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English, Caro-Kann Defensive System (A11)
1 c4 c6

Number of games in database: 1288
Years covered: 1925 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 40.9%
   Black wins 25.5%
   Draws 33.5%

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Simon Kim Williams  13 games
Mikhail Gurevich  12 games
Colin A McNab  12 games
Alexey Dreev  24 games
Antoaneta Stefanova  11 games
Olga Girya  9 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013
Polugaevsky vs Mecking, 1971
Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1987
K Lie vs Carlsen, 2009
P Schlosser vs Van Wely, 2012
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 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,288  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carls vs Tarrasch  1-063 1925 Baden-BadenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
2. E Sapira vs J Gemzoe 0-16 1928 OlympiadA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. F Kunert vs H G Schenk  1-040 1933 EbenseeA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
4. K Ozols vs T Bergs  ½-½46 1937 KemeriA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
5. K Ozols vs A Krumins  ½-½43 1946 Augsburg GERA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
6. L Schmitt vs F Nuernberg  0-145 1946 Augsburg 1stA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
7. Tartakower vs W Fairhurst  1-046 1946 London AA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. J Traian Iliesco vs J Pizzi  0-138 1947 Mar del Plata ARGA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
9. G Barcza vs E Gereben  ½-½65 1948 BudapestA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
10. Tartakower vs E Canal 1-027 1950 Dubrovnik olmA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. W Jaeger vs A Vinken 0-151 1951 FRG-NED mA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
12. Bisguier vs Cortlever  ½-½41 1952 Helsinki olA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. Filip vs P Trifunovic  ½-½18 1955 ZagrebA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. T Gniot vs Z Boleslawski  1-028 1956 KrynicaA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. Koblents vs B Voronkov  1-041 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
16. R Cantero vs M De Freitas  1-044 1957 Sao PauloA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. E S Stoliar vs V Mikenas  ½-½72 1957 USSR ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
18. M Pakdaman vs A Russell  ½-½32 1958 13th olm final CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. P Panagopoulos vs P Oliveira  ½-½58 1958 13th olm final CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
20. J Kozma vs S Kupka  1-036 1960 CSR-chA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
21. Korchnoi vs Smyslov  ½-½39 1960 MoscowA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
22. Taimanov vs I Nei  ½-½39 1960 Baltic NationsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
23. A Nielsen vs E Jensen  1-075 1960 Ch Denmark, Aalborg (Denmark)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. Petrosian vs Lutikov  1-026 1961 MoscowA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
25. F Olafsson vs Teschner  1-040 1962 Stockholm InterzonalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-25-02  ksadler: Its good that gives the people what they want (since the discussion in the Kibitzer's Cafe has been around 1. c4 c6 and the like). My suggestion 2. Nc3 d5 and go from there will a good game for Black.
Feb-13-04  marcus13: This ia a stange variation. What happens if whit play 2.e4.
Mar-24-04  Kenkaku: <marcus13> 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. cxd5 (or d4 transposing into a Panov-Botvinnik Attack) Nf6 is standard.
Nov-05-04  joeyam30: 1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5 ...transpose 2 Queen's Gambit, Slav Defence,,,
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This might sound peculiar coming from a Caro-Kann fan, but as White vs. 1...c6, I always transposed into the Panov-Botvinnik, the only opening I enjoyed playing from either side.
Apr-04-05  WorldChampeen: Even the pgns for two of the illustrative games, Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 and V Castaldi vs Reshevsky, 1950 call these A07s, Kings Indian Attacks, NOT A11s.
May-16-06  Mating Net: As a staunch 1.c4 player, I really like White's game when Black replies 1...c6. Typically Black is aiming for a Slav Defense to the QGD which is solid enough if Black plays 2.d4.

However, Black opens himself up to the Panov Botvinnik attack, where I feel White has a solid, albeit small, advantage right out of the starting blocks. The IQP position gives White dynamic chances and, in my mind, cosses up Black's opening plans.

May-16-06  Silman: <Mating Net> I have just switched within the last week to the English Opening after years of playing 1.d4, 2.c4, followed by more years of playing Quens Pawn systems. So comments like your last post I find very useful. I look forward to finding simillar comments from A10 through to A39!! I also notice we both play the Dutch & just wondered what you played against 1.e4,?
May-16-06  Mating Net: <Silman> Glad to hear you found my comment useful! I don't know if I have anything constructive to offer on A10-A39, but you'll hear from me if I do.

I like to play Alekhine's Defense, 1...Nf6 & the 3...d6 Scandinavian vs. 1.e4. I have game collections for all listed in my profile.

Any particular reason you switched to 1.c4 after so many years with 1.d4? I'm curious because the 1.d4 players I know are pretty fanatical in their devotion to their opening system and always snicker a bit when I play the English.

<Silman> If you choose to respond, please do so in my forum as we are touching on several non English topics.

Sep-14-11  BOGGLED: I recently noticed while preparing for a tournament game that my next opponent played c6 against everything (!) I am a regular e4 player, but DO NOT SEE THE CARO KANN VERY OFTEN.

My thoughts went like this: If you play c6 against 1.e4, 1.d4, and 1.c4 - you will be seeing a LOT of Panov Attacks (which is what I play)! I immediately started searching for a way to avoid this and came up with 1.c4,c6 2.g3,d5 3.Bg2 and following up with Nf3 leaving c4 as a pawn sacrifice, if black should decide to accept. Wondering if anyone has an opinion on this? I won the game but, it wasn't due to the opening (my intention in the first place). The conclusion that I have to make is that c6 universal is a good way to book up on a lot of transpositions!

Sep-14-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Boggled>

the pawn sac is well known and, in fact, is part of the repertoire advocated by GM Mihail Marin in his recent 3 volume work on the English Opening (published by <Quality Chess>). A good place to start looking!

Sep-14-11  HSOL: Boggled: It quite likely transposes to the Catalan if you play d4 sooner or later in the opening.
Sep-14-11  BOGGLED: <SimonWebbsTiger> and <HSOL> - Thanks for the responses! Maybe I'll figure out which Marin book deals with the pawn sac lines (a three vol. set sounds daunting). I think in the game I did end up transposing to some kind of Catalan, oh well just really trying not to bite off more than I can chew and avoid the main-lines as much as possible. With tournament games often recorded on club websites, I prefer being a moving target.
Sep-14-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Boggled>

Marin looks at the pawn sac in his 2nd volume (nr.4 in the Grandmaster Repertoire series by Quality Chess).

1...c6 is a decent response, btw, if you like: the Caro-Kann, Slav QGDs and the Lasker/Capablanca system versus the English or Reti!

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