English Opening VS Caro-Kann Chess Lesson # 161

This is lesson # 161st of our beginner to master level course and we continue to prepare our English Opening. This time, we learn how to play against the Caro-Kann (c6) defensive system. And as a bonus, you will acquire a new way to play vs the regular Caro-Kann if you ever play 1.e4!

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  1. This video helped me so much, thank you it was a great video

  2. It would have been helpful and useful if the author of this video properly titled the content…The line discussed is the Panov-Botvinnik variation of the Caro-Kan, and as noted a good attacking transposition option for White playing the English.The Aronian game is a good, modern treatment of this variation, a simplified approach compared to older, more classical treatments that don't force the creation of a White IQP. The general reputation is that White gets an attack but the positions are equal which might be why other lines against the Caro-Kan are seen more often. But for anyone who wants a very open game against the Caro-Kan, the Panov-Botvinnik is a good choice, particularly if you like playing with an IQP.

  3. hello..Honesty I would have taken the bishop with my queen..But after I would have probably blundered with rook X D5 So they have to react not to b checked..And then I would have pushed the pawn and only after I would have taken C3 rook and always possibility to take on G5…but don't know

  4. Thanks for all the great content. Any chance that lesson on the english vs french is coming anytime soon?

  5. Thanks for these videos! I recently got back into chess and was always a strong player when I was younger. It’s been a bit of a road getting back, but the English is always something I’ve tried utilizing and it’s nice to see the perspective with what to do during different defenses. Thanks so much!

  6. Now you might be on to something😜 I dont mind the IQP, I often play the Alapin. I normally play the Fantasy Variation against the Caro. But I would be very interested in using this approach against the French Defense. I have tried many different approaches to the French, but I don't really love any of them. Please do a video about the French next time! Thanks for all the great content.

  7. Useful, well taught lesson ! I would rehearse the proper way to play with isolated pawn. By the way I got mynfirst FIde rating : 1256👍🇨🇵

  8. Hello friend
    Do you have the study of each lesson on lichess or should we ourselves create them?😅😅😅❤

  9. The English opening is one of my favorite openings so it was enjoyable to see this variation.

  10. ugh … kinda skipped over the iso pawn lesson cause I've been avioding playing with one … time to go back and watch it again! 😛

  11. Plz can you tell me what is the lesson which can tell me how can i know if i showld x pawn or advance or not take pawn?

  12. Why after Nc6 don´t push the pawn to d5? Stockfish give you +2.5 instead of Nf3 only +0,6

  13. How would my gameplay be affected if I switched from playing on E4 to C4?
    Please reply 🙏❤️

  14. thank you for the drops of old lessons being used. it helps a lot to go back and refresh old lessons. thank you

  15. I was looking for a video on the Caro Kann (I play it as black). But I also play the scotch as white and had come to the conclusion that my preferred counter was the Accelerated Panov. Thanks for a guide on it.

  16. Always good to see how the theory pans out by studying a high class game like this one – Aronian was truly masterful here! Thank you, Robert! Most instructive and enjoyable too!

  17. I found the 3rd best move instantly, I'm only 1600 lichess player lol

  18. Long time watcher. First comment, I love the english material and would appreciate/value more analysis on it!!

  19. I found Qh6. Excellent content. Going back to lesson 153😁

  20. Robert, you are fantastic. Along with Nelson Lopez (Chess Vibes) you are my favourite chess teacher. LOVING your series on the English/English Botvinnik. Can we have more please? Please keep the English videos coming! I'd especially love one on how to respond when black comes after our fianchettoed King Bishop with their light -squared-bishop supported by their Queen. I love your ideas for dealing with the 150 attack against the Pirc, so can we please have a video on how to deal with a Queen&Bishop attack on our LSB in the English Botvinnik. Thank you so much.

  21. I currently own Simon Williams' course on the Botvinnik English, and he recommends the same lines as you do. It's very helpful to complement my study with your videos. I hope you continue the series on this opening, you are doing a great work! I love the way you explain things.
    I am having some trouble to know where to break with my pawns. I get the idea of f4, but i don't seem to understand when the position requires b4 or d4. The lines where black plays a quick d5, c6 (intending d5) or …e5, Nc6, f5 also bother me, since it seems I am forced to abandon my Botvinnik plans and i feel uncomfortable. How do you carry in with your plans in this situations?
    The english is a very rich and complex opening. Some people say (GM Williams, GM Seirawan and others) they used to play this setup as kids, but It seems to be way over my head lol.

    Thanks for you work, it's always nice to discover a great coach online. 🙂

  22. The coordination of the rooks and the bishop was very well done, beautiful game.

  23. I love how your playlists are setup. The kings indian pirc got me from 1000 to 1200, then the english got me 1522. Everything is so organized

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