NEW UPDATED OPENING LINE

[January 11, 2019] Updated Opening Line by Trajko Nedev:
Caro-Kann Defense, Advance Variation – Short Variation with 5… c5

[Line 320 : 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5]

Positions covered in Line 320 are, in most cases, very sharp and demand accurate knowledge, especially from the players of Black.

The main choice of White is 6. Be3, where the following moves: 6… Ne7, 6… cxd4, 6… Qb6 and 6… Nd7, are well-investigated.

Move 6… Ne7 is probably the best option for Black. After 7. dxc5 Nd7 8. Nd4 Bg6 9. O-O Nxc5 Black has sufficient resources to obtain roughly equal positions.

In case of 6… cxd4, White gets a preferable position with 7. Nxd4 Ne7 8. O-O Nbc6 9. Bb5.

Active 6… Qb6 leads to some crazy complications after 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. O-O Qxb2 9. Qe1 that are generally in White’s favor.

Also, 6… Nd7 is not sufficient for Black to equalize, since White has a lasting initiative after 7. O-O Ne7 8. Nbd2 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nxe5 10. c4.

Variation 6. O-O Nc6 7. c3 is an interesting, yet not too ambitious sideline for White.

[Diagram: White to Move] M. Bartel – M. Rodshtein, Moscow 2009. White has a chance to obtain a huge advantage, due to better development and active Rooks. What is the best reaction for White in the diagrammed position?

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