December 29, 2010

Caro-Kann | Exchange Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this post gives initial knowledge on the Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. The Exchange variation is one of the most popular in the Caro-Kann. See the variation text and video below. A short pgn file on the variation will follow.

Variation Name: Exchange variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5.
Parent Opening: Caro-Kann Defense.

Within the Caro-Kann Defense, the Exchange variation has almost the same popularity as the 3.Nc3 variation. The Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann is B13-B14. After 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5, there are 2 playing lines. Line 1 runs via [3... cxd5] 4.c4 (Exchange, Panov-Botvinnik attack).

Line 2 runs via [3... cxd5] 4.Bd3 which is Exchange, Rubinstein variation. Line 1 with 4.c4 on the Exchange, Panov-Botvinnic attack is approximately twice more popular than Line 2. The main continuation of the Panov-Botvinnic attack is 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 or 6... Bb4.

The Panov-Botvinnic attack of the Exchange variation may be characterized by a beautiful chess opening structure with 2 isolated pawns on d4 and d5. You can see this in the video, which follows. It will show how to correctly play 2 proven lines of the Caro-Kann Exchange:




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To see the latest tendencies in playing the Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann Defense, a pgn file on this variation will be added - with fresh chess master games.

December 25, 2010

Caro-Kann | 3.Nc3 Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this post gives initial knowledge on the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. The 3.Nc3 variation is one of the most popular in the Caro-Kann. See the variation text and video below. A short pgn file on the variation will follow.

Variation Name: 3.Nc3 variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3.
Parent Opening: Caro-Kann Defense.

The Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann is ECO codes B15-B19. Officially, the variation has 15 subvariations - all of them run through the following 3 lines: • 3.Nc3 dxe4, • 3.Nc3 g6, • 3.Nc3 b5. The line 3.Nc3 dxe4 is the most popular; the second popular is 3.Nc3 g6.

The 3.Nc3 variation is sometimes called the Modern variation. It is common at the chess master level and at the top level of chess. For example, in the year 2010 the variation was played by V. Ivanchuk (2764), T. Radjabov (2744), P. Eljanov (2742), J. Polgar (2686).

The most popular line of the Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 variation is 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5. To get a feel of the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann, the next video will show you its 1 proven line. The video will also show how to estimate your success in any opening play:




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To learn more, you are welcome to download a pgn file on the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann. The file is 20 games played by chess masters in 2010. The games were analyzed by a computer program and sorted by lines. Best middlegame line for each game is shown:

The Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 Variation PGN File (19 KB)

To read the pgn file and see the Caro-Kann games in action, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. If you don't have it, click the next link: How to Download Free PGN Viewer Program.

December 22, 2010

Caro-Kann Defense

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This page is designed for chess beginners, and it gives initial knowledge on the Caro-Kann Defense chess opening. Here you can find the description of the Caro-Kann opening, chess video "Caro-Kann: General Information", and more links to the opening in question.

I. Caro-Kann: Data and Description

Opening Name: Caro-Kann Defense
Moves Order: 1.e4 c6
ECO Codes: B10–B19

The Caro-Kann is a Semi-Open Game chess opening. It has reputation of solid and strong defense for Black with a good pawn structure in endgame. It is named after the English player Horatio Caro and the Austrian's Marcus Kann. They both analyzed the opening in 1886.

The Caro-Kann is popular, and the following is the answering statistics:
• 2.d4 - 80%. • 2.Nc3 - 6%. • 2.c4 - 5%.
• 2.d3 - 3%. • 2.Nf3 - 3%.   Total: 97%.

The following is 8 common variations of the Caro-Kann:
• Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 - B15.
• Caro-Kann, Exchange variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 - B13.
• Caro-Kann, Advance variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 - B12.

• Caro-Kann, Classical variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 - B18.
• Caro-Kann, 3.Nd2 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 - B12.
• Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 - B12.

• Caro-Kann, 2.Nc3 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 - B10.
• Caro-Kann, Anti-Caro-Kann variation: 1.e4 c6 2.c4 - B10.
To see description of the Caro-Kann in a visible way, please find the video below.

II. Caro-Kann Video: General Information

The video will show the designated moves of the Caro-Kann Defense opening, ECO codes, general description, answering statistics, 8 most common variations. The video consists of 4 parts and runs 2 minutes 40 seconds. To see the video, click the Play button below:




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III. Caro-Kann: More Links

Because this is the main page of the Caro-Kann Defense chess opening on this chess blog, below you will find more links on this chess opening:

Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 Variation [text, video, pgn]
Caro-Kann, Exchange Variation [text, video]
Caro-Kann, Advance Variation [text, video]
Caro-Kann, Classical Variation [text, video]

December 18, 2010

Semi-Open Games | General Information

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This information is designed for chess beginners, and from this page on we begin to learn the Semi-Open Game chess openings. To get initial general information on the Semi-Open Games, see video "Semi-Open Games: General Info" at the bottom and read the text below.

The Semi-Open Games are chess openings which start with the 1st White move e4 and the 1st Black's any but not e5 (an Open Game chess opening starts with 1.e4 e5). The other name of a Semi-Open Game is Single King Pawn Game because only White moves his King pawn on.

Unlike the Open Games, the Semi-Open Games are more positional in play.
And there are the following 6 main Semi-Open Games:

• Caro-Kann Defense 1.e4 c6, B10–B19.
• French Defense 1.e4 e6, C00-C19.
• Sicilian Defense 1.e4 c5, B20-B99.

• Alekhine's Defense 1.e4 Nf6, B02-B05.
• Scandinavian Defense 1. e4 d5, B01. Synonym: Center Counter Defense.
• Pirc Defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3, B07-B09. Synonym: Ufimtsev [Yugoslav] Defence.

The next video will show more on the Semi-Open Games in a visible way:




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On the next lessons, we will study the Semi-Open Games one by one.