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Subject: opening stuff

I'm starting the new OTB chess season with a dislike of my present openings... I wanted to start with something fresh, maybe exotic...

I was a proponent of e4 but decided I dont have the time or will to get to grips with the sicilian or french.... way too complex!

I tried the Danish, but its never in practice that successful.

I tried the KIA its too slow for me and difficult to yield certain advantages.

I tried the KID and I got bored, and confused with my knight moves.

I tried the Scandinavian and I always find it too basic and easy enough to defend against, mostly unsound in my experience.

I tried various gambits but always find that I pressurise myself to get that pawn back, and in trying to equalise or use positional advantage I typically blunder at some point, or get an unusual counter gambit.

Can you suggest something to me?

Can you suggest an opening system or somehting thats basically 'solid' that will get me into the middle game relatively safely?

Can you suggest something 'exotic' that might be able to strike fear into my opponent no matter how unsound. ( this usually works when I meet this kind of opening )

Can you suggest something so unusual that its *likely* to yield an edge on my opponent simply through study.




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mabye the folly???

1.Nf3 2.b4
I don't much about this opening, but dominick(a good friend on gameknot) plays it pretty often and gets good results with it...



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sounds like your troubles have nothing in common with openings. Either you are bored with chess itself or you feel stuck on your current skill level. New openings won't help you improve your chess if something is "too basic and easy enough to defend against" something else "way too complex", "too slow", boring etc. Learn to play CHESS, not the openings.



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Thanks Soikins... I've heard this before and its always the argument I have with my tutor, It took a lot of doing, but recently I convinced him that I did have trouble with openings and visualising the struggle for central 'control'. His recommendation was to play safer openings, with the mindset to simply get the pieces out... some sort of white version of the philodor I recall.

Its easy to say not to worry about the opening and just get your pieces out and develop etc. but I often start crumbling away and effectively lose the game in the opening and this is something I want to take the initiative with... if only to gain more personal confidence with my chess plans.

I expect that understanding the theme of certain openings and sticking to the plan will help me actually play the game, its certainly a route to learning better theory.

But I tend to disagree with people when they separate the 'art' of playing chess and the 'art' of playing the opening game... as far as I am concerned they are inextricably linked, and at my level of OTB opponent I believe I cant have one without the other.

Thanks Xerox, that sounds like quite a strange double edged opening?!




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How about 1.f4!?

How about trying bird's opening 1.f4!?. sometimes transposes to the King's Gambit, but has good 'shock' value.



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Some Basically Solids, getting to middlegames:

1. the Catalan
2. Colle System
3. Stonewall Opening
4. Scotch Opening
5.French Defense Reversed formations(oops, you don't like Frenches. Perhaps 1.b3 instead then)
Exotic aor Fear Striking:
1.Benko Gambit Reversed, if possible
2.In any opening, the WT line called a Saemisch Var.
Suggest Something:
To take your Danish skills and switch to:
1. Goring/Scotch Gambit(s)
2. Center Game, or
3. Bishop's Opening
Just ideas seeking "fit" for you. Not end-all cure-alls.



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tried nf3 b4

yes I tried 1. nf3 2. b4, and it suits me!...( there is just something about this which I like..sorry cant put my finger on it yet )... but must find the refutation line now... but it seems reasonably quirky which I like!.. thx! ... wild positions here Steinitz would be proud of!... has it got a name though?... gimme more theory if you have it?

cryptos: never tried f4, need more info on this... but generally I've always shyed away from this pawn, since it is so critical to king safety?..although I'm sure some people swear by it!?

Thanks ccmcacollister these openings are ones I haven't really tried yet.. I'll put these to the top of my list!... I did have in mind already 'bishops opening' though, but know NOTHING about it yet!... dont understand its 'dynamics'.

thanks everyone!



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There is only one opening...

....for you, spurtus, and that is 1.a3! Then, all you have to do is play your favourite defence against whatever Black replies.

BTW, according to the Gameknot Database, 1.a3 is one of the highest-scoring openings for White.



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thx, you know I did ponder a3... would be nice to know why its unsound though?... surely it simply reverses the initiative/tempo to black...which in my mind isnt so bad?...but not so good!... although I canny see how black can manage a campaign against this pawn or the weaknesses it does or does not create....

Is it just categorically a tempo shift to the opposition this move? plan being to give your opponent the initiative and react, and at least you know that you dont have a bishop (and resulting pin) landing on b4.???

thx for your input!

Ps. would like to see GM games against a3?



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Morozevich,A (2723) - Comp Fritz 6 [A00]
Frankfurt-West Masters Frankfurt (13), 29.06.1999

1.a3 e5 2.e3 d5 3.d4 exd4 4.exd4 Bd6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 c6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Nge2 b6 9.h3 h6 10.Bh4 Re8 11.0-0 Ba6 12.Bg3 Re6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Ng3 c5 15.Nf5 Qd7 16.Bxa6 Nxa6 17.Qf3 Kh7 18.Rad1 Nc7 19.dxc5 bxc5 20.Ne3 Rd6 21.b4 cxb4 22.axb4 Rb8 23.b5 Re8 24.Rd3 Re5 25.Qf4 Rde6 26.Rb1 Na8 27.Ne2 Nb6 28.Nd4 Re8 29.Ra1 Nc4 30.Nf3 Re4 31.Qf5+ Qxf5 32.Nxf5 Rb8 33.Rxa7 Rxb5 34.g4 Kg8 35.Ra8+ Kh7 36.Rf8 Ne8 37.Rxf7 Rc5 38.Rd7 Nb6 39.Rb7 Nc4 40.Kg2 Rc7 41.Rxc7 Nxc7 42.Nd2 Nxd2 43.Rxd2 g6 44.Nd4 Kg7 45.c3 Ne8 46.Re2 Rxe2 47.Nxe2 Kf6 48.Kf3 Ke5 49.Ke3 g5 50.f4+ gxf4+ 51.Nxf4 Nc7 52.Nd3+ Ke6 53.Nc5+ Kf6 54.Nb3 Nb5 55.Kd3 Kg5 56.Nd4 Nxc3 57.Kxc3 Kh4 58.Nf5+ Kxh3 59.Nxh6 Kh4 60.Kd4 Kg5 61.Ke5 d4 62.Ke4 �-�

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