Item description for Grandmaster Secrets - The Caro-Kann by Peter Wells...
Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have. The Caro-Kann is one of the most popular responses to 1 e4. Black stakes a claim to the central squares and seeks free development for all his pieces. While solid, it is by no means a drawing weapon -- the resulting positions generally contain at least a degree of imbalance and the critical lines lead to sharp positions with chances for both sides. Many new approaches for both sides have been developed in recent years, and a good understanding of these ideas is vital for anyone looking to handle either side of the Caro with success.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 10.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2007
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 1904600611 ISBN13 9781904600619
Availability 0 units.
More About Peter Wells
Peter Wells has been a prolific writer on the subect of digital video since 1999. He was trained in film and television production in Edinburgh, having come from a wide-ranging background of science and theatre, and currently runs a music video label, recording concerts and releasing DVDs worldwide. He resides in West Sussex.
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Excellent contemporary overview of a popular defense to 1.e4 Sep 16, 2008
GM Wells has written well regarded opening books before (Kasparov remarked positively on Wells' Semi-Slav book). In this work, he explains the current state of theory in every significant variation of the Caro-Kann.
Wells mentions that in his youth, he employed the C-K, and throughout the book enjoys pointing out lines where Black is doing well. But this book is certainly not a repertoire for the Black player, nor a one-sided treatise on winning with the C-K. It is an honest and mostly objective look at how GMs today view the main lines of the Caro.
I found the chapters on the Panov Attack and the Advance variation most interesting. Chapters on 4...Nd7, 4...Bf5 and 4...Nf6 as well as sections on the 2 Pawns Attack and various White tries like the KIA and 2 Knights variation all help anyone interested in the C-K from either side to gain insight.