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d4 wusses, you only didn't want to study tactics, I mean, yes black is trying to destroy you, but that doesn't mean you have to cower in fear, just beat him at his own game
The sweetest victories are when you beat someone at their specialty!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 is a serious line for White and well worth studying. It's not a magic bullet, of course. Black can certainly find his way to equality, just as he can in any good opening, but he has to know what he's doing, and White can punish inaccurate play.
That line caught my interest because of its style, but I'm afraid of the number of deviations starting from the seventh move (when black can choose one of three spots for the knight). Are there more sidelines for white to pick from, or does black get to make all of the decisions regarding variations?
Well, I've been looking through databases in search of responses to the Hyper-Accelerated that I like. So far, I thought the setup used in the following game was interesting, with the knight maneuver to c2. I've seen similar knight move to b3 as well.
If you study the positions and not the moves it won't be that big a deal...
Could anyone post or tell me where I could find the main lines of the Moscow sicilian?
After black plays d6, white plays Bb5+. The Sicilian Bb5 Revealed by Neil McDonald is a good book for getting you started and tries to explain the general ideas (but still goes into specific lines and example games), while The Bb5 Sicilian by Richard Palliser is more of a manual that explains each move as you go. The first book is better for teaching you the opening, while the second is good as a reference point after playing some games, to see where you deviated from main lines, and seeing where you went wrong and why. I've made a group on the Bb5 Sicilian, if you're interested: http://www.chess.com/groups/home/bb5-sicilian
My view of the opening is an attempt to get the edge during middlegame. Objectively, this means getting the winning position. However, subjectively it means getting a middlegame that you can do better with than your opponent.
One strategy of achieving this is playing "overlapping" openings. For example, some lines of the English can lead to positions very much like the Sicilian dragon with colors reversed; while they aren't the same, both lead to middlegames of similar nature.
Another strategy of achieving this is playing sound sidelines where your side gets more of the decisions regarding the variation. For example, white can pick one of many options in the KID, while black must learn to play against each of them. Likewise, the Moscow and Rossolimo sidestep mainline Sicilians while being sound openings in their own right. You could call me lazy, but I'd prefer to minimally study my openings, just to the point where I can get to a middlegame I don't mind playing.
Getting back to the point, I'm sort of trying to decide between the Qxd4 variation with the three-way split based upon black's decisions in the hyper-accelerated and just learning the Maroczy bind with my light-squared bishop still on the board. Problems I foresee are that the player of the black pieces in the hyper-accelerated will have the luxury of studying the theory of each sideline, since playing 2. ...g6 gives them more of a "specialized" repetoire.
The question now becomes, how many variations does white get to pick from in the hyper-acc, and which are common, and which are uncommon? (I obviously know very little about it, and was caught off guard by its potential).
My view of the opening is an attempt to get the edge during middlegame. Objectively, this means getting the winning position.
Sorry, not following this at all...
I'm afraid I worded it poorly. In theory, white usually tries to make the most of starting off with the initiative, while black seeks to gain equality or better. In practice, some people play "refuted" or obscure openings such as the Polish. Even though an opening might be considered dubious, the lack of familiarity OTB can make up for part of it. Optimally, I'd like to play something sound while not being outbooked myself.
Almost got it. The point of the opening is to get into familiar middlegame positions, where you know the ins & outs of what should be doing what and what gives advantages or disadvantages...by playing along, you'll naturally head to the best lines in the opening and your opponent will play his stuff and something or other will happen. You may not win them all, but at least you won't be wandering around aimlessly in positions you don't like or understand.
You may not win them all, but at least you won't be wandering around aimlessly in positions you don't like or understand.
Sadly, I must admit I end up doing that all too frequently...
here's a great one Don't play e4. This is why i play b4 in blitz. Cause im sick of those darn ol idots who the sicilan
Play an anti-sicilian, dude. Make the Sicilian players say the same thing:
"I hate those darn idiots who play antisicilians."
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