The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.2

The Caro Kann is a very tricky opening. Black’s play is based on controlling and fighting for key light squares. It is a line which was very fashionable in late 90s and early 2000s due to the successes of greats like Karpov, Anand, Dreev etc. Recently due to strong engines lot of key developments have been made and some new lines have been introduced, while others have been refuted altogether. I have analyzed the new trends carefully and found some new ideas for Black. The dynamic play based on a strong strategic foundation has always fascinated me, and in these DVDs I have suggested the lines which I personally prefer and employ in practice. Recently at the World Rapid and Blitz Championships at Qatar I used many of them with great success, managing to score important wins over top GMsVachier Lagrave, Radjabov, Jobava and drawing against Vishy Anand. I am sure you will learn a lot about the opening and will enjoy the battle for the light squares.

Aggressive Setup with 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4
Trendy Line 4.h4
Side Lines 4.Nd2/4.Be3
Main Line 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5

• Video running time: 3 h 48 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Exclusive database with analysis by the author and 50 model games
• Including CB 12 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [06:28]
  • Advance Variation (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5):
  • 02: The aggressive Nc3 Part 1: 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.dxc5 - Video analysis [14:11]
  • 03: The aggressive Nc3 Part 1: 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 - Video analysis [14:35]
  • 04: The rich Nd2: 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 Nd7/c5 - Video analysis [17:08]
  • 05: The Be3 Line: 4.Be3 e6/Qb6 - Video analysis [15:08]
  • 06: The fun Line h4 - quick overview: 4.h4 - Video analysis [06:15]
  • 07: The fun Line h4 - Part 1: 4.h4 h5 5.Bg5 Qb6 - Video analysis [12:51]
  • 08: The fun Line h4 - Part 2: 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6/Qa5 - Video analysis [14:40]
  • 09: The fun Line h4 - Part 3: 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 - Video analysis [12:50]
  • 10: The fun Line h4 - Part 4: 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.Nge2 - Video analysis [08:59]
  • 11: The Main Line Nf3 overview: 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 and 5...c5 6.0-0 - Video analysis [17:29]
  • 12: The Main Line Nf3 Part 1: 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.c4 - Video analysis [20:17]
  • 13: The Main Line Nf3 Part 2: 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Bg5 - Video analysis [07:02]
  • 14: The Main Line Nf3 Part 3: 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Nd2 - Video analysis [17:04]
  • 15: The Main Line Nf3 Part 4: 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.0-0 - Video analysis [19:31]
  • Test questions
  • 16: Test 1 [01:08]
  • 17: Test 2 [01:14]
  • 18: Test 3 [01:14]
  • 19: Test 4 [03:20]
  • 20: Test 5 [01:37]
  • 21: Test 6 [02:41]
  • 22: Test 7 [04:08]
  • 23: Test 8 [03:15]
  • 24: Test 9 [03:23]

Caro-Kann Defence

The Caro-Kann Defence is named after the English chess master Horatio Caro (1862–1920) who lived in Berlin and the Austrian player Marcus Kann (1820–1886). However, the move 1...c6 was not particularly popular until the 1920s, when both Jose Raul Capablanca and Aaron Nimzowitsch took up the opening. When, in 1960/61, Botvinnik was looking for a reliable defence for his WCh matches against the feared sacrificial attacks of Mihail Tal, he chose the Caro-Kann. Tigran Petrosian and Anatoly Karpov were two other world champions who adopted 1...c6 in their repertoires.

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