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David Rudel's Zuke 'Em and the Zukertort-Phoenix Attack

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #21


    Here is another game with a similar variation. No doubt all of these variations give Black equality but white virtually always is the one attacking/with the initiative and few players (particularly Nimzo-Indian players) can honestly say they enjoy defending.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #22


    And anyway, no one can fault Rudels suggestions then?

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #23


    Quoting games were significantly higher rated players won doesn't prove any opening advantage. The fact that Yusupov plays it quite a bit, at least against e6 lines, shows it is a reasonable opening. Black can avoid d4xc5 with early b6, if bothered by it. 

    This shows technique of finding games to support own point of view. In game showed were Yusupov won, he was on the way to being rated third highest player in world. In game I showed more of a trainer playing a slightly higher rated player.

    In position were 10...c5xd4 played think it is better if white had played a3, instead of f4. Not sure if you are bothered by dispruting nb4 though. Eingorn thinks 12...Ne4 instead of Rc8 is very nice for black. In general don't think black has much to fear in this setup. Has played classical moves and peices are on active locations.

    Is Rubinstein system playing d4xc5 when applicable or something else?, am not very sure myself.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #25


    Yusupov must have got his theory mixed up Tongue Out.. I think 9. f4 is quite weird, in most games white tries to complete his development before starting a kingside attack. 9. Bb2 is far less commital, followed by a3.

    Also with the Rubinstein Attack (I think, I might not be correct) that white does not immediately play Ne5-f4-Rf3 etc, instead playing in the centre or on the queenside but with a Zukertort-type structure

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #26


    Here is a game of Rubinstein himself playing his system

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