[September 13, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Trajko Nedev:
Caro-Kann Defense, Classical Variation – Main Line (Seirawan Variation without 11. Bf4)

[Line 313 : 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 without 11. Bf4]

Move 11. Bf4 is covered in our Line 314, while equally popular 11. Bd2 is the main topic of this opening line. After the usual 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O, Black can transpose to Line 312 with 12… Qc7, or try a sideline by opting for 12… Bd6.

The main move is 12… Be7 (followed by O-O), where White has a choice among 13. Kb1, 13. Ne4 and 13. Qe2. The overall evaluation is that Black gets good counterplay with a few accurate moves.

Black has also an interesting possibility in 11… a5, with the idea Bb4, which typically leads to positions with roughly equal chances.

[Diagram: White to Move] G. Kamsky – Y. Seirawan, Saint Louis 2012. White pieces are aiming at the poorly protected black King. How can White gain a decisive edge?

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