Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5

The main line of the Caro-Kann. White supports the center with the natural knight development, to which Black responds by clearing the center and developing his bishop to a good square, while attacking the central knight.


  • Free play for black pieces
  • Sound development
  • Positionally sound


  • Some very sharp, theoretical lines
  • Attacking chances for White on the kingside

Famous Practitioners: Alexei Dreev


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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