Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6

In the Panov Attack against the Caro-Kann, White follows up the exchange 3.exd5 with 4.c4, attacking Black's central pawn. The resulting positions often involve an isolated queen pawn, where White is looking for an attack but has a long-term weakness.


  • Aggressive
  • Positionally complex
  • Sound


  • Isolated queen pawn
  • Many different options for Black
  • Black has free play

Famous Practitioners: Mikhail Botvinnik

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