Help for the Caro Kann defence

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #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.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #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:

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #25


    For a book, you can check out 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.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #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!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #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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