The Caro-Kann is a chess opening for Black that begins with 1.e4 c6 (diagram). It’s a solid opening for Black where the main lines make it difficult for White to gain any advantage. In this video, GM Damian Lemos explores an idea that avoids the mainline 2.d4 and instead looks to create a small advantage for White by using a sideline.
GM Damian Lemos found this idea when he started looking for ways White can combat the Caro-Kann, and came across a number of games from the Super-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. MVL played some lines with Nf3 and Nc3 instead of playing 2.d4, and although sometimes it can transpose back into the mainline, it offers White a little more flexibility.
Be sure to watch this exclusive iChess Club video where GM Damian Lemos explains MVLs moves, and how he developed his own idea for facing the Caro-Kann as White.
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