March 8, 2011

Caro-Kann | Advance Variation

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This is to give initial knowledge on the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. Please be informed that the Advance variation is the 3rd most popular variation of the Caro-Kann. You can find below the textual description and a chess video on the Advance variation.

Variation Name: Advance variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5.
ECO Code: B12.

The variation is named Advance because the White pawn e2-e4 moves (advances) later on e5. Usually, it is not recommended to move a chess piece twice at the opening, but moving twice here is OK because of extra space. Black has to begin the chess game in a small room...

There are 2 play lines of the Advance variation - with 3... Bf5 (main) and with 3... c5 (rare). With 3... Bf5, White usually answers 4.Nf3 or 4.Nc3. Black plays 4... e6 and may develop the g8 knight on e7, g6. Black must be ready to play h6 or h5 to hide the Bf5 bishop.

With 3... c5, White may answers 4.dxc5, 4.c3, or 4.Nf3. With 3... c5, Black is going to undermine the White base pawn on d4. The typical Black moves here are Nc6 and e6. Under correct play, Black must get equal opening positions within the both lines of the Advance...

Watch the video below to get an idea of what is the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann. The video consists of 3 parts. Part I is introduction. Part II will show how to play a most common line with 3... Bf5. Part III will show how to play a proven line with 3... c5.

• 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.