Bezgodov: The Extreme Caro-Kann (PB)
The Caro-Kann Defence has become one of the most important and popular replies to 1.e4. Its ‘solid’ and ‘drawish’ reputation no longer applies in modern chess. In fact, White could do with some new ideas to fight for an advantage in this chess opening.
Grandmaster Alexey Bezgodov advocates a very early deviation, the annoying and little-explored 3.f3!?.
This strange-looking move was already played by former greats Geza Maroczy and World Champion Vassily Smyslov, but the idea has come to fruition in the hands of modern world-class players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Judit Polgar.
The move 3.f3!? considerably complicates life for Caro-Kann players, as it makes Black’s main problem bigger: the development of his bishop on c8.
White’s chances to obtain an advantage are substantial, as Bezgodov shows in this fascinating new chapter in modern chess opening theory, packed with new resources, original analysis, clear explanations and dozens of tests.
006 Explanation of Symbols
011 Chapter 1 - Rare Continuations
038 Chapter 2 - 3...g6: The Fianchetto Variation
071 Chapter 3 - 3...e6: The Semi-French Variation
105 Chapter 4 - 3...Qb6: The Restless Queen Variation
155 Chapter 5 - 3...e5: The Abordage Variation
186 Chapter 6 - 3...dxe4: Surrendering the Centre
224 Chapter 7 - Three Important New Games
233 Chapter 8 - Exercises
265 Index of Variations
267 Index of Players
269 Game List