The third volume of the popular series “Opening for White according to Anand -1.e4” deals with the Caro-Kann Defence. It has the reputation as the opening of the chess-academics.
Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov – this list of great chess-champions that have been life-long devotees of the Caro-Kann Defence can be easily extended.
The reliability of that opening has been proven in a period of decades and presently in the 21 century, the Caro-Kann Defence is enjoying its second (third…, fourth…?) youth.
The first part covers some rare systems like 1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6.
The next three parts are devoted to the main Caro-Kann lines.
The final chapters examine the Scandinavian Defence which is definitely one of the neglected sidelines of the contemporary opening theory.
However matters are in fact far from simple and the widespread opinion that after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5, White obtains the advantage as he pleases happens to be quite far from the truth.
14th World Champion Khalifman shares with the readers plenty of interesting discoveries and sometimes surprising results of his deep analytical work.
Part 1. 1.e4 c6 2.d4
Part 2. Caro-Kann 2…d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 various; 4…Nf6 5.Nxf6
Part 3. Caro Kann 4…Nd7 5.Ng5
Part 4. Caro-Kann 4…Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3
Part 5. Scandinavian 1.e4 d5 2.exd5