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Hello all,
This time I commented games in both the Caro-Kann and Scandinavian Defences. The Advanced line is still highly popular in the Caro and will probably remain the main weapon for White for a long time.
I hope you will enjoy this update and find my analysis useful.

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Caro-Kann Defence Advance - 3...Bf5 4 Nd2 [B12]

The first three games, Grischuk - Ragger, Jakovenko - Lenic and Caruana - Eljanov all consider the Advanced Caro-Kann line starting with 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3:

The positions are interesting, and theoretically it seems that Black is ok, at least for the moment.

Caro-Kann Defence Advance - Short Variation 3...Bf5 4 Nf3 [B12]

The next two games are again in the Advanced, but this time with Nigel Short's 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2:

at this point they took different paths, in Beliavsky - Solak White played g4 and then tried to trap the black queen with g5, while in Heimann - Lenic White played to open the centre with c4.

Two different plans that remind us just how rich with possibilities this position is.

Scandinavian Defence [B01]

Benjamin - Schroer features the classical line 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5, and now Joel Benjamin played the rare but highly dangerous line starting with 4.Bc4:

Next we see 3...Qd6, which was recently played in the World Cup match Dominguez - Polgar:

Dominguez played safe, with simple development, and managed to squeeze out an advantage.

Till next month, Milos.

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