First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence

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First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence
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The Caro-Kann Defense arises after the moves 1 e4 c6. With this first move, Black (as is also the case with the French Defence – 1 e4 e6) plans 2 … d5, establishing a well-protected central pawn.

The Caro-Kann has a reputation as a rock-solid defense that minimizes the risk of Black being subjected to undue early pressure.

Rather than inviting the opponent to engage in immediate warfare, Black focuses on completing development comfortably and postponing the serious battle until the middlegame.

It is notable that the White systems which try to batter the Caro-Kann into early submission are highly double-edged and often rebound badly.

First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations.

First Steps emphasizes:

  • the basic principles
  • the basic strategies
  • the key tricks and traps

First Steps Books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve.

There is also enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.


1.e4 c6 or 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 enters one of the most famous openings for strategic players. The Caro Kann is the opening you think when you look for “rock-solid” synonyms.

The Caro-Kann has, for example, been the opening choice of IM Levy Rozman (GothamChess) for both blitz and standard classical FIDE-rated games.

Although respectable at the Grandmaster level, it is however believed to be better suited for players rated below 2400-2500 FIDE. We will assume you have no problems with that!

Black’s plans include, for example:
• Provoking White’s overextension and/or a rapid, timed queenside development in the advance variation with 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5.
• Developing flexibly in main lines, not rushing short castling before correctly placing Black’s pieces according to White’s plans. Such happens in variations arising from 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5.

First Steps: Caro-Kann puts an emphasis on the basic principles, the basic strategies, and the key tricks and traps in this famous opening.


Let us reverse the question…

Have you heard of Garry Kasparov’s My Great Predecessors? What about Garry Kasparov’s Karpov vs Kasparov 1975-1985? Or even Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Volume Series?

Certainly, we assume, although you are in for a treat if you haven’t!

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o Mastering Chess Strategy (recommended by IM Kostya)
o Capablanca: Move by Move (a classic recommended by GMs worldwide)
o Lessons with a Grandmaster (a written recording of the interactions between a club player and a Grandmaster).


Andrew Martin, besides an International Master and a former chess commentator for the World Championship, is a world recordist in simultaneous chess holding a match against 321 chess players, losing only 1 game. He is also a known content producer for ChessBase and author of many acclaimed chess books.

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