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    How Do You Play the Caro-Kann?

    Hi. I am an intermediate player (well I consider 1400 to be intermediate) and I often play white too much and get slaughtered as black. So I decided to find a solid black opening, i.e. the Caro-Kann. Can someone explain the ideas behind this opening for me? Do you recommend this opening?

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    Hi In between move. I regret to say that a similar thread dies a nasty only a few months back:
    http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....highlight=caro

    This was also posted:
    http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....ight=caro-kann

    and this from 2003:
    http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....highlight=kann
    Last edited by Basil; 06-10-2006 at 01:49 AM.
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    How Do I play Caro-Kann

    How do I play Caro-Kann?
    Nicely

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    Starting Out

    I went from playing the Sicilian Dragon systems as black over to the Caro-Kann. Quite a difference in styles, but I am a Class A player coming out of retirement for 12 years OTB and needed something that was not so wild, is solid, and gets me to the middlegame intact: Caro-Kann.

    I actually play The Slav as well - very similar ideas in both openings - c5/e5 breaks, etc.

    I'd recommend the Starting Out: Caro-Kann book by Everyman Press. Gives you as good a working knowledge of the opening as you're going to need at 'intermediate' level. My first few games went not so well (I went +1=2-2 in my first tournament) but I fixed my opening problems and captured 2nd at my next tournemant U1900 section, undefeated, at +3=3-0.

    It's a solid opening, and you could do way worse. The underlying beauty of it is pawn structre: you usually come out of the opening with a solid structure.

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    If you want to understand this opening well have a look at the games by: Karpov, Flor and Bareev.

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    If you want to learn how NOT to play Karo-Cann, have a look at
    Solomon-Baron and Canfell-Baron games . Black was completely lost in both games after 10 moves or so

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    If you want to learn how NOT to play Karo-Cann, have a look at
    Solomon-Baron and Canfell-Baron games . Black was completely lost in both games after 10 moves or so
    Does Black move their King's bishop pawn earlyish in the game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    Can someone explain the ideas behind this opening for me?
    c6 followed by d5

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeL
    c6 followed by d5
    I know the move order, what I meant is, what are the possible plans in the Caro-Kann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwichenzug
    I know the move order, what I meant is, what are the possible plans in the Caro-Kann.
    again, Let me refer to Karpov. He has published a very good "Play the Caro-Kann" book recently

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