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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  • Jonathan

    In a similar vein, I’ve used Alekhine’s old miniature at least three times:

    1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Ne5 Bh7 8.Qh5 g6 9.Bc4 e6 10.Qe2 Nf6 11.Nxf7!

    Disaster then falls on e6. If someone allows the position on move 8, they almost certainly don’t know about this trap, which is what makes it so powerful.

    • Frank Afriat

      Is Bc4 an improvement over Qf3?

      • Jonathan

        Bc4 sets a very cunning trap, as after e6 and Qe2, Black has to use his Queen to defend the seventh rank, so 10…Qe7 or 10…Qc7. If Black does this, he has a terrible position but doesn’t lose immediate material. If he plays just about anything else, Nxf7 wins instantly.

        In the line GM Smirnov has presented, you are guaranteed the material advantage, but you are less likely to win instantly. Qf3 is probably best play, but Alekhine’s Bc4 and Qe2 is a very practical choice. Again, if someone allows this position, they probably aren’t aware of the trap, making Qe2 so enticing.

  • male Gupta

    fm sebastian fell has represented a lecture in and it deals with this types of threats and many more interesting traps.i enjoyed a lot thanks igor for the are just great.

  • Steve Fales

    Why wouldn’t white play 9. f6 ???

  • Israel Evangelista

    If 12…Bg7 13 Qxa1 then simple 13…Qc7 traps white’s Queen. Why black should resin in such a position like that?

    • RCA_moderator

      Hey, Thanks for the question. IF 12…Bg7 13. Qc8 is Mate for White. So Black is losing material in this position.

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