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gibo ♡ 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Interesting line against the caro 1.e4 cr 2.d4 3.Nc3 de4 4.Ne4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nh3!?

does anyone play this line as white, do caro players paricularly fear this line, it seems a good chance to take the game off mainline theory. The idea of Nh3 is to bring it round to the centre via f4 and to grab a tempo by attacking the bishop.
skeeterss0 ♡ 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Just started I've just started playiing the car-kann. I use to play the french all the time. I'm currently working out of the book. "Starting out: The Caro-Kann" by Joe Gallagher. I think the mainline idea is to play Nf3 and Ne5. This position seems to be much better than f4 and the attack on the bishop is still there. Perhaps someone more knowledgable can comment.
Oh and heres a different description of the moves you have above. I think its more understandable to the average player:

1. e4,c6 2. d4,d5 3. Nc3,dxe4 4. Nxe4,Bf5 5. Ng3,Bg6 6. h4,h6 7.Nh3
gibo ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
but everyone who plays the caro will probably know quiet a bit on the mianline 7Nc3 so the idea of Nh3 is to take the black player out of his comfort zone and into a line where white is more knowledgable.
loreta ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
My humble opinion It (7.Nh3 ) was played already by Tartakower and has a purpose to put the Knight on f4 (as more flexible 7.N1e2 does too). It was played by L.Gligoric, M.Tal, V.Kupreichik as well as other known players.
anaxagoras ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
I am a devoted caro kann player (from the black side of course), and offhand I can see no reason to fear 7 Nh3. After 7...e6 8 Nf4 Bh7 the Knight on f4 does not appear well placed and does not have the usual access to the e5 square after normal development to f3. I do not conclude that it is a bad move, mind you, but it is doubtfully better than the normal Nf3. Taking a caro kann player "out of book" is only useful if that player doesn't understand the opening in the first place, and there aren't too many who play 1...c6 casually.
caldazar ♡ 45 ( +1 | -1 )
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nh3 looks okay to me. One idea is to try to annoy Black and trap his king in the center. After the h3 knight comes to f4, it either supports Ngh5 to try to prevent Black from bringing out his dark-squared bishop or else the f4-knight supports sacrifices on e6 (after Bc4 and O-O, intending Nxe6 fxe6, Bxe6 and Re1). Slightly incovenient for Black, but after he untangles himself it looks to me like he should be able to secure a decent game.
gibo ♡ 47 ( +1 | -1 )
also the knight can flip to e3 where it controls the crucial squares e5 and c5 and also it can possibly support a bishop at f4 and i think it is normally preferable to swap dark coloured bishops. When i play the caro as white i often find i get a slight advantage but then go into an endgame which is very difficult to win and white just doens't quiet have enough and a draw happens quiet a lot does anyone else find this much?
anaxagoras ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes gibo, that's why I play the Black side of it!