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You can play the Alekhine 1 e4 Nf6. It's definitely exciting and forceful. I hope it's offbeat enough to you.
I will consider it but I never really thought much of an opening in which you move your knight 3 times in 4 moves, personally. It just seems to break down what I know about the rules of the opening
I think Alekhine's defense is a great suggestion for an offbeat reply to 1.e4. It's totally sound (almost certainly more so than the Scandinavian) and seems to lead to fairly unique positions that many White players would not be prepared for.
I used to be a columnist at Chessville and my column was called"The Search for Dragons and Mythical Chess Openings". In thatcolumn I did exploration of unknown chess gambits and chessopenings. You might be interested in the Panteldakis CounterGambit against the Kings Gambit. It has the moves 1.e4 e52.f4 f5. There are other chess openings that you may be interested in. See link below:
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The Search for Dragons and Mythical Chess Openings
Thanks for the replies, really interesting stuff. g5 certainly seems to catch your opponents off guard, that's for sure.
1...a6. Miles defeeated Karpov using 1...a6
Modern 1...g6. Play hippo moves after that if you want off-beat
I agree that you should look into the Alekhine Defense. It's more exciting than you might think and will challenge your conceptions about the rules of chess.
1. E4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5... this is the Colorado Gambit. It might look a bit strange but there are so many ways for White to lose very very fast. There is an amazing Video on youtube about this. Just search there for Colorado Gambit and you'll learn an very effective surprising Weapon against E4.
Seeing all the BS that is written before me (the Alekhine or Scandinavian are not theoretical, ha ha), here is mine :
1.e4 f5 is quite offbeat.
Exciting, I don't know. Does the prospect of being checkmated before move 10 excite you ?
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