How to CRUSH with the Caro-Kann!

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0:00 Intro
0:45 Theory
16:03 Game 1
26:00 Game 2

1. e4 c6 2. d4 (2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 (3… a6 4. d4 Bg4) 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6) (2. Nc3 d5 3. Qf3) 2… d5 3. e5 (3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 (4… Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O Re8 9. Be3) 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6) (3. Nd2) (3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 (4. Nf3 Nc6 (4… g6)) (4. Bd3 Nc6) 4… Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 (5… g6 6. Qb3 Bg7 7. cxd5 O-O)) (3. f3 g6 (3… dxe4 4. fxe4) 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 Qb6) 3… c5 (3… Bf5 4. Nf3 (4. h4) (4. c4) (4. Nc3) 4… e6 5. Be2 c5 6. O-O Nc6) 4. c3 (4. dxc5 Nc6 (4… e6 5. Be3) 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Bf4 e6) (4. Nf3) 4… Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Nge7 *

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  1. I stopped playing chess for a very long time (about 12 years).
    The place I was living before I moved out, was making me mentally fragile and I stopped doing things I love to do because my head was so tired. Now, I've gained the passion for chess again and you are an amazing teacher and player. I'm 25 years old but it is never too late to become a master. Thank you, Levi.

  2. Here is a tip caro players. Against d4 play c6 and either a Slav or caro Kahn both fit caro Kahn players.

  3. I used to hate Caro kann cuz it's hard to use but now it's pretty good

  4. This video helped me a lot. I am a 800 and managed to beat an 1000 with this opening. Thanks for the help levy 👍

  5. This is not helpful at all, i tried all of these variations against Antonio (1500 elo bot) and haven´t won a single time-

  6. I tried the Sicilian Defense but then understood that I was not worth it because it has so much theory my head would burst up and still won't get it.I like the Caro-Kann defense because it's you who is teaching.Without much of theory,only the things which is necessary and the fact that this opening relies on our intellect rather than the mainlines

  7. Great content. I just can’t keep up. So fast and hard to understand

  8. I tried this the first chance I got and ran into something the computer labeled 'Hillbily' idk what I did but apparently following your rules of simple developing moves while constantly looking for checks, captures and attacks worked since I won. Sad to say I had 3 mistakes and 4 blunders according to the computer.

  9. When you mentioned the Karpov with …Nd7, …Ngf6 (9:35), I felt like you really needed to warn your viewers about Qe2. 🙂 (For anyone interested: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Qe2?! Ngf6?? 6. Nd6#)
    Thank you for this great video and for great content in general. 🙂

  10. too passive for us. wed rather go for a attack

  11. good lesson, enjoyed the variation explanation

  12. why not just do en passent on the first part of this video? it would confuse the hell out of the player because they most likely wouldn't know that the move is legal

  13. every time I bring my knight to C6 as in 2:47 it gets attacked by the enemy bishop and then I have to cover it with my own light square bishop and I cant use it to pin the enemy knight … what do I do with this

  14. If you see this, I want to let you know this is a great and enterteining video about the Caro Kann defense by GhotamChess

  15. Are there any gambits white can play not playing d4 which makes car kann defense useless? Or are there any moves which make caro kann weak ?

  16. I love that he calls it “terrifying” 😂

  17. I don't understand it. I'm low Elo and lose 80% of my games. I have much more success with Sicilian

  18. Do you have any B6 videos. I can’t find any

  19. Bro magnus hanging mate is my background on my school computer

  20. It don't know how, but it actually works… this is a huge steppingstone for me.
    Thank you, Gotham, You have re-installed another chess player!

  21. A year late, but any time there’s a I could edit this out but I’ll just make Ugga booga noise for a little bit instead I can’t help but laugh.

  22. Notes for self

    – it is against e4 (white)

    – first move is c6 followed by d5

    1:20 – double white pawns in the middle

    Advanced Variation 1, but not recommended by Levy (White pushes pawn to e5)= 1:31

    –> Advanced Variation 2, but Levy recommends this = 2:30

    – pawn takes 2:40

    – Nf3 2:52

    – After light sq. bishop pins knight 3:20

    – If light sq. bishop is attacked 3:42

    – white bishop to f4 4:26

    – if white pawn to c3 after central pawns 4:43

    –> Exchange Variation 5:47

    If white normally develops 6:08 (not exactly exchange variation)

    Actual Exchange Variation 8:17

    –> Panov Variation (white pawn to c4) 6:50

    Recommended by Levy under Panov Variation – feincatto 7:30

    –> If they leave the e4 pawn there 8:36

    -> Classical Variation 1 (Knight defends e4) 9:23

    -> once the knight exchange occurs 10:35

    -> they play h3 11:03

    -> they don't play h3 11:44

    -> Classical Variation 2 12:06

    -> Fantasy Variation (white pawn to f3) 12:44

    -> risky attack for black 13:49 (mate in 7)

    -> Two knights variation after white pawn to e4 14:26

  23. Caro-Kann

    Advanced Variation: 2:33
    – Take your C pawn: 2:46
    + If they defend the C pawn with bishop: 3:29
    + If they play bf4: 4:26
    – Defending the D pawn with pawn: 4:46

    Exchange Variation:
    – C4 counter-attack (Defend first with knight): 7:33
    – Bishop d3: 8:17

    – Classical variation (defending with knight and taking pawn): 8:57
    + Doesn't take: 10:07
    + Taking: 10:15 (perfect position: 10:35)
    – Fantasy (defending with f3 pawn): 12:46

    2 Knights:
    – Play like Tartikower: 14:30
    – Play like a White Wall: 14:39

  24. levy thanks for being a good teacher i come to this video when i want to fall asleep faster. 😅

  25. beat one 730 rating player with karo-kann 😀
    he dont know what i am doing
    ahhh… chaos ! is a ladder… mid-game was wild…
    but… i keep cool^^…

  26. 11:03 the moment I realize that I’ve seen this exact position in games and didn’t know of this checkmate 😭😭

  27. Thanks for the opening! Today I learnt this variation and so happens, that I beat for the first time my dad at chess ( an 1800 elo rated player). Thanks, really cool 👍

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