Vidit Gujrathi: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - An in-depth review

6/13/2017 – Wei Ming Kevin Goh is an International Master from Singapore who works full-time but still has the ambition to become a Grandmaster. He definitely has the enthusiasm it takes. On his chess.com blog he recently reviewed Vidit Gujrathi's DVDs on the Caro-Kann - with passion, an independent analytical mind, and a good eye for details. After some criticism he concludes that "this DVD is a must for anyone rated above 1800 who wishes to study the Caro-Kann from both sides" and "you will not regret buying" it.

The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 and 2 The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 and 2

The Caro Kann is a very tricky opening. Black’s play is based on controlling and fighting for key light squares. It is a line which was very fashionable in late 90s and early 2000s due to the successes of greats like Karpov, Anand, Dreev etc. Recently due to strong engines lot of key developments have been made and some new lines have been introduced, while others have been refuted altogether. I have analyzed the new trends carefully and found some new ideas for Black.

The dynamic play based on a strong strategic foundation has always fascinated me, and in these DVDs I have suggested the lines which I personally prefer and employ in practice.

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Review - The Fashionable Caro-Kann - Volume 2 by GM G. Vidit, Chessbase 2016

By IM Wei Ming Kevin Goh

I have to admit that I was a little surprised when I saw that the young and very strong Indian Grandmaster, Gujrathi Vidit filming a set of opening DVDs for Chessbase. After all, he is still an active competitive player and I was more used to names like Bologan, Tiviakov or Muller etc, who are of course very strong players still but are no longer spring chickens in the chess world. Vidit is also not particularly well known in the publication world and hence like many others, I was intrigued and wanted to see what he can add to the, already vast material on the Caro-Kann. ...

Vidit Gujrathi

Vidit started the DVD by giving a short introduction about himself, such as the fact that he was 2688(!!) at the time of filming, and that he had played approximately 50 games in the Caro-Kann so he has reasonable experience of the opening. He explained that the Caro-Kann is a complex and strategical opening and studying the opening will invariably help the audience in improving general middlegame understanding. ...

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