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]