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Caro-Kann defence is used by Black as an alternate to French Defence if they don’t like having their Bc8 blocked for lengthy periods of time. Black’s game is solid but not very dynamic. It could lead to pretty dull positions requiring a lot of maneuvers. It is not an opening one faces too often, so it could take White by surprise. The Steinitz variation has been introduced by the first World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz and was used with success by other former World Champions such as Vasily Smyslov (7th World Champion), Anatoly Karpov (12th World Champion) and of course Garry Kasparov (13th World Champion). Subjectively Garry has played it in one of the most iconic games, the last one from his match against Deep Blue back in 1997. You can find the game HERE
The play on both sides involves piece maneuvers that could lead to massive exchanges in the opening and the beginning of the middle game. It is what you can see in both sample games below. The strategy and idea used by both sides is rather easy to remember and apply in your games. I think this variation could easily become one of your alternate weapons against 1. e4 … Being aware of possible traps in the opening is important in general. Here Black needs to know only one and it can see it from a mile away. I have added it as reference as sideline in the first game below.
In the event white already knows all the above and wishes to play aggressively against it, one of the better choices is the one chosen by Deep Blue versus Kasparov. In that game Black blundered especially considering who was playing with the White pieces but following the well known move order should give Black a decent game.
Valer Eugen Demian