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Squeezing the Caro-Kann: Simple Chess

256 pages, paperback, Chess Stars, 1. edition 2022

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The authors recommend an economical and quite promising method for White to fight against the Caro-Kann Defence – the Exchange system (3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3). This minimalist approach against this classical opening deserves very serious attention today. This is confirmed incidentally by the fact that at present the popularity of the Exchange system (particularly after the year 2017) has increased considerably, and at quite different levels. Easiest way to explain authors' approach is to quote the description given in the previous books of this series:

1. White controls the centre, develops quickly and castles. He DOES NOT strive for a direct clash with the opponent after the first few moves in the opening.

2. White begins active operations only after the completion of our development; as a rule, these will take place in the centre and on the kingside.

3. Of course it is necessary to know the theory and to calculate the variations precisely, but in general White is striving to reach positions in which the basic strategical principles, the correct evaluation of the arising positions and the ability to choose the correct plan will be at least as important.

4. Finally, White is still fighting for an advantage in the opening. It may be just a small edge, but let’s see how things develop....

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Weight 340 g
Manufacturer Chess Stars
Width 14,5 cm
Height 21,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2022
Author Alexander KhalifmanSergei Soloviov
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-619-7188-35-6
Pages 256
Binding paperback

006 Preface

The Caro-Kann Exchange Variation

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3

Part 1. Setup without h3

014 1) Rare; 4...Nf6 5.c3

025 2) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Rare; 5...e6 6.Nf3

037 3) 4...Nc6 5.c3 g6 6.Nf3

061 4) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Na3

070 5) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Rare; A) 6...Qb6 7.Qb3; B) 6...e6 7.Nd2

084 6) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 w/o 7...Qc8 & 7...Qd7

102 7) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nd2

111 8) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Nd2

Part 2. Setup with Early Move h3

132 9) 4...Nf6 5.h3; 4...Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.h3

143 10) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.h3 e6 7.Nf3

157 11) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.h3 g6 7.Nf3

178 12) 4...Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.h3 e5 7.dxe5 Nxe5 8.Nf3

193 Complete Games

252 Index of Variations