The 2.Ne2 Variation of the Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6 2.Ne2), sometimes called the Short variation, is an ostentatious try by White to get Black out of his comfort zone as early as move 2. Caro-Kann players typically love their solid structures and modest setups, but with this bamboozling sideline they will be forced to enter unknown territory right from the off!
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The move itself looks extremely counter intuitive, blocking in the bishop and developing the knight to a less natural position. However, as this DVD will show, this baffling move is full of venom and is an excellent practical weapon for the first player, gaining a seal of approval from some of the world's best including GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Nigel Short, and Rauf Mamedov. IM Lawrence Trent will discuss the main variations Black has at his disposal, but how with each one White has a number of ways to keep the position full of play and dynamic possibilities, leading to games which loyal Caro players will have difficulty dealing with.