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First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence

240 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2018

From the series »First Steps«

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The Caro-Kann Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c6. With this first move Black (as is also the case with the French Defence - 1 e4 e6) plans 2 ... d5, establishing a well-protected central pawn. The Caro-Kann has a reputation as a rock solid defence that minimises the risk of Black being subjected to undue early pressure. Rather than inviting the opponent to engage in immediate warfare, Black focuses on completing development comfortably and postponng the serious battle until the middlegame. It is notable that the White systems which try to batter the Caro-Kann into early submission are highly double-edged and often rebound badly.

First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes:

  • the basic principles

  • the basic strategies

  • the key tricks and traps

First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.

More Information
Weight 430 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2018
Author Andrew Martin
Series First Steps
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1781944165
Pages 240
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

005 Introduction

006 1 Strategic Ideas

032 2 The First Main Line: 3.Nc3/3.Nd2

109 3 The Advance Variation

137 4 The Panov-Botvinnik Attack

156 5 2.c4

172 6 The Exchange Variation

189 7 The Two Knights Variation

203 8 The King's Indian Attack

218 9 Odds and Ends

236 Index of Variations

239 Index of Complete Games