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Re: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
Reply #8 - 04/07/20 at 22:58:49
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HAJS wrote on 04/07/20 at 02:24:01:
I took up the Caro-Kann with Vidit's DVD but never felt entirely comfortable playing against the Advance. I do not know if it is because I don't like to play with a space disadvantage or because White has such a wide array of ways to play.

I would not mind some further instruction on the Advance. Any good books or DVD's that you can recommend with 4..Bf5?


Dreev's 'Attacking the Caro-Kann': A White Repertoire, even though it's supposedly written from White's point of view, it's still a good source of ideas and guidance for Black players facing the advance variation. It should also be noted that the Caro seems to be Dreev's main defence to 1.e4 these days, so clearly he is not overly concerned about the recommendations in his book or the Advance Variation in general. Smiley

https://www.newinchess.com/attacking-the-caro-kann
  

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Re: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
Reply #7 - 04/07/20 at 06:27:56
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HAJS wrote on 04/07/20 at 02:24:01:
I took up the Caro-Kann with Vidit's DVD but never felt entirely comfortable playing against the Advance. I do not know if it is because I don't like to play with a space disadvantage or because White has such a wide array of ways to play.

I would not mind some further instruction on the Advance. Any good books or DVD's that you can recommend with 4..Bf5?


Two recent books cover 3...Bf5, namely Bologan's Caro-Kann (New in Chess, 2018) and The Modernized Caro-Kann by Daniel Fernandez (Thinkers Publishing, 2018). They are very different. If the Advance Caro with 3...Bf5 was an academic course, Bologan would undoubtedly be the 'set text'; it covers all reasonable possibilities for White and provides a playable recommendation against each. Fernandez concentrates on the main lines, and gives a choice of responses to the Short system, namely 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 and now either 5...Ne7 or 5...c5. Incidentally, this is characteristic of Fernandez's book as a whole - he does not aim at encyclopedic coverage where he thinks the existing literature is adequate, but provides a lot of novel analysis and observations you won't find anywhere else.

A small detail: in the Short system after 5.Be2 Ne7 6.OO c5 7.c4 Nbc6 8.dxc5, Bologan covers 8...dxc4 and Fernandez covers 8...d4; neither comments on the other's alternative.

In any case this is a popular and relatively fast-moving line, so it is necessary to keep up to date with new games. (When we get back to having new games....) As everyone knows the Caro coverage here on ChessPub is currently co-provided by the selfsame Daniel Fernandez.
  
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Re: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
Reply #6 - 04/07/20 at 02:24:01
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I took up the Caro-Kann with Vidit's DVD but never felt entirely comfortable playing against the Advance. I do not know if it is because I don't like to play with a space disadvantage or because White has such a wide array of ways to play.

I would not mind some further instruction on the Advance. Any good books or DVD's that you can recommend with 4..Bf5?
  
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Reply #5 - 04/07/20 at 01:17:23
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That is quite extraordinary - things change quickly after being away from chess for a short period. I had a quick look fxg3 and indeed it looks very tough for Black!
  
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Reply #4 - 04/06/20 at 14:18:53
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HAJS wrote on 04/06/20 at 00:49:02:
Thank you TopNotch, then I should check out those variations. Do you happen to know how his two knights defense have been disputed, i.e. which games or resources have challenged his recommendations. I had a quick look at recent games since 2019 but it was not obvious to me what has changed.


What mn said was spot on.
  

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Re: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
Reply #3 - 04/06/20 at 01:22:37
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There's a new idea in the 3...Nf6 main line with fxg3 in a position where everybody used to play hxg3 which at the moment is supposed to just be good for White.
  
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Thank you TopNotch, then I should check out those variations. Do you happen to know how his two knights defense have been disputed, i.e. which games or resources have challenged his recommendations. I had a quick look at recent games since 2019 but it was not obvious to me what has changed.
  
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Re: The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
Reply #1 - 04/05/20 at 23:41:10
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His recommendation against the Two Knight's Variation is under a cloud now. I haven't checked but his advance variation coverage is probably dated by now too, considering how fast theory develops in those lines.
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The Fashionable Caro-Kann - still fashionable?
04/05/20 at 18:50:03
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Since it was released I have the DVD "The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 and 2" by Vidit Gujrathi and have played the recommended lines with some success in a few games until I switched to another defense for a while.

I am curious which lines of his have been tested and shown to be good for White?
  
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