The Accelerated Panov arises from the Caro-Kann Defense about as often as from the English Opening, i. e. after 1. c4 c6 2. e4.
Black’s best response is 2…d5 and after 3. exd5 cxd5 4. cxd5 Nf6 White gets a position with an isolated d-pawn. White has two fundamentally different plans – he can either try to keep the d5-pawn with 5. Bb5+ or 5. Qa4+, or opt to simply develop his pieces with 5. Nc3 Nxd5 6. Nf3. However, regardless of White’s choice, in our opinion Black has enough resources to equalize.
[Diagram: Black to Move] If Black captures on b1, White can respond with 18. Bh6 and the position is more or less balanced. However, Black has a tactical shot 17… Nxd4!! but the ensuing complications are still very hard to sort out. Try to determine what happens after the powerful blow.
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