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The surprising 3.d3 against the Caro-Kann

Revolutionize your approach to the Caro-Kann Defense with this unique guide. We boldly confront the Caro-Kann Defense with the upcoming move 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d3!? With this highly strategic choice, we disrupt Black’s typical patterns and comfort zones and enter an early endgame full of chances for you. This line, championed by the AI phenomenon Leela Zero, has been embraced by top-level players including Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Nepomniachtchi, Firouzja, Giri, and many more.

Free sample video: Introduction

Free sample video: Model Game

Free sample video: 3...Nf6/e6

In this Fritztrainer, you will learn how to handle the resulting endgame after 3... dxe4 4.dxe4 Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1, discover the intricacies of exchanges and pawn structures to maximize your advantage. Moreover, you will develop a deep understanding of the positions and learn to outmaneuver your opponent’s other 3rd moves just as well as the endgame without countless theoretical lines, creating a comprehensive repertoire. Get ready to conquer the board and have fun against the Caro-Kann.

  • Video running time: 3 h 25 minutes
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz onvarious levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • 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.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

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)

Muestra de vídeo


  • Introduction
  • Model Games
  • Anderson - Tempone
  • Anderson - Franco Ocampos
  • Carlsen - Ostmoe
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d3
  • 3... Nf6 and 3... e6
  • 3... g6
  • 3... Qc7 and 3... Nd7
  • 3...Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3
  • 3...Bg4 4.h3 Bh5
  • Endgame after 3...dxe4 4.dxe4 Qxe1 5.Kxe1 Bg4
  • Endgame after 3...dxe4 4.dxe4 Qxe1 5.Kxe1 Nf6
  • Conclusion
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Practice Positions
  • Position 1 (3...g6 Variation)
  • Position 2 (3...Nbd7 Variation)
  • Position 3 (3...Qc7 Variation)
  • Position 4 (3...Qc7 Variation)
  • Position 5 (3...dxe4 Endgame Variation)
  • Position 6 (3...dxe4 Endgame with 5...Bg4 Variation)
  • Position 7 (3...dxe4 Endgame with 5...Bg4 Variation)
  • Repertoire Training
  • Description
  • 3...Bg4
  • 3...dxe4 Endgame
  • 3rd move alternatives
  • 3...Qc7 and 3...Nd7
  • Bonus
  • Analysis

Caro Kann

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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