Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c6/2. Nc3

Caro-Kann Defence, Two Knights Variation
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 2. Nc3
ECO code: B10-B19
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Caro-Kann Defence, Two Knights Variation


Instead of committing to a pawn to d4 move, White is attempting a more cautious approach by placing a knight on c3 first. The vast majority of players play 2...d5 with white usually continuing with 3. Nf3. By placing the knight first, White is giving itself more flexibility over when to commit to a d pawn advance.

Theory table


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