TRAPPIEST Gambit Variation for White Against the Caro-Kann [Opening Tricks]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the trickiest and trappiest opening variation for White against the Caro-Kann Defense. It is the Fantasy Variation, which happens after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3.

The initial purpose of the move 3.f3 is straightforward; White wants to maintain the central pawns on e4 and d4. Unless Black tries to challenge the center, White can comfortably maintain a strong center, develop pieces easily, and have a nice position. And Black tries to do this with dxe4, which is the mainline.

This tricky variation is followed by an aggressive gambit, called the Maroczy Gambit (in the Maroczy Variation), where the most natural-looking moves and the most played moves by Black are losing.

► Chapters

00:00 Trappiest Variation Against the Caro-Kann Defense
00:36 Fantasy Variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3
01:17 Mainline: Black plays dxe4, followed by e5
01:49 Mistake most chess players make
02:49 Losing mistake by Black in the opening
04:25 If Black plays Be7 instead of Nc5
05:15 If Black doesn’t accept the Maroczy Gambit 
06:00 Can you find the best move for White?
06:33 Black’s correct response
07:48 Tricky queen trap variation
08:49 Black’s 2nd most played variation is bad
10:00 White’s checkmating attack

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