Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c6/2. d4/2...d5

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 2.d4 d5
ECO code: B12-B19
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Caro–Kann DefenceEdit

2...d5Edit

This is the main line of the Caro–Kann. It is a semi-open game that tends to contain lines with minor piece play. In this position, White has four ways to deal with the central tension:

  1. Attempt to close the center with 3. e5, the Advance Variation.
  2. Exchange a set of pawns with 3. exd5.
  3. Wait for Black to exchange pawns with either 3. Nc3 or 3. Nd2, the Classical Variation. The two knight moves usually lead to the same position after 3...dxe4 4. Nxe4.
  4. Prepare to recapture in the center with a pawn by 3. f3, aiming to keep a full pawn center.

Note that after 3. Bd3?!, 3... dxe4 4. Bxe4 Nf6 gives Black the initiative.

Theory tableEdit

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

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5

3 4 5
Advance Variation e5
Bf5
Nf3
e6
Be2
Nd7
=
Classical Variation Nc3/Nd2
dxe4
Nxe4
Bf5
Ng3
Bg6
=
Karpov Variation ...
...
...
Nd7
Nf3
Ngf6
=
Tartakower/Korchnoi Variation ...
...
...
Nf6
Nxf6+
exf6
=
Bronstein–Larsen Variation ...
...
...
...
...
gxf6
+=
Exchange Variation exd5
cxd5
Bd3
Nc6
c3
Nf6
=
Panov-Botvinnik Attack ...
...
c4
Nf6
Nc3
e6
=
Fantasy Variation f3
dxe4
fxe4
e5
Nf3
Bg4
=

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ReferencesEdit

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