• Club Level

    Based on variations that we expect you to see in games against non-masters.

  • Consistency

    Similar lines and themes are repeated across chapters and variations.

  • Plans

    Each line leaves you with a plan, without going too deep into the weeds.

Course Curriculum

    1. Panov & Accelerated Panov Repertoire Video

      FREE PREVIEW
    2. Test your understanding

    1. Exchange Repertoire Video

    2. Test your understanding

    3. Bonus YouTube Content

    1. Tartakower Accepted Repertoire Video

    2. Test your understanding

About this course

  • $59.99
  • 30 lessons
  • 8 hours of video content
  • PGN Download
  • Chapter quizzes

We study openings too much. Way too much.

So why did we make an opening course? Let me explain our reasoning.

We surveyed hundreds of chess players and those who improved the most studied openings using just 5% of their total chess time. We made this repertoire to get you to 5%.

This repertoire is a complete defense against 1.e4 in just 90 lines.

There is no reason to spend hours and hours memorizing opening lines you will never see. We've all been there. We are studying line 400 of a 1000+ line opening repertoire and wondering if we'll ever use it. We're wondering if we are wasting our valuable chess time.

90 Lines

We condensed everything you will see into just 90 lines. The Caro-Kann takes time to learn, but you can review it in under an hour.

Just 90 lines? Won't you miss out on essential traps, novelties, and gotchya's? Yes and no.

We're going to be recommending offbeat lines. We often recommend strange-looking moves that are 4th or 5th most popular. We will get white out of book before we are.

Plans

Since we have fewer lines, we focus heavily on the resulting plans.

After each line, we leave you with a plan. Never be left in the dark. You will know the best places to put your pieces and how to navigate the middlegame.

Our recommendations are very consistent, and you will see many common plans, ideas, and motifs. If you forget a repertoire move in your games-- don't worry. It will be easy to recover. You will know the ideas behind the position.

The best part? The Caro-Kann scores better than any other defense against 1.e4 at the club level. We'll show you exactly why.

What do you get?

You'll receive a 14,000-word PGN file covering the entire repertoire and around 8 hours of videos. It is delivered instantly to your inbox.

You will get lifetime access to our premium discord. If you have any questions, a line doesn't make sense, or you want to hang out, join hundreds of other chess improvers in our discord. You'll get clarity in minutes.

 

We know you'll love this course as much as we do

If you aren't satisfied with the course in the first 30 days, we will issue a full refund.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating

Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.

Bear Meinen

This course is, as said in the title, absolutely amazing. It covers everything you need to know about the Caro-Kann, and prepared me for my future games. I'm only about halfway through the course so far, and I'm already seeing an improvement in my...

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This course is, as said in the title, absolutely amazing. It covers everything you need to know about the Caro-Kann, and prepared me for my future games. I'm only about halfway through the course so far, and I'm already seeing an improvement in my rating. I can't wait to see what will happen after watching the rest of the course! Matt and Jesse are very thorough with their explanations, and go quite in-depth. They give you plans for when you finish the line, which allows you to continue into the middlegame with great confidence. This was the first time I spent money on chess, and I'm so glad that I did. It may seem a bit expensive at first, but with a thirty day money-back guarantee, I can assure you that you will definitely be satisfied with your product.

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Amazingly Efective (Yet Simple)

Adrian Gutierrez

Unlikely other courses this one also looks into what Club Players are playing more frecuently and the best way to aproach it (sometimes looking forward more challenging practical chances over the best "machine like" response. Everything is very we...

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Unlikely other courses this one also looks into what Club Players are playing more frecuently and the best way to aproach it (sometimes looking forward more challenging practical chances over the best "machine like" response. Everything is very well explained and easy to learn. And a perfect fit of course with the Middlegames Caro Kann Course. Since getting this course I switched from 1.-.. e5 to 1.- .. c6 with great succes!

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Great Course

malcolm powell

This is a very in-depth course which is well structured into the various variations. Each variation is well explained with just the right level of sub variations. Their approach to offer deviations from the our main line to offer you an opportun...

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This is a very in-depth course which is well structured into the various variations. Each variation is well explained with just the right level of sub variations. Their approach to offer deviations from the our main line to offer you an opportunity to challenge your opponent is a welcome option. I highly recommend this course.

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My favorite Caro-Kann course, ever

Howard Chiang

I have four Caro-Kann courses from various sites, and this is my favorite one for the beginner to intermediate level. Forget about the GM main lines. This course gets right down to reality, starting with the lines you'll most likely see in your ne...

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I have four Caro-Kann courses from various sites, and this is my favorite one for the beginner to intermediate level. Forget about the GM main lines. This course gets right down to reality, starting with the lines you'll most likely see in your next online game. No need to blindly memorize moves either. There's so much text provided that you'll understand why each move is made and remember the moves naturally and with purpose.

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Practical, Solid and Logical Approach to the Caro-Kann

Sean E Brynjelsen

Excellant course if you want to learn the Caro-Kann. I have taken several courses on other sites (e.g. Chessable) but found the ChessGoals approach to be the best. The main reasons I liked this course include the following: (1) most lines are onl...

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Excellant course if you want to learn the Caro-Kann. I have taken several courses on other sites (e.g. Chessable) but found the ChessGoals approach to be the best. The main reasons I liked this course include the following: (1) most lines are only ten moves deep (2) not too many variations to remember (3) Matt and Jesse cover the most commonly played moves and (4) video explanations are done well and reinforce the material. Took me only a week to get this down properly and I have already had better success with the Caro-Kann versus my historical approach of the hyperaccelerated dragon. This course is suitable for playing against players up to 2200 (my lichess rating 2308, chess.com 2105). Final suggestion is to use Chessable to upload the course material. It is by far the easiest approach to master the variations.

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Caro-Kann Gold

John Kula

I'm an adult learner that just came back to chess after a 20 year absence. Times have changed, or at least Matt makes it seem that way. Gone are the days of studying 1000s of lines in books and figuring out plan. Matt lays out a complete system,...

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I'm an adult learner that just came back to chess after a 20 year absence. Times have changed, or at least Matt makes it seem that way. Gone are the days of studying 1000s of lines in books and figuring out plan. Matt lays out a complete system, with similar lines and leaves you with a treasure trove of plans to get you through the middlegame. I never played the Caro-Kann in my youth and now I question that choice. Matt makes the Caro crystal clear and honestly it's hard to go wrong. I highly recommend this course if you are looking for new openings for Black. You will not be disappointed.

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Best Caro-Kann for an Club player

George Harris

Want some solid lines with a bit of an offbeat feel? This is the Caro-Kann course for you! Matt and Jesse do a really nice job explaining not just the lines, but the ideas behind the positions.

Want some solid lines with a bit of an offbeat feel? This is the Caro-Kann course for you! Matt and Jesse do a really nice job explaining not just the lines, but the ideas behind the positions.

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Great Course

Markus Steffen

This course is really helpful for club-level players. Good explanations of the plans and basic ideas of each variation. Thanks!

This course is really helpful for club-level players. Good explanations of the plans and basic ideas of each variation. Thanks!

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Great Course

Markus Steffen

This course is really helpful for club-level players. Good explanations of the plans and basic ideas of each variation. Thanks!

This course is really helpful for club-level players. Good explanations of the plans and basic ideas of each variation. Thanks!

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Kithmal Gunawardana

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Meet your lead instructor

Matt Jensen earned the National Master title at age 29. He's a trained Statistician and experienced chess coach. Matt's passionate about helping adult improvers reach their goals while having fun.