Simon Says — A topical line in the Caro-Kann

by Simon Williams
5/20/2019 – In this Simon Says we look at pros and cons of this variation in the Caro-Kann: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.♘c3 (or ♘d2) dxe4 4.♘xe4 ♞f6 5.♘xf6 exf6! Watch live for free starting at the usual time: 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EDT).

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The following is a simple line to play for Black with 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.c3 (or d2) dxe4 4.xe4 f6 5.xf6 exf6!? was recently shown to me by GM David Howell. It is a very simple, easy to learn and fun way to play with Black. In this Simon Says we take a deeper look at the idea and see if it is worth playing.

To get started, in the following position, Black has damaged his pawn structure but also made his king safer for when he castles kingside.

 

What do you think about this position?


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Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black's pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White's position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.

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macauley macauley 5/21/2019 02:13
Elliott Winslow Elliott Winslow 5/21/2019 09:29
It's Kann. Two n's. As in the Austrian Marcus Kann (1820-1886), not as in Ilya Abramovic Kan (1909-1978).
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