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|Jun-11-08|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: <ganstaman>, I have no doubt that Morphy and Anderssen would have played 15.Nxg5 themselves. Wherever they are, I'm sure they approve.|
Black's third, fourth and fifth moves were horrible. If you're going to play 3...dxe4 (3...e6 is so much better), you must follow with 4.fxe4,e5. In fact, I'm curious: why do you not like 3...dxe4; 4.Be3,exf3; 5.Nxf3?
|Jun-11-08|| ||ganstaman: <An Englishman: Good Evening: <ganstaman>, I have no doubt that Morphy and Anderssen would have played 15.Nxg5 themselves. Wherever they are, I'm sure they approve.>|
My computer, reaching 9 ply in under 5 seconds (before I get bored of waiting for more ply, if they're ever going to come) gives it as the best move at +1.79: 15. Nxg5 h5 16. Ne4 Rh6 17. Bxf8 Kxf8 18. Ncd6 Nxd6 19. exd6 Kg7 20. Qd3 f5 (I haven't looked this through, don't know how good it really is). I just like when it approves of sacrifices, because otherwise I feel like I got lucky to win. Plus, for me, it's setting up such positions that is difficult. Once they are there, finding the best moves is easy. I think it was Fischer who once said "Tactics flow from a superior position."
<Black's third, fourth and fifth moves were horrible. If you're going to play 3...dxe4 (3...e6 is so much better), you must follow with 4.fxe4,e5.>
I agree. Those moves definitely handed me a real advantage that I could work with. In addition, from moves 6-8 I was able to develop my LSB to a good, aggressive diagonal while black only opened up his queenside. All these opening mistakes add up.
<In fact, I'm curious: why do you not like 3...dxe4; 4.Be3,exf3; 5.Nxf3?>
What, and gambit a whole pawn?! :)
Actually, I don't play against the Caro very much (really, who does?) so I only got to play the 3. f3 variation once so far (it's an ongoing game at gameknot as part of our cg.com New Year's tourny). I faced 3...e6, so I wasn't as familiar with the 3...dxe4 lines. It wasn't until after I played 4. fxe4 that I noticed that 4...e4 would be annoying and likely equalizing.
For what it's worth, Zvjaginsev's 4. Be2 (V Zvjaginsev vs A Belozerov, 2006) may be pretty good, too. Then again, 1 game with an obvious blunder doesn't really say much. Well, I can't find games with 4. Be3, so I just don't know what to do!
|Jun-11-08|| ||Alphastar: yeah 3. ..dxe4 4. fxe4 e5 is pretty standard. After 5. Nf3, Be6 equalizes, Bg4 probably does so too.|
3. ..g6 and 3. ..e5 also seem to guarantee black a full share of the chances.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that 3. ..e6 equalizes, because there is a chance that play transposes to a classical french (steinitz variation maybe). However the caro-kann player might not feel at home because he locks his c8-bishop in for the moment.
|Jul-10-08|| ||offtherook: Any tips on facing the Caro-Kann as white? I'm having a difficult time breaking through this defense.|
|Jul-11-08|| ||pawn to QB4: My suggestion to any player is to find opening variations that tend to lead to the sort of positions you like. Personally, I'm a cheap tactician and don't care for closed positions, carefully constructed defensive formations and the winner is the player with the deeper understanding of chess. So I find most main line Caro Kann systems end in my superficial attacks getting nowhere and Black strikes back down the c & d files after 25 moves or so. If your difficulties are along these lines, success for me comes through a) the Panov Attack or b) the King's Indian Reversed (if it's good enough for a master of attack like Leonid Stein it'll do for me). These have tended to give me blow-for-blow middlegames where my abilities as a cheap tactician come to the fore. Plus, my opponent may well be playing the Caro Kann because s/he is a positional player relying on experience and deep understanding of chess, in which case the tactical positions we get into may not be to his/her liking. First step, then, is to decide what sort of player you are. Here, as Tony Kosten once noted, it's a good idea to ask your friends. Their answer might surprise you.|
|Jul-11-08|| ||whiskeyrebel: Almost everybody I play the Caro Kann against in OTB classic games feels compelled to attack even when the position doesn't justify it. It's like walking through the bad part of town with a $100 bill taped to your forehead while flipping people off. I've tried to use this knowledge to my advantage and it has served me well.|
|Jul-11-08|| ||offtherook: <pawn to Qb4> I've tried the Panov attack and it's not quite the type of tactical melee I had expected- of course, I often play King's Gambit, so I take "cheap tactician" a bit far sometimes. I've always played either Panov or accelerated Panov, but I keep facing the CK and not getting anywhere against it. I'm not necessarily looking even for an advantage, but just at least a complex,dynamic position with chances for both sides would be good. I'm trying out the Advance variation, and that looks somewhat interesting (especially the van der wiel attack).|
|Jul-11-08|| ||Alphastar: <offtherook> if you're looking for a complex, dynamic position then the advance variation is definitely what you should be looking at. van der Wiel attack is extremely complex indeed but also lots of theory and not very hard to sidestep.|
Myself, I'd play 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4!? h5 (4. ..h6 5. g4 Bh7? 6. e6!) 5. c4.
A very aggressive approach and most 'normal' caro-kann players don't know how to deal with it.
|Sep-14-08|| ||blacksburg: <It's like walking through the bad part of town with a $100 bill taped to your forehead while flipping people off.>|
and that works out to your advantage? really?
note to self - avoid donnybrook with whiskeyrebel.
|Mar-06-09|| ||timhortons: The debruyker variation of these is these is not used very well by top masters.|
id been using debruyker as black at playchess.com bullet, i played thousand of games on it, against a fellow 1400 i had 50% score on it.Everytime i handle a black piece i used it over and over again.
|Mar-06-09|| ||chessman95: <Alphastar> I've been trying the 4.h4!? line out in my CK games recently. It seems that you're right about 'normal' CK players not knowing how to play this line, because I've gotten three players so far to fall into the trap e6??, which loses the bishop after g4, h5, and f3. Even when my opponents have played the "correct" h5, I've gotten good aggresive play on the kingside which fits my style of attack perfectly. I like this line much more than normal moves like Nf3, which are just too boring and slow for me.|
|Mar-06-09|| ||ozmikey: The Fantasy Variation is a bit underestimated, IMHO. The point is that in the 3...fxe4 4. fxe4 e5 line, Black is doing OK but there are a fair few traps to be avoided (not to mention the fact that Black has allowed White a nice half-open f-file for a future attack), while the 3...e6 line will probably transpose to a French, which Black probably doesn't want if he's playing the Caro.|
|Mar-06-09|| ||chessman95: <ozmikey> I don't think that line is very good for white. After 3...cxe4 4.fxe4 e5, white's best move to keep the advantage is 5.Nf3, but then black can force the exchange of queens with 5...exd4!. If 6.Qxd4 then 6...Qxd4, and if 6.Nxd4? then 6...Qh4+ 7.g3 Qxe4+ 8.Qe2 and 8...Qxe2 and black has the advantage. Even after the correct 6.Qxd4 white will have trouble gaining any good advantage without a queen, and the most likely result will be a draw.|
|Mar-06-09|| ||blacksburg: <chessman95> 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Bc4! is a main idea of the fantasy variation.|
|Mar-06-09|| ||chessman95: I don't see a lot of compensation for the pawn in that line. Look's to me like white has gained absolutely nothing for the gambit.|
|Mar-07-09|| ||blacksburg: Opening Explorer|
in the database, white wins 63% of his games after 6.Bc4. sounds like compensation to me.
|Mar-07-09|| ||chessman95: Hmm...maybe you're right. That's only out of 27 games though. Could you find any larger samples of that line?|
|Mar-07-09|| ||blacksburg: no, it's not a very common line. as far as i know, 6.Bc4 is considered to <practically> refute the whole line with 3...dxe4, 4...e5, 5...exd4. that's why 3...e6 is so much more popular. or at least this was the case when i used to play the caro-kann.|
|Sep-25-09|| ||whiskeyrebel: I just read a New In Chess article from a few years ago about the following line against the fantasy variation: 1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 g6
Anybody out there play it against players in the 1800-2200 range? If white plays 4. Nc3 and then 5. Be3 I will be responding with the aggressive 4....Bg7 5. ......Qb6 line.|
|Apr-23-12|| ||ozziecobblepot: Is this seriously the ECO code which includes the Advance variation??|
|Apr-23-12|| ||WannaBe: <whiskeyrebel> would be the one to answer, but he's been AWOL for a while.|
Does <suenteus po 147> play C-C opening? Can't keep track of things anymore, getting old...
|Apr-23-12|| ||WannaBe: Why did I think that Kann is spelled with a 'C'?? I must be getting old...|
|Jul-29-12|| ||e4 resigns: http://www.chess.com/forum/view/che...|
Anyone tried this variation?
It appears to be invented after World Champs played it!
"The Yereslov Variation" as 3...c5 is given "!!!" by Yereslov, the inventor himself.
|Mar-26-13|| ||perfidious: The final post in the thread cited by <e4 resigns> says it all.|
|Sep-05-17|| ||Arconax: <e4 resigns: The Yereslov Variation" as 3...c5 is given "!!!" by Yereslov, the inventor himself.>|
Are you sure it wasn't Veresov?
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