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Stickeyed is a common term. Everyone knows what it means. Well, almost everyone.
I'm pretty sure that 1. a3 is a pretty decent idea. I would probably play 1. ... e5 against that, because I wouldn't even think that you were playing an opening. This would throw me completely out of wack, because I normally play 1. d4. My rating is 1771 uscf, which is approximately your level. I say go for it.
I know that a lot of chess players say that 1.as is something a beginner would play, and that Tal only used it as a prepreration for a certain opponent, but I've tried it out a few times, and the position I get out of it, I really like. I'm still at the 1200-1300 blitz level, so maybe once I get into the really good players (1700-2000+) later on it might get demolished, but at my level I think its fairly decent. I mean, 9 times out of ten, people play a ruy lopez, and always take the night. Personally, I hate losing my knight at move 7.
I mean, the advantage of being white is you get an extra move, right? So if you know your opponent is trying for a particular line, then I see no reason to go with 1.a3, because--even though it doesn't take control of the center, it's like an ultimate prophylactic move. They use the ruy lopez to put pressure on the knight, which is gaurding your center pawn, right? Well, if this move prevents that challenge, then aren't you preparring for a good control of the center?
Just my lower-rated thinking though, ;p
OK I just played a 10 minute game against a 1570 rating, opening with 1 a3. OK I'm very tired blah blah, long day blah but he knew exactly what he was doing.He played g6 which as I've mentioned is the theoretically "best" response, followed by an early d5 for a sort of Grunfeld position and I wasn't able to get anything going. I mean, who heard of a3 against the Grunfeld?So anyway, I was hoping to post the moves here but it was so bad I'm not going to. I got chopped to pieces. It's clear that a3 has to be played as part of a reversed opening. That means that effectively white is playing black. Why give away the advantage of the move?
That's the point. I really like my Black Openings.
Apart from being able to play chess probably the biggest attraction/most popular feature on chess.com is the daily puzzle on the home page. Yet at least 10% of the time the puzzle has problems. It doesn't display correctly or such like. Surely testing the pages is the most basic thing. As an IT professional myself I can honestly say that I would have fired the person responsible for this the 3rd time it happened. Isn't it time chess.com got its shit together? Or do they simply hold us the members in such contempt that they couldnt give a toss about making the site work properly? Professionalism? FAIL
Um, did you realize that this is probably the wrong thread for that? There is a Help and Support forum, as well as the Site Feedback and Suggestions. I assume that this was meant for the daily puzzle comments, which I'm starting to think no one at chess.com even reads.
Maybe this was also some sort of an error on the website's fault?
There is a Help & Support forum you could report the problem on, or you could just spam other sections with your complaint.
I briefly looked through this thread and didn't find it but maybe I just missed the answer-
Why is this stickied?
No one knows. About half of this thread is from people asking this! :-p
But why play an opening, 1 a3, which 1 ... g6 actually turns into a bad opening?You're playing black minus! At least being black (normally) means that you wait for white to commit!
Unorthodox openings like 1.a3 can often give you a major psychological advantage in the Opening, which can often carry on well through the Middlegame. Already, on move 1, your opponent may become insulted by you're audacity to play such "rubbish" against him. This advantage alone may well outweigh the tiny plus more conventional openings offer. Give it a shot!
Then again it might equally give your opponent the courage of his convictions which will result in him playing better against you than he would have done. Don't give it a shot!
It will only lead to equality. Equality is fine. I hate it when people say, "Equality is bad when you're White." Stop being so racist!
Please stop with this racist nonsense.
Usually I don't, but when people say crap that's not true, i.e., White should not give equality to Black, I'm really tempted to say, "That's racist!" Because it is.
Until people are willing to accept the fact that White and Black are equal, it comes as racist to me.
It's not nonsense. It's logical.
1.a3 is not a bad move.
Excuse me? Do you have anything better to reply to my comments?
You don't deserve anything better, just log off.
Why do people get so pissed off when I say it's racist to say that Black doesn't deserve equality?
Chess is not a racist game, but when you say stuff like that, it can become one....
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