Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c6

Caro-Kann Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 c6
ECO code: B10-B19
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Caro-Kann DefenceEdit

In choosing the Caro-Kann, Black gives up the centre in exchange for easier development. In contrast to the French, the queen's bishop is not blocked, but the c6-square is no longer available for the knight. Black often aims to let White's pawns overextend, or develop a poor structure, and take advantage in the endgame.

White's natural move is now 2. d4 as nothing prevents them from building a strong center. Bobby Fischer sometimes played 2. Nf3 followed by 3. Nc3.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation.

1.e4 c6
2 3
Main line d4
Two Knights Attack Nc3
Nf3 =
Two Knights Attack Nf3
Nc3 =
Accelerated Panov Attack c4
Breyer Variation d3
Nd2 =

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  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.