March 14, 2011

Caro-Kann | Classical Variation

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This is to give initial knowledge on the Classical variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. Please be informed that the Classical variation is the 4th most popular variation of the Caro-Kann. You can find below the textual description and a chess video on the Classical variation.

Variation Name: Classical variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5.
ECO Code: B18.

The variation is the classics of this chess opening. The Classical variation is considered "the most correct" Caro-Kann Defense. The White knight on e4 is under attack after 4... Bf5 and the Classical variation has 2 play lines: with 5.Ng3 (main) and with 5.Nc5 (rare).

The line 5.Ng3 mostly runs 5... Bg6 6.h4 h6 - then this variation line goes as usual development for the both parties. White usually makes long or short castle while Black long. The typical moves are h4, Nf3, Bd3 for the White player and h6, Nd7, Qc7 for the Black player.

The line 5.Nc5 is rare because Black can easily get at least equal position, sometimes with an initiative. Within this variation line, Black may answer 5... Qc7, 5... Nd7 or attacking the White knight with b6 or e5. You can see this in Part III of the video which follows.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what is the Classical 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 5.Ng3. Part III will show how to play a proven line with 5.Nc5 and more.

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