CARDOZA PUBLISHING • ERIC SCHILLER
OF THE CARO-KANN
Black’s goals in the Caro-Kann Defense are to contest the center
and to develop without creating major weaknesses. First of all,
Black will develop pieces as quickly as possible. As White’s pawns
advance further up the board they become possible liabilities in the
endgame. Therefore Black should always keep in mind the technique
of exchanging pieces, which not only reduces White’s attacking
possibilities but also leads to favorable endgames.
White should take control of the center immediately with 2.d4
and develop pieces as quickly as possible in order to gain control
of space. There are two basic strategies: kingside attack and central
breakthrough. I go into greater detail about those strategies in the
section on Typical Strategies and Tactics.
Pawn structure is of paramount importance in all of the variations
of the Caro-Kann. Each variation has its own particular structure,
so we’ll consider each of them in a separate section. The following
diagram show only the pawns.
You can see at a glance why the Caro-Kann appeals to endgame
Excerpted from Complete Defense to King Pawn Openings by Eric Schiller
Published by Cardoza Publishing. © by Eric Schiller. All Rights Reserved.
STRATEGIC GOALS OF THE CARO-KANN
players! White has a weak pawn at h5 and lacks an e-pawn to enable
a central breakthrough. White has a little more space and mustn’t be
allowed to get the king to d6.
The situation in this structure is quite different from the previous
example. White’s pawn on e5 guarantees that a very substantial
advantage is space. At the same time, however, the center can be
undermined by ...f6 and ...c5.