28 ( +1 | -1 ) Caro-KannWell I was just wondering what people think of the caro-kann. Although i am young i have played both sides of it many times. If anybody has any thoughts or advice about it then please post a reply to this message.
80 ( +1 | -1 ) I have played the Caro over many years with some success i have played it a lot on this site, it is a good solid answer to e4 but gives black chances to do better than equalise, white gets a lot of early freedom but if they do not take advantage of it before black finishes their developement they can find themselves in trouble.
It is gaining favour again at the highest levels so it will become better analysed & used by people at our level in my view it is a good defence without being to conservative. I expect there will shortly be some new written material produced.
Overall i have a big plus score with the Caro against some very strong players my advice learn it and use it you could do a whole lot worse.
54 ( +1 | -1 ) At my level, I also find it difficult to defend with, even though it is considered to be a solid defence. I'm actually participating in a thematic Caro-Kann mini here at GK at the moment, and my record isn't very impressive. My advice to you would be:
i) Try out different defences as Black, and find one you are comfortable with. Also, keep track of your record with each defence. ii) Learn the reasoning behind the opening. iii) Play a few thematic minis here at GK. Practising the different openings will help improve your game.
23 ( +1 | -1 ) Caro KannHI guys thanks for the tips. BY the way incase you didn't realise i have played the caro-kann in about thirty games. Anyway i wondered if anybody knew anything about specific variations?
91 ( +1 | -1 ) my two cents....I only play it as White. I love when someone chooses this as a defence against my opne game. I always play the Classical variation and manage to secure a very good position with nice prospects in the endgame, especially against Black's weak kingside. Also, if you plan on trying to castle short in the Classical, don't. The results can be hazardous to your game. White will sacrifice the g4 pawn or, if Black refuses, smash on through with a kingside attack. The only good thing I can say about this defense is that it is more solid than almost every other option at Black's disposal, top being Petroff and Berlin defense. But solid means also passive, so you should choose what is more characteristic to your style of play. Instead of playing half-a-move (i.e. 1...c6) I prefer the whole nine yards (1...c5).