Chess Openings for Black: Learn the Caro-Kann! (25+ hours)
If you want to master the Caro-Kann Defense, this super mega bundle is what you need. You will get 25+ hours of chess lessons on this defense, one of the best chess openings for Black against 1.e4. All the courses are presented by top players and coaches such as Eugene Perelshteyn, Bryan Smith, Damian Lemos, and Maxim Dlugy, just to name a few.
If you want to have an opening with Black that you can certainly rely on at any level, the Caro-Kann Defense would be a great choice for you.
Many strong GMs and world champions have already proven the effectiveness of this defense, so you can be completely sure you’ll be armed with a great weapon.
The Caro-Kann is an extremely solid opening. It has been a guest at several World Chess Championship Matches throughout history, including the match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in 1987, the match between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko in 2004, and the match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen in 2013.
While it is true that the Caro Kann is a sound, rock-hard opening, that isn’t to say that it is an opening weapon simply used to make a draw. In fact, it carries lots of hidden bite.
On many occasions, for example, Black outplays White in a better endgame or parries an overambitious attack from White and counters with a winning strike.
Some of the Authors
GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.
Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.
He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.
In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and graduated in 2004.
GM Damian Lemos
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
GM Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.
Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Some of the Volumes Included
VECO – Vol#8 The Caro-Kann Defense
Thinking about taking up the Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6)? Or maybe you’re having trouble breaking down this rock-solid opening? Either way, this new VECO (Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) course will give you a ton of new ideas and insights into some of the most popular lines.
Your crack Caro-Kann team includes GM Damian Lemos, IMs Ekaterina Atalik and Robert Ris… showing you how to play both sides of:
- The Advance variation (3.e5)
- The Exchange Caro (3.exd5)
- The Two Knights (2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3)
- The 5.Nxf6+ line
Whichever side of the Caro-Kann you play (or intend to play), this VECO course (+3 hours) will make sure you’re armed with a pro repertoire in these critical lines.
Crushing White with the Caro-Kann Defense – GM Maxim Dlugy
Join World Champions Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov in making the Caro Kann defense your weapon of choice against 1.e4.
These chess legends knew that behind the quiet appearance of 1…c6 is a formidable system based on sound positional principles and containing hidden venom.
One of the secrets of the Caro-Kann is that Black has a clear plan of development and no weaknesses, meaning that any attempts by White to force an advantage will often be a mistake. Know how to exploit it and victory is yours!
Now you can learn an opening you can rely on for your entire career with GM Maxim Dlugy. Dlugy is one of the foremost experts on the Caro-Kann, having played it at the highest level for over 30 years and used it to beat 2750-2800 players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Teimour Radjabov, Gata Kamsky and Alexander Morozevich.
Over the course of nearly 3 hours, Dlugy reveals all the weaknesses in White’s position and exactly how to take advantage of them with in-depth analyses of 10 instructive games, including the wins over the 4 players mentioned above.
Caro-Kann Defense – Pawn Structures, Tactical Ideas, Endgames, and Theoretical Trends
The Caro-Kann Defense is one of the most popular and reliable chess openings for Black nowadays.
This course (originally recorded as a live camp) is designed to provide you with all key concepts related to the Caro-Kann Defense.
You get 9 hours of high-level training which will provide you with the following benefits:
✅ Better understanding of the Caro Structures
✅ Expert knowledge of the typical attacking and tactical ideas in the Caro-Kann
✅ Subtle understanding of the arising endgame positions
✅ Up-to-date knowledge of the main theoretical directions
✅ Better general chess understanding
Caro-Kann – GM Nigel Davies
Add a dash of poison to the Caro’s known virtues with GM Nigel Davies. Of all Black’s defenses to 1.e4, nothing is more solid than the Caro-Kann. A favorite of World Champions Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian, and Karpov, it has now attracted a new generation of young GMs such as Adams, Dautov and Leko
Part 1: Main Line 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5
Part 2: Panov-Botvinnik Attack & 2.c4
Part 3: Exchange 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3
Part 4: Advance 3.e5
Part 5: Fantasy 3.f3
Unorthodox Caro-Kann – IM Andrew Martin
On the Unorthodox Caro-Kann, IM Andrew Martin takes the viewer on a journey through some unusual and rare variations of the solid Caro-Kann, which nevertheless have been used by Grandmasters.
There is plenty of scope within the framework of this opening for Black to deviate successfully from the main lines. The result is a sharp, interesting and winning repertoire for Black, which sets the opponent problems right from the first moves.
Winning with The Dynamic Caro-Kann – IM Andrew Martin
On this all-new Foxy DVD, Andrew Martin focuses on the Bronstein-Larsen system in the Caro-Kann and provides a perfect introduction to this sharp variation. After 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 (or 3 Nd2) dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nf6 5 Nxf6 gxf6! the position becomes unbalanced and the player with a better knowledge of the main themes and ideas will surely win through. This is an excellent way to play for the win with Black.
The use of chess openings tends to rely on fashion and 5…gxf6! is a bit out of fashion in 2014. Use this to your advantage!
The Dynamic Caro-Kann for the Club Player will get you up and running with 5…gxf6 and maybe a bit more!
Andrew Martin is a FIDE Senior Trainer and IM. He has recorded perhaps more DVD or video footage on chess than anyone else in the world over the last 25 years.
Improved Lines and Novelties in the Caro-Kann – GMs Dzindzichashvili & Perelshteyn
The Caro-Kann Defence is an incredibly solid, sound dynamic defence to 1 e4. On this DVD G.M. Roman G.M. Eugene Perelshteyn & World strongest Chess program Rybka by improving lines, creating new ideas and Novelities have made a great opening defense even better.
This perfecting the opening series will leave you better prepared to take advantage of your opponent who will be caught off guard with this new material. Even the highest level players have fallen victims to Romans innovative revelations in the opening.
Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili: Former two time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion World Open Winner, Writer & Teacher Former Chess Coach & Trainer for World Champions Gary Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov
New Systems in Caro-Kann for White & Black – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD Roman will teach you an amazingly easy to learn System to get the most comfortable and promising clear plan for White in the Caro-Kann. For Black, you will learn a forgotten system that will give you an easy game plan with active and promising positions. This active way to play helped Roman win his biggest tournament.
Art of Winning with the Isolated Pawn in The Panov Attack – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
The Panov Attack is one of the most important opening positions in chess to learn. It is rich with positional play, building attacks, maneuvers tactics and much more.
On this DVD Roman will explain the art of playing with an isolated pawn by mastering this art you will learn the science of chess and become a better chess player.
The Panov is a must to master because it can transposes from several different openings including The Caro-, Grunfeld, Tarrasch, Nimzo Indian, Center Counter, and Accelerated Dragon. Roman will increase your understanding of playing and winning with the isolated pawn positions that arises in the Panov Attack.
A Trendy Answer in the Panov Botvinnik – IM Bill Paschall
The Panov–Botvinnik Attack begins with the move 4.c4. It is named after Vasily Panov and the world champion Mikhail Botvinnik. This system often leads to typical isolated queen’s pawn (IQP) positions, with White obtaining rapid development, a grip on e5, and kingside attacking chances to compensate for the long-term structural weakness of the isolated d4-pawn. Here Bill shows you a system that has become the standard for experienced players.
Content: 70 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.64 out of 5
IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the 2013 New England Co-Champion, Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, two-time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.
Caro Krusher – GM Nigel Davies
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3!
Have you floundered once too often on the unforgiving rocks of the Caro-Kann? Then try the Caro-Krushing 3.f3! and maintain the classical duo of pawns on e4 and d4. GM Nigel Davies unveils one of the best kept secrets of attack-minded GMs such as Bronstein, Gallagher and Hodgson. Caro-Kann addicts beware!
Part 1: Black lashes out – 3…e5 & 3…dxe4 4.fxe e5
Part 2: Black bolsters with 3…e6
Part 3: Black huddles up with 3…g6
Crush the Caro-Kann with the Exchange Variation – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
The Caro-Kann Defense is an extremely solid opening choice for black against 1. e4. While the Advanced Variation involving 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 is certainly the most topical variation for white in the 21st century, it is definitely the most thoroughly studied and well-known line by Caro-Kann players.
However, the Exchange Variation with 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 is not nearly as popular because many players (incorrectly!) think that this line is very drawish and promises white little chances to fight for an advantage from the opening.
Viewers of the 2.5 hour chess DVD ¨Crush the Caro-Kann with the Exchange Variation¨ will find out that this is simply not the case! The Exchange Variation is a very subtle line for white to fight for a long-term positional advantage based on a rapid development of his two bishops that will make it very difficult for black to in turn develop his bishops to active diagonals.
White has many different methods to play for an advantage in the Exchange Variation and presenter Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn does an excellent job of explaining white’s most accurate lines of play.
Studies in: The Caro-Kann Defense – IM David Vigorito
The Caro-Kann is a solid defense against e4. This opening has seen steady growth in popularity in recent years. Employed by such greats such as Kasparov and Karpov. Here David examines some sharp and some simple lines as well as a game where he was beaten in the Caro-Kann.
Content: 113 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.43 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: your lectures are always well analyzed and you manage to explain the games very comprehensively.
IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.
Studies in: The Caro-Kann Defense: 2 – IM David Vigorito & GM Bryan Smith
David covers the main line and variations including Classical, Advanced for Black. Bryan gives us two lectures on the Fantasy or Tartakower variation.
Content: 160 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.00 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: I have to say these lectures are really great, and i like this system against the Caro-Kann.
The Caro-Kann Exchange Variation from White’s Perspective – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
GM Perelshtyen shows how to employ the Exchange Variation as he often has at the GM Level. The Exchange Variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 is a very subtle line for white to fight for a long-term positional advantage based on a rapid development of your two bishops that will make it very difficult in turn for black to develop his bishops to active diagonals.
Content: 91 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.03 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: GM Perelshteyn’s lecture was excellent as always.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.