Learn the Caro-Kann in 15 Minutes [Chess Openings Crash Course]

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🔹 Caro-Kann Counter Gambit for White –

♛ Find the variations shown in the video in this blog-post –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov provides you with a complete chess opening crash course on the Caro-Kann Defense, which occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 c6. Whether you play 1.e4 as White or play the Caro-Kann Defense as Black, you should watch this video.

GM Igor Smirnov’s goal is to give you a complete overview of this opening, move by move, so that you understand it completely instead of memorizing several different variations.

You will learn how to play against the common responses of White including the Exchange Variation, the Advance Variation, and the mainline where White opts for 3.Nc3. You will learn the common ideas, middlegame plans, and most importantly, some IgorNation special tricks!

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► Chapters

00:00 Learn the Caro-Kann Defense Chess Opening
00:34 Mikhail Tal trolled Bobby Fischer
02:47 3 main variations of the Caro-Kann Defense
03:16 1) Exchange Variation: 3.exd5
05:13 2) Advance Variation: 3.e5
05:55 2.1) 3…Bf5, Mainline
06:40 2.2) 3…c5, Botvinnik-Carls Defense
08:50 3) Mainline: 3.Nc3
09:50 Do NOT fall into this TRAP!
10:25 4…Nf6, Korchnoi or Tartakower Variation
12:00 Common Middlegame Plans for Black
14:00 Example Middlegame
15:01 Tactical Quiz: Marcus Kann’s game
15:19 Caro-Kann Defense for White
15:35 4.f3, Rasa-Studier Gambit

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74 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Learn the Caro-Kann Defense Chess Opening

    00:34 Mikhail Tal trolled Bobby Fischer

    02:47 3 main variations of the Caro-Kann Defense

    03:16 1) Exchange Variation: 3.exd5

    05:13 2) Advance Variation: 3.e5

    05:55 2.1) 3…Bf5, Mainline

    06:40 2.2) 3…c5, Botvinnik-Carls Defense

    08:50 3) Mainline: 3.Nc3

    09:50 Do NOT fall into this TRAP!

    10:25 4…Nf6, Korchnoi or Tartakower Variation

    12:00 Common Middlegame Plans for Black

    14:00 Example Middlegame

    15:01 Tactical Quiz: Marcus Kann's game

    15:19 Caro-Kann Defense for White

    15:35 4.f3, Rasa-Studier Gambit

  2. You'd have to make a 24 hour video in order to cover the infinite amount of responses against the Caro Kannt.

  3. I was waiting for this video for so long!!! I like this these openings videos like the one that you did on the french defense 🇫🇷. Can you do one on the sicilian defense next?

  4. Me who doesn't play 2.d4 as white because I watched Eric Rosen and know how to destroy the Caro-Kann

  5. I would play the Caro but the advanced variation sucks. It's a horrible position to play lol

  6. How do you feel about c4 for white instead of d4 on the 2nd move (Accelerated Panov)?

  7. RC1!, both the queen and rook are pinned to the king. If they trade queens you RxR then PXQ, if RXR then QxQ, if the knight moves, it is a free knight.

  8. Tc1. If white goes QxQb6 then Txd1+, then I take the Queen by axQb6, so I win a tower and pin the knight. If white goes Txc1 then I grab the queen and fork the king and the tower.

  9. This is great if your opponent knows literally zero theory, hope you make a follow up video actually covering the main lines, or sidelines like the two knights attack or the fantasy

  10. Finally!!!! I really appreciate this, and now I patiently wait for in depth Stone Wall video

  11. One thing I have found is that putting that Queen Bishop on F-5 and then playing e-6 cuts it off from being able to support my queen knight on c6, which then promptly gets pinned. What can I do about that? I have been using my queen bishop to prevent the pin.

  12. Excelent content Igor!! as usual, very clear concepts, in this case to manage a very solid opening. I liked it, i will prove it, wish me luck

  13. 7:33 I think playing Bg4 here is a bit of a mistake because it gives white the chance to play dxc5 and have a better position. Trading pawns first and then playing Bg4 is more accurate.

  14. I just ordered your course, elo 2000. After just a few reviews in the lessons. I am thinking different. Which is very refreshing. I did not win the first two games, time problem but I was confident to learn and looking at the game through new eyes. I just want to thank you. May Jesus bless you and your family for your gift. Amen

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