Blitz chess: GM Evgeny Sveshnikov – GM Ivan Popov, Caro-Kann defense

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The Caro-Kann Defense is one of the most popular openings in response to the King’s Pawn Opening of 1.e4. Black responds with 1….c6 with the idea of thrusting forward with d5 on the next move, attacking the white central pawn on e4. The Caro-Kann Defense is one of the few defenses in chess where black can reach equality in the main line and many people would consider black to have a better position, especially in the end game when the main line is played out. This is usually because black does not compromise his pawn structure and will usually have an easier end game.

There are many variations in the caro kann but the main line continues with 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5. This is an important setup that all caro kann players should look at and understand. Many times a caro kann opening can transpose into a french defense but when the main line plays out, black usually has a pawn on c6. Black will then bring out his light squared bishop and eventually play e6 (usually played after the light square bishop is out so it is not blocked in). With the pawn on c6, black usually decides to bring his knight to d7 and support the future knight that is on f6. Black can bring his queen to c7 while his dark square bishop has many lines and is not blocked in by the pawns.

If the caro-kann does not follow the main lines it usually takes on a french defense so I would recommend studying up on the french defense if you want to play the caro-kann. The caro-kann is not a flashy opening and it’s not super aggressive. The caro-kann is, however, a very sound defense that can lead to an advantage for black near the later stages of a chess match.

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

GM Sveshnikov, Evgeny – GM Popov, Ivan
Tal Memorial Blitz 2019 round 10
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Be6 7. Bg5 g6 8. Bxf6 exf6 9. Be2 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. cxd5 Bxd5 13. Nxd5 Qxd5 14. Bc4 Qd6 15. Qb3 Rc7 16. Qa3 Qxa3 17. bxa3 Rfc8 18. Bb3 Nxd4 19. Rxc7 Nxf3+ 20. gxf3 Rxc7 21. Rd1 Bf8 22. a4 Bc5 23. a5 Bb4 24. a6 bxa6 25. Rd8+ Kg7 0-1

Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.


  1. Even the legend could be too weak too slow…

  2. Parece que pesa la edad cronológica, ó estoy equivocado?

  3. Sveshnikov, was that you? Too weak. Why on earth Queen a3???

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