carry out his plan. This line is no more than equal, but when White plays f4 Black can play for a win too.

  • #24

    I used to play this Ne5 stuff.  I appreciate the idea behind it, that White is trying to improve on the Fischer-style exchange variation by putting the N on e5 right away and playing around it, as opposed to developing with moves such as d4,Bd3,Bf4,h3 and trying to acheive the Nf3-e5 later.

    In practice though it doesn't really work.  Not only is the defensive formation with ..Nf6 and ..g6 proven to be solid, but Black can play in a more straightforward style as well and reach a decent position:



  • #25

    For a book, you can check out amazon.com for Caro-Kann books and read the reviews. I have "Caro-Kann Move by Move" by Lakdawala, but it's written from Black's point of view. 

    As for what variation to play, it depends on your style. If you are comfortable with isolani positions you can choose the Panov Attack, if you want a more complex, double-edged game you can play the Advance variation (3.e5), if you want a more stable position with +/=, I'd say you go for 3.Nc3... Check out some games and find out what you like most.

  • #26

    Is white's idea to play Bb5 against Nc6?

    1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Ne5 Nc6 5.Bb5

  • #27
    ozzie_c_cobblepot wrote:

    Is white's idea to play Bb5 against Nc6?

    1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Ne5 Nc6 5.Bb5

    It has been seen, but 5.d4 is more appropriate.  If 5..Nxe5 6.dxe5 White plays a wedge (pawns on c3, e5, f4, minor piece on d4)

    I think 5.Bb5 is a bluff that Black can call via 5...Bd7!

  • #28

    So what line does @jempty_method refer to with the comment "if black stupidly allows it there on move 5". What line would white be hoping for, where black just plays normal moves but white is all of a sudden considerably better?

  • #29
    ozzie_c_cobblepot wrote:

    So what line does @jempty_method refer to with the comment "if black stupidly allows it there on move 5". What line would white be hoping for, where black just plays normal moves but white is all of a sudden considerably better?

    Maybe 4...Bf5? or 4...d4? which are both met strongly by 5.Bb5+ .: 6.Qf3 and Black faces an early crisis.  I've never been fortunate enough to see either of those lemons though.

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