Some say that the Caro-Kann is dull and boring BUT…
They fail to understand the deep positional advantage hiding underneath.
The Caro-Kann is solid and “quiet” and is the favorite choice of many positional chess masters.
Which is why…
- … Magnus played this opening against a technical monster, Anand in 2013, or by Karpov against the tactical beast, Kasparov in 1987.
- … it has been a favorite opening of World Champions throughout history, such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian, and Karpov.
- … it has been preferred by even modern Super-GMs like Anand, Adams, and Leko at top-level games.
The truth is, the Caro-Kann Defense is one of the “toughest nuts to crack” defenses for Black against White’s 1.e4.
Most 1.e4 players are looking for some fast action over the board but that’s where the Caro-Kann wins.
Not only is it leak-proof but it also packs a punch if White is not extra careful.
Want to avoid the drawbacks of the Scandinavian and the French? Open with 1…c6 not to let your Queen being harassed around or your light-squared bishop stuck within the d5-e6-f7 pawn chain.
If you are looking for an opening that offers an impenetrable wall for White to break through, this is the one for you.
And who best to learn from than 6 resident Caro-Kann specialists from Modern Chess who put together a 9-hour HD coaching session over the course of a weekend.
Each of the grandmasters tackled his area of expertise… tactical attacks, positional strategy, pawn structures, and endgames.
As icing on the cake, GM Eljanov, who was Carlsen’s Caro-Kann advisor during the 2013 World Championship match, talks about the modern theoretical trends and how to apply them in a real game.
This video compilation is based on the workshop—every session recorded and edited (with test positions, theory, and model games)—for you to watch it at your convenience.
The only question that remains is…
Is this course for you?
Frankly, if there is a chance you might end up playing Black in your next game…
…and that you would like to secure the full point, Caro-Kann should be a part of your opening repertoire. Period.
Are you a budding positional aficionado? Do try this opening if you haven’t already.
With all the complex piece play, the strategic combat, and unnerving mind games, this can turn out to be rather fun.
Last but not least, as one of the most stable defenses to White’s King’s Pawn opening, Caro-Kann is played by grandmasters and international masters at the highest level.
So why should you not play it too, right?
Here’s what you will learn
- The queen’s knight in the Tartakower Variation. There is always a conundrum on where to play that knight – c6 or a6. GM Cheparinov shows why Nc6 can be an issue and why Na6 is the right move. (Not to mention, this little mistake could easily cost you the game!)
- The sheer complexity of Caro-Kann endgames. GM Grigorov goes through the typical pawn structures in the Caro-Kann Defenses – the doubled pawns, White’s overstretched e-pawn, opposite side pawn majorities, and so on – and how best to neutralize your opponent’s plans and squeeze wins out of seemingly drawish positions.
- Exploiting the White color complex. If you ain’t going White, you ain’t going right. This course will teach you how to deploy the light-squared bishop on f5, and b7-c6-d5 pawn chain to develop the right piece development strategy and dominate those light squares. Karpov had this down to a science, and you can too.
- White’s toxic g-pawn busted for good. White may sacrifice that g-pawn and may want to threaten a checkmate. Good news – GM Grigorov shows you how to thwart it right off the bat without letting it get risky at all. With the right move order and defending the key squares, White will end up being “all bark and no bite”. Oops!