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im thinking about using this opening are there any traps with it?
Have you thought about 1 b4 instead? Similar idea but more energetic.
yeah not as much of a fan since i usually have to stop and play a3 along with that.
Not necessarily traps but it can afford you a lot of strategic advantage if black does not respond appropriately. Here's a good GM analysis of the opening (it covers the three main lines fairly indepth) which I found to be quite helpful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ZQnlIJJKM
thank you Rdct
How about this?
im looking for something after this position.
I don't know. Anyone?
@cll3: Black can play Re8 and push the pawn whilst White can try c4. These are the two ideas that came to mind and I quickly played them out.
here's a pawn winning trick it happens alot.
If you think that a3 has any place in 1.b4 then you don't know enough about the opening
yeah i never really took an interest in b4... maybe i will at some point.
actually i just saw a game where Timur Gareev play a3 with b4...
There is nothing wrong with playing a3.
u could get a crazy bullet idea and push b4 b5 b6 and damage blacks queenside pawn structure...
I've been wanting to play this as well.
And qv (quietvolcano), I'd play 5. c3
4.c3 looks better.lol.
Now, I exactly meant that.
Just a general miscalculation of numerical values of move numbers, causing seemingly no harm to any individual, community or society, camouflauged by obviousness, largely dependent on the sleepiness of the poster.
This is a common trap, and even if the opponent doesn't fall for it, the position is still very playable. The opening itself is definitely not a bad option, positional in style.
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