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The aggressive Caro-Kann


Updates: 2021 GCT Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz

15/08/2021 – The  4th Leg of the GCT Saint Louis Rapid 2021 is an exciting, all action event as shown in our featured game: GM Le, Quang Liem (Vietnam) vs GM Jeffery Xiong (USA). I have not used Caro-Kann defense in my entire chess playing years. My preference is the Sicilian or other sharp openings.

However, GM Xiong’s  aggressive  style modified the Caro-Kann to a sharp/combative opening, beating GM Le Quang Liem in just 20 moves. 

The Advanced Variation vs Caro-Kann :   Advancing e4 to e5 seems a typical control of space at the center. The  aim of white is to either set up an attack at black’s kingside or break black’s central pawn via c4. Styles make fights equals good entertainment.

CHESS BLOG No. 16 : Date: 15th August 2021



The Advanced Variation:  (B12)  Chess Opening Classification

GM Le, Quang Liem.  vs. GM Xiong, Jeffery

(Event: 2021  GCT – Saint Loius Chess Club,  USA)

1. e4       c6     (The Caro-Kann defense)
2. d4       d5     
3. e5       Bf5    (Bringing out the bishop is necessary)

4. Nd2    e6        
5: Nb3    Nd7   (standard piece deployment by black)

6. Be3    Qc7      

7. Nf3     f6   (First strike!!)


Let’s analyze this position:

  1. Both kings not castled
  2. White’s center control soon be broken.
  3. Obviously, black can undermine the center and will be the first to attack.
  4. Either white will castle at queen-side or king-side which is safer.

8.     Bd3      Bg4    (Nice pin)
9.     exf6     Nxf6  
10.   h3        Bxf3        

11.   Qxf3     Bd6   
12.   c4         Bb4 ch 
13.   Kf1       0-0      (white position is terrible)

14.  Qe2      Rae8   (All set)
15.  g3         e5        (Strike 2)  
16.  dxe5     Nxe5

17.   Kg2     c5   
18.  Bg5      Qc6       (Queen at c6 is diagonally aligned to the white king at g2)                      

19.  Bxf6     Nxd3          


Let us check this interesting position here. Actually, at move 20, white resigned. I want to emphasize that "there is always time to attack and time to defend" but opposite what happened in this game. Always move on, learn from mistakes.


Author: RNFMJesse

Profession: Registered Nurse Chess Title: FIDE Master/ FIDE Chess Rating: 2339/ Education: Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health)/ BSIT Founder: Memory Chisel University: Western Sydney University - Australia/ EARIST- Philippines


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