Black's goals in the Caro-Kann Defense are to contest the center and to develop without creating major weaknesses. First of all,. Black will develop pieces as. The Caro-Kann Defence, long renow- ned for being a solid and reliable de- fence against 1.e4, is undergoing a re- naissance at the moment. In addition to being. chess book, Play the Caro-Kann – a long time in the chess world. loyal to the Caro-Kann, using it as a weapon against all types of opponents from beginners.

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In our day, the Caro-Kann Defence has achieved great popularity. Maybe this is because in a complicated positional battle, it is easier to outplay a. For more than a hundred years, the Caro-Kann Defence has had the This book is devoted to an unusual treatrnent of the Caro-Kann as White, involv-. The Caro-Kann is solid, reliable and – this may come as a surprise to some of you – a great fighting weapon. The latter point may need a little explanation.

It is clear that Black has overtaken his rival in developing an initiative. But who knows to what extent'! Despite B lack's success in the preceding game, it is precisely this A very modern and problematic position in the Gambit system. Obviously White will give preference to long castling but which move should he start with?

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Up to now three have been tried: 6 lL'le2, 6 1fd2 and 61ld3 d2 1 6 lL'le2 White defers the question as to where to detach his queen until a slightly later date. Not 29 order of moves that should be recognised as the clearest in reply to 6 lbe2. By carrying out a breakthrough in the centre, typical for the Gambit system, B lack immediately equalises the game.

But the position is worth it. Minasian - Asrian Erevan 1.

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White played pretentiously and clearly inaccurately in the encounter Richards - Nataf Stockholm : 9 h4 b5 1 0 lbc l?! Adianto would have been satisfied 1 2 'ifxd4 e5.

Only a dozen moves have been made - but Black already has an extra piece. An important resource. B lack carries out e6-e5, then takes out the splinter on c6.

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Despite the fact that at present there is insignificant practical experience of this move, we will risk making a prognosis: in the near future the Gambit system will be linked precisely with 6 'iVd3.

To make the best possible use of this book, I encourage you to pay attention to all such explanations, with the aim of building a framework of inter-connected ideas in your own mind. More than half of the book is devoted to the French Defence, the amount of space partially being due to the wide variety of systems available to Black.

Next we will deal with the ever- reliable Caro-Kann, before finishing with the Philidor, which has become rather fashionable in recent years.

Although this book contains some complex analysis in places, I have tried to emphasize the importance of themes and ideas, as I explain my understanding behind seemingly obscure variations and moves.

For most readers, grasping these key ideas will be more important than learning the precise variations, as you will still need to understand how to play the ensuing positions over the board, as well as to mould and expand your repertoire according to the changing times. The French Defence In the French Winawer, our repertoire constantly emphasizes the dark-square weaknesses that Black incurs after posting his central pawns on light squares and swapping off his dark- squared bishop.

As you work your way through the chapters, you will notice my attempts to apply this basic concept to virtually every modern theoretical line. This is most obvious in favourable endgames and simplified middlegames, but even those sharper variations involving attacks on the enemy king will often be rooted in this positional foundation. In the I would like to thank Jacob Aagaard for his guidance throughout the process, and Nikos Ntirlis and Andrew Greet for painstakingly going through my variations, editing them, suggesting important changes, and invariably pointing out the many shortcomings.

N Chapter 17 — However, for blitz, as White just needs to figure out the this once-popular variation has fallen on hard correct route for his queen: Intending times in recent years. N This improves over Black does not have full compensation for It is not too hard to understand that White the exchange.

However, the really interesting point is that it is better to give away both the c3- and d4-pawns, rather than capture the c5-pawn and give Black activity in the centre.

Chapter 17 — Without this Black will have no counterplay. The natural reply, but it should not be of any Smirnov — Polivanov, Lvov Trying too Dautov, Swiss League Apart from remembering the moves themselves, I hope you will also absorb something of this process, so that you will be able to find your own ideas to react to whatever new developments may come along.

Spanish Regency Chess Set. Qa4 N7c6 Following 22 Rhe1 Rfc8 23 Rc1 Nb6 the knight was heading to c4.

The flipside to this move is that Black concedes the f5-square to the white knight, something that is usually not recommended. T — Svane.

Bxg5 9. Nxe4 Nd7 Undoubtedly the most mainstream of the ideas I have filed into chapter 1.

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