Gambit Chess publication: Grandmaster Secrets: the Caro-Kann – Peter Wells. I also play the Caro-Kann, and have for years. As I play E4, I also play against it. I like to attack the black bishop with an early g4 supported by the queen. Game 1. Kiril D Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, (B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 69 moves, Game 2. P Haba vs Z Gyimesi, (B18) Caro-Kann, Classical.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Wells [is] in the vanguard of writers who push the quality of chess books ever forward. Black stakes a claim to the central squares and seeks free development for all his pieces.

While solid, it is by no means a drawing weapon grandmaeter the resulting positions generally contain sexrets least a degree of imbalance and the critical lines lead to sharp positions with chances for both sides. Many new approaches for both sides have been developed in recent granvmaster, and a good understanding of these ideas is vital for anyone looking to handle either side of the Caro with success.

Peter Wells guides you through each branch of the Caro-Kann, giving insights into the character of each line and a chess professional’s view of the nature of the resulting play. We are also presented with a fully up-to-date assessment of the current theoretical standing of the key variations.

Wells indicates major problems where they exist, and assesses which csro-kann the key battlegrounds for the future. However, this book does not provide just a lofty perspective; the Caro-Kann was Wells’s regular opening when he was rising through the ranks of junior and amateur chess, so he is also able to provide many valuable yrandmaster often amusing accounts of how the Caro-Kann fares against inaccurate, overambitious or routine play by White.

A dazzling opening book which you will delight in caeo-kann He was runner-up in the British Championship inand Wells is a widely acclaimed writer, noted gfandmaster his work on both opening play and middlegame strategy. His previous book for Gambit was Chess Explained: He clearly relishes his opportunities to phrase issues in philosophic terms, without doing so gratuitously.

This not only gives us a more nuanced view of the game, it makes for entertaining reading. Toss in his brilliant exposition on when and why the Short plan works and when it doesn’t and you’ve got an instructional pamphlet on the Advance Variation that alone justifies buying this book. This author has actually played the lines in this book himself caro-ann you get the feeling that he has not held anything back when writing it, for example, the coverage of the advanced is particularly good. This book will not only suit players new to the opening but also people who already play this defence, and I’m cark-kann that it will heighten the popularity of the Caro-Kann among all chess players!

Excellent work – and it is a must for fans and soon-to-be fans of the Caro-Kann as Peter is arguably one of the best chess writers around at the moment. Read more Read less. Enabled Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.


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grandmasfer Editorial Reviews About the Author Peter Wells is a grandmaster from England who regularly competes in international tournaments and team events. He was runner-up in the British Championship inandand qualified for the knockout stages of FIDE’s world championship in Wells is a much-acclaimed writer, noted grandmastsr his work on both opening play and middlegame strategy.

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Please try again later. This is an exceptional opening work. British GM Wells is a noted expert on chess strategy. His articles in ChessBase Magazine DVD’s are legendary, and grandamster eagerly devoured by both titled and non-titled players. In this work, Wells applies his strategic acumen to one of the classically strategic openings, the Caro-Kann, 1.

This is an opening made famous by its adoption by all-time greats such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, and Karpov, all known for their profound strategic skills. Wells looks at the opening through 25 deeply annotated games that cover the main lines, the Advance Variation, the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and side lines like the Exchange, Two Knights and Fantasy variations. I cannot recall another opening book that I have seen with such copious, clearly written and insightful verbal explanations!

This book is an absolute labor of love, and Wells in his intro even thanks his editor for putting up with publishing delays as the author tried grandmawter write the perfect opening work. If you open with 1. IM Jeremy Silman, an ardent supporter of the Caro-Kann during his playing days, used to lament the lack of quality books grandmasterr his pet opening, but this book, plus Schandorff’s, Lakdawala’s and Houska’s great works, probably have satisfied even his high standards!

BTW, the Advance Variation has really muddied the waters for C-K supporters, who in general have taken up the opening to have a drawing weapon while retaining some winning chances.

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The Short system and other aggressive White setups in the Advance are highly tactical and rather demanding to learn, and as such they put Black under a lot of pressure. I have even seen it written that the Caro-Kann is no longer a rational choice for the non-professional player because of the great demands the Advance Variation places on Black.

Be that as it may, if you play the Caro-Kann, hte book is an absolute gem, and your chess will benefit greatly by mastering its contents.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I can’t find a thing wrong with this book. It omits minor lines such as the Spielmann Variation 1. Qf3 but I’d prefer to have more explanations of common and important challenging lines, and that is what Grandmaster Secrets: I bought this book in the first place because it was cheap and I sometimes like to answer 1.

And confirmed all my fears. I meet the Caro-Kann as White, and you can’t “fake it” with the Exchange Variation forever, so I looked up grandmater challenging mainstream approaches, and got everything I could need to get started. I thought about playing the Caro-Kann as Black since I now have this outstanding book on itand grandmaaster everything I could need, especially verbal explanations, to find my feet against any White attack that would actually bother me.


From White’s point of view or Black’s, every variation seems to have about the space that it should have, and I can’t stress enough how much verbal help there is and how good it is.

Whenever there are non-obvious variations that are essential to understanding what is going on, Peter Wells talks you through them, step by step, instead of taking the common and unhelpful approach, “general remarks here, computer-like analysis there, alternating but not interacting”. Which is often not the case with opening books. The text is easy to read and in single column.

The diagrams are attractive and clear. I don’t know how the layout could be better. Peter Wells has a well-deserved reputation as a top-class writer.

He gives explanations of the main ideas for BOTH sides of this classic defense. He does present the lastest theory but this is not a theoretical tome on the opening, but more like a textbook. If you play 1. If you play I remember Jeremy Silman another famous chess author complaining that for years he loved the Caro-Kann but there were simply no good books on it.

But after the two Karpov books, the Houska book which is a repertoire for Blackand this book from Wells, he cannot complain anymore. We’ve finally gotten quality coverage of this opening. In fact, this book convinced me to play crao-kann Caro-Kann as Black as my main defense to 1. These book is not a repertoire and is not exhaustive from a theory cago-kann.

But it is phenomenally well-written and one of only a few opening books I’ve ever read cover-to-cover. It was helpful in my chess understanding. It is a well written book.

Grandmaster Secrets The Caro-Kann by Peter Wells

It is recommended to you from me, an average chess player. Good job on this rich opening complex! One person found this helpful. I read a few lines and it seems that it is more a literary work. Maybe it is not for me. In this work, he explains the current state of theory in every significant variation of the Caro-Kann. Wells mentions that in his youth, he employed the C-K, and throughout the book enjoys pointing out lines where Black is doing well.

But this book is certainly not a repertoire for the Black player, nor a one-sided treatise on winning with the C-K. It is an honest and grabdmaster objective look at how GMs today view the main lines of the Caro. I found the chapters on the Panov Attack and the Advance variation most interesting.

Nf6 as well as sections on the 2 Pawns Attack and various White tries like the KIA and 2 Knights variation all help anyone interested in the C-K from either side to gain insight. See all 7 cado-kann. Amazon Giveaway caro-iann you to run promotional giveaways sectets order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?