Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5

In playing 3.e5 in the Caro-Kann, White gains a space advantage by creating a pawn chain into Black's half of the board. With the center locked, the position slows down, and either side can play on both sides of the board in a very complex strategic situation, although there are some sharp attacking lines for White as well.


  • Advantage in space
  • Gain of time compared to the Advance French
  • Non-forcing play


  • Sometimes more closed than 1.e4 players would like
  • Black's Bc8 is free (compared to Advance French)

Famous Practitioners: Nigel Short, Alexei Shirov


Learn The Caro-Kann Defense

Learn the main lines and key ideas for both sides in the Caro-Kann Defense.
30 min
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