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chess position: caro-kann

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

chess position: caro-kann

i don't know what it is but i cant seem to maintain my position with caro-kann.

i have studied most the lines and it has been my main defense for 2 or three months now. but more so recently i can just not win.

i am a fair chess player and i am thinking that maybe that caro-kann just doesn't suit me. is this false or is it time to move on?

any suggestions?

Comments: 17    

1. blake78613 says: Friday, February 20, 2009
Two or three months is not much time to absorb an opening. It takes about a year. It is very possible that the Caro-Kann doesn't suit you. Black doesn't get a lot of counter-play in the Caro-Kann but builds a solid position and dares White to attack him, hoping to roll up White's center and win the endgame after White' attack is spent. It takes a certain type to play this way and most players are better off with an active defense.

2. RicardoMadeira says: Sunday, February 22, 2009
I'm affraid that has nothing to do with your fairness. Try to follow strictly your opponent's play and don't get stuck on your favourite opening. But, it's just my opinion.

3. CameronQ says: Monday, February 23, 2009
Just remember the basics. Keep the pawn structure really sound and castle on the King's side as early as you can. Personally, I am not sure I would spend so much time and energy on this opening which develops strongly but offers little in the way of strong advantage. It is very dry as a result and seems to demand so much energy in strict developmental structure without much excitement. You ask if maybe it doesn't suit and that is possible as it won't suit a lot of styles, especially those which are defined by some flair, originality (even within recognized openings) and joy! Even Ruy Lopez opens up to some exciting variations for black.

4. Bullenov says: Monday, February 23, 2009
I find the Caro-Kann very passive so I only play it against players when i play for a draw and I play the nimzovitch defence against weaker players

5. rus_bog says: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
How can U win in Caro-Cann if white do not get over the limit? Guarantied draw with rare possibility 2 lose.

6. rus_bog says: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
How do U wanna win if white do not get over the limit? Guarantied draw with rare possibility to lose.

7. Alekhine90 says: Friday, February 27, 2009
thanks for your comment blake.

8. crimson_devil12 says: Sunday, March 01, 2009
@blake whoa..! i was amazed by how you talk about the overall play when you choose carokann... uhm... i guess i havent figured out, even until now, the nature of the openings i play.. i just play it and only start thinking when its on the middle game... i constantly play queen pawn openings and play against it... there are many variations and i dont really put everything in my head(coz i usually play CCs).. is this good for me? am i doing fine? (i feel that i dont know what i am talking about...eheh)

9. cc1243775943 says: Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Personally I don't know the caro-kann opening. Blake78613's right though. It takes about a year to fully absorb an opening. Personally Sicilian more suits me. I would say keep practicing. Play some unrated games with players and see if you can work out where you go wrong. Then you can build on it and maybe the Caro-kann might suit you.

10. Yenman says: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
check out this forum: http://www.chessforums.org/chess-openings/3110-caro-kann-3.html

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