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!

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.


Sample video


  • The Ne2 Caro-Kann: 1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 Database
  • 01: Intro analysis [02:38]
  • 02: 2...e5 analysis [10:15]
  • 03: 2...d5 3.e5 lesser played 3rd moves by black analysis [22:36]
  • 04: 2...d5 3.e5 d4 analysis [23:27]
  • 05: 2...d5 3.e5 c5 analysis [23:33]
  • Exercises
  • 06: Exercise 1 analysis [02:27]
  • 07: Exercise 2 analysis [01:36]
  • 08: Exercise 3 analysis [01:53]
  • 09: Exercise 4 analysis [03:54]

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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