18669 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I was playing a friendly match and suddenly this popped out at me.
As you can see Black has a rather passive position and I played Nxe5, whereapon he slipped up with dxc3? and I played Nxf7, winning material.
But what I want to ask is:is the idea of 2...Na6, with moves like Nc7, covering b5 from the knight and allowing the pawn advance d5, valid?
I think it's a fairly strong novelty that can be used as a surprise weapon(I haven't peered into any tactics or analysis as yet, so there may well be a line that wins a free pawn for White or something; I'm assuming there's no such line) in fast-paced games.
I used to play 2...Na6 with the idea ...Nc5 to pressure the e4 pawn.
I personally think it's a terrible idea to play Na6-c7, it's simply to slow. However I think black should do it with the main intention of playing e7-e5 rather than d7-d5.
Oddly enough I've played against this before in a blitz game a few years ago. Which is really strange since I probably don't even play 1. e4 1% of my games. I consider myself quite good at handling unorthodox moves like this, but this game I hardly impressed.
Conzipe, what about supporting a b7-b5 pawn push to attack the queenside?
The main defect of 2 ...Na6, besides putting a Knight out of play and committing to a waste of several moves in the opening to bring him to any useful square, as I see it, is that after 3 d4 cxd4 White may play 4 Qxd4 with impunity. Moves other than 3 ...cxd4 are no better for Black.
2 ...Na6 is as weak as it looks, and that's rather weak.
Let's make it happen!
9/1/2015 - Reinforcements
by somenghosh 2 minutes ago
Is official online fide rating worth?
by PS_R_Rao 4 minutes ago
Who Will Win The 2015 Sinquefield Cup? And who will win Grand Chess Tour.
by P_or 5 minutes ago
Using an analysis board during turn-based games: good or bad?
by baddogno 6 minutes ago
shouldn't players be forfeited for incorrectly claiming draw
by Colin20G 11 minutes ago
The Backyard Professor
by bigpoison 17 minutes ago
SCID vs PC(Linux)
by pfren 26 minutes ago
Any pelikan help?
by 14MJFOWLER68 31 minutes ago
What's Your Choice for Staunton Chess Set of the Year?
by szociofoto 38 minutes ago
1001-2000 worst things to do while playing chess
by ChessPlayinDude47 42 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!