The Caro-Kann – Chess Openings with GM Damian Lemos

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The Caro-Kann Defense is a popular chess opening for Black and enjoys the reputation of being one of the most solid responses to 1.e4.

It has also been a favorite opening of World Champions throughout history such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov, and has seen steady growth in popularity in recent years, played by modern Super-GMs such as Anand, Adams, and Leko.

The opening has been a guest at several World Chess Championship Matches throughout history, including, for instance, the match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in 1987, the match between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko in 2004, and the match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen in 2013.

The Caro-Kann belongs to the group of semi-open chess openings for Black and occurs after the moves 1.e4 c6.

The opening was named in honor of two strong players from Germany, Horatio Caro and Marcus Kann, who contributed many ideas to the development of this opening at the end of the 19th century.

Playing the Caro-Kann Defense can be a vital alternative for all Black players who are tired of repeatedly entering the highly theoretical terrain of all the absolute main lines after 1.e4 such as the Ruy Lopez or several sublines of the Sicilian Defense.

The Caro-Kann often allows the Black player to take the opponent out of his comfort zone by playing a move which is not as frequently played as 1…e5, 1…c5 or 1…e6.

In the past, the Caro-Kann had a reputation of being too drawish an opening which was not suitable for many club players. Therefore, many Black players didn’t like it. However, that’s only half the story. Thanks to the asymmetrical pawn structure that arises from several variations, the Caro-Kann Defense is also an opening to play for a win – especially if you like squeezing your opponents in the endgame.

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  1. Can I play the Caro kann against d4 and c4 ?

  2. Please also make a video on modern defence

  3. RageAgainstTheMachine RageAgainstTheMachine says:


  4. What is the chess program you use please??! 🤔🙄

  5. Are you still selling Michael Krasenkows take on closed Sicilian?

  6. Having played the Nf6 variation a fair bit I can tell you that the 4 on 3 in the queenside can be a pain. People tend to trade down and then the endgames is usually tough.

  7. If you open the g file after castling kingside at the end you would probably win the exchange after either Rhg1 or Rdg1 because you can play f5 hitting the knight and after it moves you can play Nxf2 forking queen and rook

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