Caro–Kann opening trap

Today I’d like to present to you a trap in one of the popular chess openings, the Caro–Kann defense. As you may know already, Caro–Kann is a very solid opening and it’s difficult to crack it in the first moves.  However, I’d like to show you a nice queen maneuver for White, so that you may use them in your games against Black and win quickly!

After the starting moves 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 (4… Nf6) 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 (6…Nf6 7.h5) 7.Ne5
caro kann opening trapThe best move for Black here is to play Qd6 and allow White to capture bishop. After that Black has a decent game in which he can fight. (7…Qd6 8.Nxg6 Qxg6 9.d4)


Usually, Black players would like to keep their bishop. By the way, Black spent three tempi in order to develop the bishop, i.e. Bf5, Bg6 and h6. Having said that, it’s normal for Black to play 7…Bh7
caro kann opening trapCan you find the right continuation for White? Indeed, White has a powerful maneuver which can help him win material. You can see the solution below:

P.S. Did you like this opening trap? Have you used them in your games? 🙂 Please share your experience with us in the comments below.

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