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- - By Hamster (**) [at] Date 2013-05-26 20:41
I know there is no right or wrong answer but I need to make a decision... Maybe
surprising but I only ever played 1 move against e4 and this is 1...c6. I am quite
happy with this move OTB and I have not had a bad experience defending in CC
BUT I am unhappy in correspondence chess about winning with Black against a
weaker player with the Caro Kann. So it is about time to try something else!

A quote by Eros Riccio comes to mind:
[...] chess is (it's my guess of course) only a draw with perfect play, and
that can be achieved by Black with all the main openings, including 1.e4 a6.

1...a6 might not be the best choice for trying to win with Black though and I am
wondering what to do? There seems to be really only the choice between
Sicilian or Spanish, especially as I am not someone who usually does the fianchetto.

Between those two, it seems that in the WBCCC the Spanish offered better chances
than 1...c5, then again the sample size is a bit too small. Looking at ICCF WC it is
the other way round... so I guess both are really good openings and it comes down
to other things.

Which one is easier to learn? Or maybe I shold choose the one that makes an attack
on the king easier, in general. Anyone ever faced a similar decision or has some
Parent - - By Scott (****) Date 2013-05-27 00:15
I played a 7 player round-robin and opened every game with 1. h4 and 1. ...h5 and won the tournament, :smile:
Parent - By Barnard (Bronze) Date 2013-05-30 21:39
at LSS?
Parent - - By Kreuzfahrtschiff (***) [de] Date 2013-06-01 06:55 Edited 2013-06-02 15:05
1...c6 is under pressure with the main line 3. Nc3/Nd2

i think best draw chance is Petrov or Marshall

in sizilian u can only play Najdorf or Sveshnikov, which is drawish

p.s.: i know it by expierience  :)

chessworld 3129 and ficgs 2491 rating means something  :)
Parent - - By Hamster (**) [at] Date 2013-06-01 16:32
I always felt that in the Caro Kann Black comes under pressure from 3.e5 and
that 3.Nc3/Nd2 is quite drawish in Correspondence Chess. So for a draw I am
quite happy to try 1...c6.

For winning against a weaker player I am looking for an alternative. I would go
with the Sicilian but I am thinking that 1...e5 might be better with respect to
attacking the King.
Parent - By Kreuzfahrtschiff (***) [de] Date 2013-06-02 15:15
nice thinking, but only weak players let attack u their king with e5  :)

caro kann advanced is pretty easy to stop in corr chess, i am serious

the main variation is under real pressure, i can give u all variations, where u doubt it
Parent - By Master Om (Bronze) [in] Date 2013-06-02 02:39

>1...c6 is under pressure with the main line 3. Nc3/Nd2

Don't think so AFAIK IMHO.
- - By Hamster (**) [at] Date 2013-06-03 19:57
Not exactly very helpful but I thought it is interesting in any case...
I asked Houdini 3 what he thinks about replies to 1.e4.

Evaluation of all twenty possible moves (1 second, 10s, 100s and 1000s):

And here sorted by eval (1000s=16m40s/move)

1...e6, 1...c5 and 1...e5 are the preferred choices.
Parent - - By Kreuzfahrtschiff (***) [de] Date 2013-06-04 08:48
this is useless, really total useless, if u want to evaluate a move, u need to look 30 moves forward
Parent - - By Hamster (**) [at] Date 2013-06-04 17:13
:eek: Looking 30 moves ahead to decide between ...e5, ...c5 and ...e6???
Parent - By Kreuzfahrtschiff (***) [de] Date 2013-06-05 07:42
yes, thats the best way

so you need long main or critical variations
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