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From my research in response to c5 in the game line, the most challenging seems to be c4 by white immediately as the resulting middlegame and endgame positions are unpleasant at best for black to hold (a computer can do it)
This is a great series on the Caro-Kann. I will continuosly be revisiting this site again and again. You are AWESOME!!
Great video, great series. Entertaining as always.
Thanks for a very informative series!
15 min videos are also good, as with this one:)
Enjoyed the game thanks for making the opening ideas so clear.
Nice game by Black, both players here are over 2700 Fide right now.
Great series, really enjoyed it.
thank you Sam nice game indeed!
Very useful series that I will be revisiting.
by GM Sam Shankland
GM Sam Shankland brings his series on the Caro Kann to a close today. He reviews the game Inarkiev-Riazantsev from last year, and he highlights Riazntsev's ability to open the center quickly as black, without giving white any weaknesses to target. Shankland suggests Riazantsev is one of the strongest players in the world to consistently feature the Caro as a main part of his repertoire. The game ends with a brilliant attack against the white king.
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Inarkiev, Ernesto
vs. Riazantsev, Alexander
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance, Short Variation with 4.Nf3 (B12)
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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