B12: Caro-Kann, advance variation

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5

Caro-Kann, advance variation

For many years, the Advance Variation in chess was considered inferior due to a strategic defeat that Aron Nimzowitsch suffered against Josť Capablanca at the New York 1927 tournament. However, the variation has been revitalized by aggressive lines such as the Bayonet Attack used by Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov, as well as the less ambitious 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 popularized by English Grandmaster Nigel Short. Black's primary move is 3...Bf5, which aims to develop their light-squared bishop outside of the pawn chain. Unlike in the French Defense, this bishop does not need to remain behind the e6 pawn. However, the more popular and aggressive option nowadays is 3...c5, which leads to sharper positions for Black without compromising their development. Although it may appear to be a lost tempo, this is actually a benefit of not playing e6 on the second move, as it allows Black to develop their light-squared bishop a little later.

B12 Sub-variants:

Overview

Games on Database: 28638
Last Played: Mar 2023
Overall score:
40.2%29.1%30.8%

How to Play the Caro-Kann Defense

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Played frequently by:

White  
Alexei Shirov 92 games
Sergei Zhigalko 67 games
Peter Svidler 61 games
Black  
Aleksey Dreev 127 games
Vladimir Burmakin 87 games
Alexander Riazantsev 80 games

Possible continuations:

3... Bf5  23542
39.9 % 29.2 % 31 %
3... c5  4012
39.6 % 30.2 % 30.3 %
3... g6  433
44.1 % 23.8 % 32.1 %
3... e6  242
60.3 % 16.9 % 22.7 %
3... Na6  230
45.7 % 27.8 % 26.5 %
3... Qb6  47
34 % 34 % 31.9 %
3... h5  38
44.7 % 15.8 % 39.5 %
3... f6  35
65.7 % 14.3 % 20 %
3... a6  29
44.8 % 24.1 % 31 %
3... Nd7  10
90 %
3... b6  6
66.7 % 16.7 % 16.7 %
3... Qa5+  4
25 % 75 %
3... h6  3
66.7 % 33.3 %
3... Nh6  3
100 %
3... f5  2
50 % 50 %