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PositionalBomber's Caro-Kann tutorial
Compiled by PositionalBomber

Caro-Kann is a solid defense, suiting well a good defender/counterattacker, positional and endgame player. It was invented by Horatio Caro and Marcus Kann in the Romantic era. As the chess developed,the popularity of logical play and educational value of CK appealed to many players, including World Champions.

<Black gets easy development of the pieces, clear plans with a solid pawn structure, and safe but active play. The fundamental aim of the opening is to achieve full development of the pieces and then begin active play to challenge White's space advantage. > Houska

< Black player is creating harmonious positions that were full of life, where behind the apparent absence of superficial dynamism was concealed a colossal internal energy (the slightest changes being taken into account in the general strategy.> Kasparov about Petrosian and CK

The secret of playing the Caro Kann well is knowing when it is appropriate to loosen your influence over one of the center squares in order to increase your control of another, more important square. McDonald

Principles: center, control of open lines, piece activity, pawn structure, strong/weak squares.

Simple tactics and ideas: Queen-side attack, Minority attack, favorable endgame and counterattack, punishing a premature attack.

This is a collection with the premier games to grasp the main ideas of CK. Many others can be found in best games of (Karpov, Petrosian, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Kasparov, Nimzovisch, Tal, Flohr, Miles, Speelman, Bronstein and Seirawan*, Larsen*, Bareev*, Korchnoi*, Tartakower*,Dreev*, Bologan*, Adams*, Anand* ).

Systems to know: Two Knights, Panov, Advance, Classical, Exchange. It is nice to be familiar with some early offshoots too.


good endgame
Timman vs Karpov, 1988 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Managing without center pawn
Anand vs Karpov, 1993 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 68 moves, 0-1

IQP demolition
H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

E pawn fixes previous mistakes
Spassky vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 68 moves, 0-1

Defense and good pawn structure
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

Minority storm
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2005 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

White overreach
Nunn vs Seirawan, 1992 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

IQP endgame
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1934 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 56 moves, 0-1

Endgame vision
A Khodzhaev vs Flohr, 1951
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 80 moves, 0-1

Queen side attack with favorale ending
Huebner vs Larsen, 1980
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 81 moves, 0-1

Destroying Von Henning Gambit
Short vs Bareev, 2000 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 60 moves, 0-1

Dealing with Two Knights
Short vs Karpov, 1993 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 50 moves, 0-1

Calm exchange
Milner-Barry vs Flohr, 1935
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

Minority attack
F Kuijpers vs Simagin, 1963 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 40 moves, 0-1

Precise classical with favorable endgame
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 62 moves, 0-1

Premature Hyperactivity
Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1931  
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

Crushing Panov
A Ambartsoumian vs Kasparov, 1978 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 26 moves, 0-1

Ailing d3
Azmaiparashvili vs Karpov, 2002 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 64 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 45 moves, 0-1

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