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...and my main response to e4 is The French!
i would love to see the englund in actual tournament play ... easy wins there once white knows and understands why it is so flawed the line offered by kaufman is his book absolutely refutes it and offers black zero chances of even grovelling for the half point
Can you post it?
so now black must play Nh6 and white follow up with:12 e6! fe13 Ne6+ and the game is pretty much over as the bloack queen will hang after the discovery on the d file
all white need do is memorize a few side lines that offer black even less and the wins are easy here
Thanks Richie, looks like a bulletproof line to me.
I think I've finally come up with a low theory, solid, practical repertoire that I'm content with:
White - 2 Bf4 London
Black against 1 e4 - 3...Qd8 Scandinavian
Black against 1 d4 - Symmetrical QGD (2...c5).
After 1 d4 d5 if White plays 2 Nf3 then 2...Bf5 heading for a London Reversed.
In the Symmetrical QGD I'm working on 5...Qd8 in the main line, I'd prefer to play that move though it's not considered quite as good as 5...Qa5, but just like in the Scandinavian 3...Qd8 is simpler and less theory than 3...Qa5 is, it's the same case in the Symmetrical QGD as 5...Qd8 is simpler and less theory than 5...Qa5 is.
That might be a low theory repertoire, but it also could be the most boring repertoire possible. Different strokes I guess
This repertoire is also ideal for someone who prefers and studies endgames. Don't bother with much theory, make it to the endgame, and then often hold the slightly inferior endgames for draws though sometimes losing, draw or win the equal endgames, turn slightly better endgames into wins though sometimes drawing.
I'm rather certain the vast majority of club players would not like this repertoire, but for the right players I think it may be taylor made and the best repertoire around. I do wonder if I may be the only player on the planet with this repertoire. The player should like solid, doesn't mind boring, prefers low theory, and plays endgames well. Playing endgames well counts for all players, but even more so for those who are less likely to win it in the middlegame. Try to master the endgame, it doesn't change.
Of course playing the middlegame well still counts, no getting around that - got to make it to the endgame, don't want to arrive there beyond repair.
Besides, there is something to be said for playing boring psychologically, opponents are lulled into making bad mistakes in seemingly harmless positions.
I guess some people prefer to have a better score rather than actually having fun playing the game.
What are you talking about when you say "Symmetrical QGD"?
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5 it's the Austrian defence and it doesn't have a good reputation.
Fun is in the eye of the beholder.
It's known as the Austrian defense but also as the Symmetrical defense. 3..Qd8 Scandinavian in my repertoire doesn't have a good reputation either, but some strong players have used it often, including a GM who used it very often with good results (I can't think of his name at the moment but can look it up if anyone is interested). 3...Qd8 Scandinavian is about to have it's own book, scheduled for release in early December.
I will say that after much research it's looking to me like I will probably have to play 5...Qa5 in the Austrian (Symmetrical) instead of 5...Qd8 that I was wanting to play, but can't have everything.
In fact, I was orginally going to use the Baltic 2...Bf5 instead of 2...c5, but couldn't get passed how messy the 3 Qb3 lines in the Baltic are. The Baltic also doesn't have a good reputation, basically it stems from black giving up the bishop pair in the 3 cxd5 lines, but black's position is quite playable. It's playable against the 3 Qb3 move too, but the chaotic positions that then occur aren't my cup of tea, but I may bite the bullet and learn how to play the 3 Qb3 positions anyway if I decide I'm not going to like playing 5...Qa5 in the Austrian even more. The Baltic does seem like a slightly better defense than the Austrian, plus I'm disappointed in 5...Qd8 not panning out, so I'm actually considering going back to the Baltic.
3...Qd8 Scandinavian I think it's alright, but I can't understand what you're talking about in the Austrian. Where does black get to play ...Qa5?
After 2...c5 3.cxd5 Nf6 I can play 4.e4!
Yep, it's because of 4 e4 in that line I was planning on playing 3...Qxd5 instead of 3...Nf6. Houdini 1.5a at depth 27 considers 3...Qxd5 the better move. The line I was talking about goes 3...Qxd5 4 Nf3 cxd4 5 Nc3 and now instead of 5...Qa5 I was wanting to play 5...Qd8. 5...Qa5 is main move in this line and Houdini agrees it's best, 5...Qa5 is playable but I'm not too happy with the type play I'm seeing. I realise Houdini isn't the final arbiter about everything but there aren't any good books to refer to for much detail on the Austrian. Back to the Baltic I think.
I think playing passively in order to "not lose" before the endgame is the wrong approach to chess. Playing for advantage doesn't always result in a decisive result by the middlgame for either side; not any more than playing passive openings. Endgame study and technique should always be top priority for a serious player, regardless whether you play Open Sicilian mainlines, something like the Colle or London, or something in between these extremes.
Baltic is a bit dubious imo, among other things white can just play 3.cxd5 and say bye bye to your centre. It's not the end of the world, by why would you want to concede that?
And a mainline goes 3...Bxb1 4.Qa4+ c6 5.dxc6 Nxc6 6.Rxb1
You gave up the bishop pair for nothing (unlike in good openings such as the Nimzo), why would you do to that?
If you want to use an offbeat approach against 1.d4 I would suggest you to take a look at the Chigorin; I've never played it, but when I checked out a couple of lines it seemed interesting.
I'm still deciding between the Baltic and the Austrian. Avoiding a lot of theory comes with a price. The defenses suit my style (other than a variation in each I'm trying to iron out). Kasparov said everything is playable at the club level. Perhaps a bit of a stretch but his point is well made.
I'm still deciding between the Baltic and the Austrian. Avoiding a lot of theory comes with a price.
Yes, but the price varies from one opening to another. 1...d6 against everything comes with a smaller price than the Austrian (for instance).
both the austrian and baltic are considered sub-optimal openings but are indeed quite playable from a practical otb standpoint and pose some interesting question for white to answer and interesting positions to navigate ... certainly a player that invests time in understanding them will be able to hold the position as neither has ever been refuted and both have some venom, especially as they are seen rarely and most players as white dont put a lot of effort onto studying them
Nf6 works fine for me :) Just be ready to exchange and fight for centre control !
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