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GM Davorin Kuljasevic - The Importance of Modern Middlegame Tabiyas - Video 4

Opening: B15: Caro–Kann Defence

Player(s): Vujakovic, Predojevic, Haldorsen, Artemiev, Mekhitarian, Hansch, Huschenbeth, Xiong, Ivic, Bluebaum

Caro-Kann is known to be one of the most solid defenses against 1.e4. Traditionally, Black has played it with the intention to bring out the light-squared bishop and get a favorable version on the French defense. However, in one of the major variations of this opening, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4, a new strategic direction has been heavily explored in the recent years: 4...Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6!? 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Qc2 Re8+ 9.Ne2 h5!? On the surface, Black's opening play seems anti-positional. He has voluntarily doubled his pawns away from the center and also pushed one of the pawns in front of his king two squares forward. However, there is more than meets the eye in this variation. In modern times, it has scored excellently (around 50%) for Black. Our goal in this chapter of the Modern Middlegame Tabiyas is to try to understand how such a counter-intuitive idea can work so well in practice. Download HERE the PGN file with the games.

Teacher's library (37) B15 Vujakovic Predojevic Haldorsen Artemiev Mekhitarian Hansch Huschenbeth Xiong Ivic Bluebaum midgame

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