How to CRUSH with the Caro-Kann!

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0:00 Intro
0:45 Theory
16:03 Game 1
26:00 Game 2

1. e4 c6 2. d4 (2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 (3… a6 4. d4 Bg4) 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6) (2. Nc3 d5 3. Qf3) 2… d5 3. e5 (3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 (4… Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O Re8 9. Be3) 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6) (3. Nd2) (3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 (4. Nf3 Nc6 (4… g6)) (4. Bd3 Nc6) 4… Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 (5… g6 6. Qb3 Bg7 7. cxd5 O-O)) (3. f3 g6 (3… dxe4 4. fxe4) 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 Qb6) 3… c5 (3… Bf5 4. Nf3 (4. h4) (4. c4) (4. Nc3) 4… e6 5. Be2 c5 6. O-O Nc6) 4. c3 (4. dxc5 Nc6 (4… e6 5. Be3) 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Bf4 e6) (4. Nf3) 4… Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Nge7 *

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522 Comments

  1. My experience (playing white) is that most Caro-Kann players do not handle the Two Knights variation very well. They seldom play 4…Nf6. They play 4…Bf5 or 4…Bg4 much more frequently. Then, they often fall into some very basic traps.

  2. 15:52 I found this tip to be especially helpful. My ELO’s gone up about 150 points since I watched this

  3. Caro-Kann

    Advanced Variation: 2:33
    – Take your C pawn: 2:46
    + If they defend the C pawn with bishop: 3:29
    + If they play bf4: 4:26
    – Defending the D pawn with pawn: 4:46

    Exchange Variation:
    – C4 counter-attack (Defend first with knight): 7:33
    – Bishop d3: 8:17

    Ignoring:
    – Classical variation (defending with knight and taking pawn): 8:57
    + Doesn't take: 10:07
    + Taking: 10:15 (perfect position: 10:35)
    – Fantasy (defending with f3 pawn): 12:46

    2 Knights:
    – Play like Tartikower: 14:30
    – Play like a White Wall: 14:39

  4. I would love a breakdown of the hillbilly attack, i.e. 2.Bc4. Ive encountered it surprisingly often around 1300

  5. I used it and my opponent blundered his bishop to my queen

  6. Levy, how do you defend against an early Queen move w caro-kahn?

  7. What about if I play c6 and then immediately push with e5

  8. Caro can looks like London system of black

  9. 4:10 “you leave your king open, get hit with bishop and lose the queen”… yeah that game my quickest resign ever.

  10. After watching, I spammed the caro kann for a day and instantly went from 1100 to 1200. Thank you so much for this video.

  11. I must be at a low level. My opponents response on move 2 is usually bishop c4.

  12. "I guess Erik is playing till checkmate, which we will promptly deliver."

    😎👍🏼

  13. I don’t usually play Caro-Kann as black, but it’s useful to know the theory because I sometimes transpose into it with the sequence that is d4 d5, followed by e4 and c6.

  14. Ive found it hard learning some openings in lower elo because the enemies moves arent always the most logical so the responses can range greatly.

  15. Caro-Kahn, I'm about 1100, and everybody against me in games makes it difficult to win, despite your advice! Caro-Kahn is just too well known man!

  16. Gotham : you need to be patient with the moves.
    Me : runs out of time.

  17. Ey I‘m 2000 Not 1700 but understand. Great Video man

  18. I always hear a slight French Canadian accent to Levi's speech, despite the fact he was born in Brooklyn…

  19. I lose 70% of my games as black so I'm here lol

  20. Thanks. I adopted this defense about 2 months ago and have had terrific results, especially with your recommended early C5 move. I'm sure I'll run into an expert sooner or later that knows how to deal with it but at my level it's producing great results. The only thing I have had to adjust to is castling later than I usually do, but the action in the center and queenside usually dominates the early game. Thanks again!

  21. Thanks a lot. That’s great teaching and playing

  22. done 2 games with the caro kann as my kings indian eventually kept losing. 2-0 with the caro kann right now :O

  23. In the position at 21:08 why not play Nd3, it both attacks the bishop on c1 and prevents it from threatening check/ rook on f4

  24. So what happens if white queen moves to D2? Doesn't that ruin the whole bishop to G4 strategy?

  25. love these videos where you play live and explain.
    shows how you think.

  26. came here just because a guy played the caro kann, i played the standard push, and the game ended when he resigned after blundering a rook, since he had no idea how to play the caro kann (not that I had any idea, either)

  27. I needed a quick refresh of the opening in a few minutes and it did the job, Thanks levy!

  28. Without a doubt one of my favorite videos I've seen on the Caro Kann. For some reason I play at a higher rating in Rapid than correspondence !! You make these decisions look so easy. I'm somewhere between a 1500 to 1700. I have a repertoire that I'm comfortable with black or white, but I know to improve, I need to learn more theory on what I do play. The books. I just don't know anymore. I think I've just purchased the wrong ones save for a few. Tnx Levi, NY'er here too. Hope to see you one day. Peace.

  29. Thanks for both your content and your energy. I really find your channel useful.

  30. This video is freaking good, thanks Gotham!

  31. I'm fairly new to chess and watching opening videos of various types. What is the difference between this opening and whites London opening. They look the same to me. Is this just the London played on the black side but called something else?

  32. Helloooooo, I am in that 1900 and below 🤣 this is why I am here to learn

  33. Very well explained videos ,and informative ,thanks

  34. love your energy, your teach with passion, it feels good having you as a teacher through youtube

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