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Zwischenzug
06-10-2006, 01:02 AM
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?

Basil
06-10-2006, 01:43 AM
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.php?t=4277&highlight=caro

This was also posted:
http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=3069&highlight=caro-kann

and this from 2003:
http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=114&highlight=kann

MichaelBaron
06-10-2006, 02:30 AM
How do I play Caro-Kann?
Nicely ;)

markag
18-10-2006, 01:20 AM
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.

MichaelBaron
18-10-2006, 09:52 AM
If you want to understand this opening well have a look at the games by: Karpov, Flor and Bareev.

MichaelBaron
18-10-2006, 09:59 AM
If you want to learn how NOT to play Karo-Cann, have a look at
Solomon-Baron and Canfell-Baron games :D . Black was completely lost in both games after 10 moves or so

antichrist
18-10-2006, 05:40 PM
If you want to learn how NOT to play Karo-Cann, have a look at
Solomon-Baron and Canfell-Baron games :D . Black was completely lost in both games after 10 moves or so

Does Black move their King's bishop pawn earlyish in the game?

Garrett
18-10-2006, 07:39 PM
Can someone explain the ideas behind this opening for me?

c6 followed by d5

Zwischenzug
18-10-2006, 08:07 PM
c6 followed by d5

I know the move order, what I meant is, what are the possible plans in the Caro-Kann.

MichaelBaron
19-10-2006, 01:43 AM
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