The Extreme Caro-Kann by Alexei Bezgodov

The Caro-Kann Defence has become one of the most important and popular replies to 1.e4. Its ‘solid’ and ‘drawish’ reputation no longer applies in modern chess. In fact, White could do with some new ideas to fight for an advantage in this chess opening.

Grandmaster Alexey Bezgodov advocates a very early deviation, the annoying and little-explored 3.f3!?. 

This strange-looking move was already played by former greats Geza Maroczy and World Champion Vassily Smyslov, but the idea has come to fruition in the hands of modern world-class players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Judit Polgar.

The move 3.f3!? considerably complicates life for Caro-Kann players, as it makes Black’s main problem bigger: the development of his bishop on c8. 

White’s chances to obtain an advantage are substantial, as Bezgodov shows in this fascinating new chapter in modern chess opening theory, packed with new resources, original analysis, clear explanations and dozens of tests.

Alexey Bezgodov (1969) is a Russian chess grandmaster and writer. He was Russian Champion in 1993 and came shared first in the 1999 Ukrainian Championship. In 2004 he published Challenging the Sicilian with 2.a3!?, another highly original chess opening book

Martin Rieger, SchachWelt:
"A very good and honest opening book with serious and deep analysis. The many novelties and new ideas make this system a weapon against the Caro-Kann that one should not underestimate."

GM Glenn Flear, author of 'Starting Out: Open Games':
"'The Extreme Caro-Kann' effectively takes Black out of his comfort zone, which isn't an easy task against this defence (..) An excellent book from Bezgodov. The author has certainly persuaded me that 3.f3 is more than just a surprise weapon. So Caro-Kann practitioners should get hold of this book before their future opponents do!"

Richard Vedder,
"Choke-full of surprising variations. This system turns out to be perfectly playable."

Marshtower Chess Reviews:
"Unprepared opponents who run into 3. f3 will struggle to get the sort of game they are hoping for and could well end up on the wrong end of a crushing miniature."

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Contents: Explanation of Symbols 6; Foreword 7; Chapter 1 - Rare Con tin u a tions 11; Chapter 2 - 3g6: The Fianchetto Variation 38; Chapter 3 - 3e6: The Semi-French Variation 71; Chapter 4 - 3©b6: The Rest less Queen Vari ation 105; Chapter 5 - 3e5: The Abordage Variation 155; Chapter 6 - 3dxe4: Surren dering the Centre 186; Chapter 7 - Three Important New Games 224; Chapter 8 - Exercises 233; Afterword 263; Bibliography 264; Index of Variations 265; Index of Players 267; Game List 269.
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