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Caro Kann

  • #1
  • #2

    Try the 

    http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/articles/index.html (but a lot of these are ideas for White vs. the Caro)

    In terms of books, try McDonald's Main-line Caro or if you want something both humorous + recent, seek out Lakdawala's book.

  • #3

    if you go to learn --> video lessons --> there is a lot of videos about the Caro Kann.

  • #4

    thanks but I would rather get a book not videos

  • #5

    I always promote the book by Schandorff. It's not totally perfect, but it's the best book on the subject for building a C-K repertoire. Also, don't dismiss so quickly the video series by GM Sam Shankland. It's almost exactly the same repertoire that Schandorff supports in his book, and is a great way to give yourself some preliminary education on the subject.

  • #6

    The repertoire Caro Kann book of the Danish GM Lars Schandorff is probably the best available ATM, but IMO it's unusable for a player of your level.

    Better study the simple Shankland videos (although they are a tad dogmatic, and probably not very good for low rated players, either).

  • #7

    IM Lakdawala Played/plays the caro-kann for years so his book should get you a good foundation to learn and improve from. The Schandorff book requires a base knowledge of whats going on as is typical with any of the GM repertiore book. I also like the format of Lakkawala's books since he answers those but-why-cannt-i-do-this sort of beginner questions that are so obvious to strong players. 

  • #8

    I knew very little about the Caro-Kann when I picked up the Schandorff book, yet I had no problem understanding it. Obviously by the time you 'should' be reading opening books, you have enough chess understanding to handle them anyway.

  • #9

    He and Shankland both prefer the Bf5-Bg6 treatment. I've played the line so many times in blitz that it becomes mere hand movements until you get to see where white wants to put the dark bishop.

  • #10

    It's a repertoire book, which means the lines are limited to what they suggest. So for the classical, it's:


    As the main line choice. Both Schandorff and Shankland prefer kingside castling for black whenever there's a choice (implying that there's more chances to win).


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