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Why Is Everyone Playing the Caro Kann?

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RebelPrince86

Did someone make it the new Stafford Gambit - seems like everyone is playing it.

Anixton_likes_kids

its a solid openning

80HD

It's Levy Rozman's (Gothamchess) favorite opening against 1. E4. His great friend Eric Rosen is considered the godfather of the Stafford Gambit. I think being the biggest modern chess streamer and how Caro Kann is great for anyone under 2000+ ELO has increased its popularity. 

tygxc

Also Firouzja
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2010683 

Ultimate-trashtalker

Ya Caro has become popular in under 2200 chess recently due to some streamers such as GothamChess playing it and recommending it.....even i play it 😆. But yeah really have to come up with an sideline to overcome it

Xx_gamingchess_xX
My opinion (not good but whatever) is that it doesn’t have as much theory as other e4 openings and isnt as risky as others (in most lines).
verylate

Fashions come and go. Sometimes all it takes is the discovery of one interesting resource in what was previously considered a lifeless position and suddenly everyone is wearing torn jeans. or whatever. Add the Youtube factor and it doesn't make much to turn the silliest idea (and the CK is hardly a silly opening) into haute couture.

There is also Taimanov's observation that what is well forgotten can become new again, but I don't think that's the case here. 

blueemu

The Caro-Kann is... like... the Sicilian Defense for people with short arms.

Ultimate-trashtalker

The main reason maybe less theory compared to Sicilian but want to push the c pawn 😂😂

Lucifer-mihirS-rival

daniel naroditsky shows a good annoying line against caro that line has served well till nowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5o7yemsySA

 

 

OranegJuice

Do they? I haven't seen any Caro Kann players in a long time.

BL4D3RUNN3R

It’s all pawns and no hope.

BL4D3RUNN3R

Here’s the real answer why, written by a GM.

http://matthias-wahls.com/webinars-2/mogliche-themen/eroffnung/caro-kann-master-class/

Duck

Because it's goated

Flameus1110

I tried to learn the sicilian first before realizing how much theory's involved and then I switched to the caro-kann because I heard it was a lot easier and a solid opening. (Also cause I watch Gotham)

the_undertaker_83

I am not playing Karo Cann.

FavouredSaucer
I play it all the time as black, it’s very solid, simple goals, and easy to learn and master
Kowarenai
FavouredSaucer wrote:
I play it all the time as black, it’s very solid, simple goals, and easy to learn and master