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Dear Readers, We had an entertaining month with lots of good tournaments, and I had to make some difficult choices deciding which games to put in or out. The Caro Kann is definitely gaining huge popularity at the moment, but this month I also bring you two interesting Scandinavians from the recently finished Serbian Championship. I hope you will enjoy this month's update.

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Scandinavian Defence 3.Nc3 Qa5 [B01]

After 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bd2 Bf5 7.Ne4 Kovacevic - Saric featured the interesting line 7...Qb6 8.Nxf6+ gxf6:

we don't see this very often, and there are still some questions that need to be answered.

Scandinavian Defence 3.Nc3 Qd6 [B01]

Ristic - Saric is another Scandinavian, but this time the more fashionable 3.Nc3 Qd6 and after 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nc4 Qc7 8.Qf3 Nb6 9.Bf4 Qd7:

White now chose 10.h3, instead of the 10.Nxb6 I deeply analysed here as a good try for the initiative in the past. White didn't have a problem getting good play for the sacrificed pawn, but no more.

Caro-Kann Advance 3...Bf5 Short System 5...Ne7 6.0-0 c5 7.c4 [B12]

In the important game Leko - Ding Liren from the World Teams 2015, Leko found a completely new idea in a well known position in the Advanced line, 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.0-0 c5 7.c4 dxc4 8.Na3 Nbc6 9.Nxc4 Nd5 10.a3!?:

And it seems that he had the better chances, so Black need some serious work in order to confront this little move.

Caro-Kann Advance 3...Bf5 Short System 5...c5 6.0-0 Nc6 [B12]

In Kryvorucko - Ezat, also from the World Teams 2015, we have another well known position after 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.c3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.cxd4 Ne7 10.Nc3 Nc6 11.g4 Bg6 12.f4:

Here Black came up with the new 12..h5 but it doesn't look so good. Despite some unusual tactics that could have occurred I don't believe that Black can get away with it.

Caro-Kann Advance 3...Bf5 Short System 5...Nd7 6.c3 [B12]

Kryvorucko - Sasikiran is also another game from the World Teams 2015, and yet another Advanced line, but this time a bit different. After the following moves: 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.c3 h6 7.0-0 Ne7 8.Na3

We got an interesting game in which White had the better chances all the way.

Caro-Kann Advance 3...Bf5 Short System 8...g5 [B12]

The Shamkir 2015 event was full of entertaining chess, and Anand - Giri is no exception. Anand tried a new idea in a sharp and recently popular line. After 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.0-0 h6 7.Nbd2 Nd7 8.Nb3 g5 9.Ne1 Qc7:

Anand came up with the slightly unusual 10.Bh5 and probably gained the upper hand, but the position is very complicated.

Caro-Kann Advance 3...Bf5 Short System 5...c5 6.Be3 Qb6 [B12]

Vachier Lagrave-So from Shamkir 2015, was another good game, and again in the Advanced, but this time after 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 Qb6 7.Nc3 Nc6:

Here Vachier Lagrave opted for the less regular 8.Na4!? and got a better position. So, it's not naive at all.

Caro-Kann 4...Bf5 Capablanca System 11.Bd2 [B19]

Finally, we have one of the main lines of the Capablanca System 3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Kb1 0-0 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Nf6 16.Qe2 Qd5 17.Be3:

and now Black opted for 17..Bd6, and then came up with a novelty on move 20, but for me White had the better chances, see Sethuraman - Ezat

Till next month, best wishes Milos.

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