Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov’s Repertoire with GM Marian Petrov

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Learn How to Play the Caro-Kann, Karpov-Style!

karpov caro kann marian petrov 2Chess Olympiad coach GM Marian Petrov reveals the complete Anatoly Karpov’s repertoire for Black based on the Caro-Kann Defense.

Anatoly Karpov the legend. The world champion. The technical maestro.

His “boa constrictor” style is “solidly positional, taking no risks but reacting mercilessly to any tiny errors made by his opponents”.

But how on earth did he manage this “boa constrictor” style when facing tactical snipers like Kasparov, Shirov, Topalov, and even Tal??!

Here is how…

His secret weapon neutralized their most potent weapon – the king’s pawn attack (1.e4).

What was his weapon?

A unique and super-solid approach to the Caro-Kann Defense!

GM Karpov figured out a way to neutralize white’s most dangerous attacks and force them to make small mistakes in their pawn structure… then he’d squeeze until they couldn’t breathe!

karpov caro kann marian petrovThis is a new and updated Caro-Kann repertoire based completely on Anatoly Karpov’s approach to the opening.

You’ll learn his move-orders, strategic plans, positional secrets, and much more.

About the Author:

Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world.

GM Petrov is also a FIDE trainer and was the coach of Team Wales at the 2016 Baku Olympiad. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.

3 of Karpov’s many Caro Kann Methods!

  • The GENIUS …Ke7!! combining attack and defense and COMPLETELY undermining white’s attacking idea! Anatoly Karpov had brilliant insight into all kinds of positions. This quiet king move is so profound that it shook the Caro Kann to its core – spring it on your opponents and they’ll be helpless!
  • How to EASILY Repel Attacks…even from stars like Kasparov, Shirov, and Topalov! These attacking legends made a name for themselves with brutal and beautiful attacking masterpieces…but over 20+ years they barely made a dent in Karpov’s Caro. You’ll learn his exact methods and how to apply them in your own games!
  • Karpov’s Python-like Squeeze Play vs the Advance Variation! In this, one of the most popular variations you’ll be able to apply Karpov’s squeeze play and win smooth positional games like there’s no tomorrow. One of the model games vs Nigel Short is a MUST see and GM Petrov presents it in crystal clarity that anyone can follow!
  • Add to your 10 hours of high-quality video lessons a complete PGN file of ALL Caro Kann games Karpov EVER played and you’re armed with all you need to play confident and smooth positional chess with black…no matter what white tries!

What’s Included?

Complete set of PGNs

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs for everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train the important chess motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

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Running Time

10+ hours

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Content Outline

CHAPTER 2: Nc3 Nf3
CHAPTER 3: Rare Lines
CHAPTER 4: Ne4 Bf5
CHAPTER 5: Nd7 Ng5
CHAPTER 6: Nd7 Nf3
CHAPTER 7: e5 Bf5 Nf3
CHAPTER 8: e5 Bf5 Nc3
CHAPTER 9: e5 c5 and rare lines
CHAPTER 10: ed5