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

Number of games in database: 1639
Years covered: 1925 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 41.2%
   Black wins 25.0%
   Draws 33.8%

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Simon Kim Williams  13 games
Colin A McNab  12 games
Mikhail Gurevich  12 games
Alexey Dreev  24 games
Antoaneta Stefanova  12 games
Jan Smeets  10 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
K Spraggett vs B Kogan, 1984
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 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,639  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carls vs Tarrasch  1-0631925Baden-BadenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
2. E Sapira vs J Gemzoe 0-161928The Hague OlympiadA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. F Kunert vs H G Schenk  1-0401933EbenseeA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
4. Vladimir Petrov vs Spielmann  ½-½481934Match Petrov - SpielmannA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
5. Ernests Gize vs M Brakmanis  1-0341936Riga ch- Prelim 2A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
6. K Ozols vs T Bergs  ½-½461937KemeriA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
7. K Ozols vs Koblents  1-0251941Latvian SSR ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. Tartakower vs W Fairhurst  1-0461946London AA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
9. L Schmitt vs F Nuernberg  0-1451946Augsburg 1stA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
10. K Ozols vs A Krumins  ½-½431946Augsburg 1stA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. J Traian Iliesco vs J Pizzi  0-1381947Mar del PlataA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
12. E R Lundin vs E Canal  1-0251948Bad GasteinA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. G Barcza vs E Gereben  ½-½651948BudapestA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. Tartakower vs E Canal 1-0271950Dubrovnik olmA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. W Jaeger vs A Vinken 0-1511951FRG-NEDA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
16. Bisguier vs Cortlever  ½-½411952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. Filip vs P Trifunovic  ½-½181955ZagrebA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
18. T Gniot vs Z Boleslawski  1-0281956KrynicaA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. Koblents vs B Voronkov  1-0411956URS-ch sfA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
20. R Cantero vs M De Freitas  1-0441957Sao PauloA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
21. E S Stoliar vs V Mikenas  ½-½721957USSR ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
22. M Pakdaman vs A Russell  ½-½32195813th olm final CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
23. P Panagopoulos vs P Oliveira  ½-½58195813th olm final CA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. Korchnoi vs Smyslov  ½-½391960MoscowA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
25. Taimanov vs I Nei  ½-½391960Baltic NationsA11 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.
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  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,?
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  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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