Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3

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Caro-Kann Defence:Classical Variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Caro-Kann Defence:Classical Variation[edit]

The vast majority of times, black plays the solid 3...dxe4, one of the most well-studied of the Caro-Kann lines. Black has alternatives to avoid the weight of theory, although 3...e6, blocking the bishop, and effectively forming a French, with one tempo less, seems a dubious line.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3

3 4 5 6
Classical Variation Nc3
dxe4
Nxe4
Bf5
Ng3
Bg6
h4
h6
=
...
g6
h3
Bg7
Nf3
Nf6
e5
Ne4
+=
...
b5
a3
dxe4
Nxe4
Nf6
Nxf6
exf6
+=
...
e6
Nf3
dxe4
Nxe4
Nd7
c4
Ngf6
...
Nf6
...
a6
Nf3
Bg4
Be2
Nf6
e5
Nfd7
+=

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References[edit]

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.