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:

• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

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.