Caro–Kann Defence

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The Caro-Kann was named after Horatio Caro and Marcus Kann who analyzed it in 1886. Kann scored an impressive 17-move victory with the Caro–Kann Defence against German-British chess champion Jacques Mieses at the 4th German Chess Congress in Hamburg in May 1885:



  • Sound pawn structure
  • Free light-squared bishop
  • Safe


  • Less space for black
  • Slower development
  • Less complicated game

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