CaroKann Defence  Advance Variation  



Position in ForsythEdwards Notation(FEN)
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CaroKann Defence  Advance VariationEdit
The advance variation was widely regarded as inferior for many years, owing chiefly to the strategic demolition that Aron Nimzowitsch (playing as White) suffered at the hands of José Capablanca in one of their games at the New York 1927 tournament:
Black almost always plays 3...Bf5 to free the lightsquared bishop outside the pawn chain, but, when trying to avoid the weight of theory associated with this line, can play 3...c5.
The Advance Variation has since been revitalized by aggressive lines such as the Bayonet Attack (4.Nc3 e6 5.g4) favored by Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov or the less ambitious variation 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 popularized by English Grandmaster Nigel Short.
The 3...c5 variation is an important alternative and avoids the weight of theory associated with 3...Bf5. It was used by Mikhail Botvinnik in his 1961 match vs. Mikhail Tal (though with a negative outcome for Botvinnik – two draws and a loss). In comparison to the French defense, Black lacks the tempo normally spent on ...e6. However, White can only exploit this by the weakening of his own central bind with 4. dxc5 when Black has good chances of regaining the pawn.
Theory tableEdit
For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
3  

Bf5 

c5 

g6 

Na6 

e6 

Qb6 

h5 

Nh6 

b6 

f6 

Be6 
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ReferencesEdit
 Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1857442210.
 Modern Chess Openings: MCO14. 1999. Nick de Firmian, Walter Korn. ISBN 0812930843.
 Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0805034099.
