The Caro-Kann Defense

Learn to play the Caro-Kann Defense with the black pieces.

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9 Total lessons
3.2 Hours of video
0 Exercises
Beginner Level
PGN-Files Available

About the course

The Caro-Kann Defense has in recent years established itself as a very popular and trendy opening being employed by some of the best players in the world with great success. It’s a very principled opening, fighting for the center from the very beginning and it also leads to very different and rich positions across a lot of structures. This opening is a great choice for a player who is the “hybrid player”, a player who likes both positional chess as much as they like tactical and more dynamic chess because depending on the variation, we can get all types of positions, different structures, some more chaotic positions, some more solid positions. Therefore, the Caro-Kann is a very complete opening and a great choice for players of all levels, from Beginner to Master. In this course, you will not learn all of the lines that can be played in the Caro-Kann Defense, but you will learn the most important continuations and variations for black across the different options and variations that White can play. The variations that we going to be covering are the classical variation, the advanced variation, the exchange variation, the fantasy variation, the two Knights variation, the Breyer Variation and also the Panov Variations, both the accelerated Panov and the Panov-Botvinnik. Therefore, this course will cover (you) more or less against all the major weapons that White can throw you away. This course is intended for players of all levels, from the beginner up to the advanced player who is interested in learning the Caro-Kann opening from Black’s perspective.

Course structure

Lesson 1 Introduction to the Caro-Kann Defense
8:54
  • Introduction to the Caro-Kann Defense
    8:54
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 2 The Classical Variation
28:01
  • The Classical Variation
    28:01
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 3 The Breyer Variation
8:05
  • The Breyer Variation
    8:05
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 4 The Advance Variation
34:51
  • The Advance Variation
    34:51
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 5 The Exchange Variation
15:41
  • The Exchange Variation
    15:41
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 6 The Fantasy Variation
21:58
  • The Fantasy Variation
    21:58
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 7 The Two Knights Variation
25:42
  • The Two Knights Variation
    25:42
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 8 The Accelerated Panov
25:16
  • The Accelerated Panov
    25:16
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 9 The Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24:28
  • The Panov-Botvinnik Attack
    24:28
  • 0 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
  • IM Alex Astaneh

IM Alex Astaneh

Alex Astaneh is an Irish chess player and gained the International Master title in 2011. He is a three-time Irish Champion and joined the Irish Olympiad Team for three times. He has also many years of teaching experience and offers individual training or seminars for big chess clubs. Besides regular coaching, Alex is also active on social media and provides instructive and entertaining video streaming and publishes chess videos on his channels.

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What you’ll learn:

  • A complete repertoire for the black pieces.
  • Black’s most important strategies in the Caro-Kann.
  • The classical variation.
  • The advanced variation.
  • The Breyer variation.
  • The fantasy variation.
  • The two knights variation.
  • The Panov variations.

Target Audience

Beginner (ELO 1000-1200)

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