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Thats why GM Stratos Grivas plays it....
Stratos is a friend of mine, and he has not played 1...e5 since the late eighties, when he was employing the Open Spanish against 1.e4.
Inspired by him, I did employ the Open Spanish myself three times against strong players, and I did manage two draws against GM Neil McDonald and GM Davit Shengelia, but I was worse in both games (actually I was tantalizingly close to being totally lost against McDonald). The third game was against my good friend GM Vassilis Kotronias, and I was slaughtered without any real chance to put some sort-of-resistance.
Since then, he has switched to the Sicilian, where he is typically employing his own 4...Qb6 variation, widely known as "Grivas Sicilian". Mostly a Scheveningen with a different move order, which has pluses, and minuses.
One question for Mr. IM pfren ....
So, as I understand your story .... you recommend me as a young player, I do not play the King's Gambit, but to devote myself to other promising openings!
Such as ........
Please note that it is only offensive position that I like. strategy does not interest me so much!
There are no offensive and positional openings. There are offensive, and positional players, though.
I can mention GM Vlado Kovacevic, an overly agressive/ tactical player, which has employed as white almost exclusively the "meek and passive" London system. Well, most of his games are full of fireworks.
One can play any sound opening against 1.e4 e5 (Ruy Lopez, Italian, Scotch) and then it's up to him to continue agressively, or positionally...
I love those variations both with 2...Nc6 and 2...e6. Sometimes the queen moves to c7 after Nb3.
This is interesting. Showing respect to any master is all right. Arguing with their action or opinion is argumentum ad personam if it's not about naming the source.
B.e. David Bronstein recommended to play the Evans Gambit and the King's Gambit to learn to attack. (German book title: Erfolgreiche Schachlehre) Saying now "Bronstein is stronger than IM pfren, so I will follow him," is nonsense.
Personally I use the KG as a learning tool and I will not use it in otb games generally. Following Shaw's great book and remarking where I get out of it shows me positions I can handle well and positions I cannot handle good. Sometimes I get good responses not being on my candidate list teaching me another way to look at chess.
Btw: Agreement here that training tactics and endgames is for the average player much better than any opening training. And what's about me I know now that this will hold till I reach (if I do) FIDE 2100.
You're going to need strategy eventually. Strategy is different from positional imbalances though they're lumped together often. Strategy is what you use to pursue advantages whereas imbalances are the things you fight for. Your strategy can revolve around getting a knight to e6 because the pawn setup tells you it's a realistic prospect whereas the weak e6 square is a positional imbalance.
You'll need to read Nimzovich's My System eventually and learn about the art of blockading, sacrificing a rook for a strong knight on the sixth, exchanging their most dangerous defender, different strategies around different pawn structures, etc. You'll also need some endgame knowledge. Start with Fundamental Chess Endings or Basic Chess Endings then move up to Amateur to IM by John Hawkins, Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess by Soltis, Secrets of Pawn Endings by Karsten Muller, Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky, and then Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual. That sounds like a lot of study, and I didn't even include a specialized rook endgame book in there (the ones I've peeked in were either data dumps with no commentary or just went over the same principles that were in Fine's book).
Sounds like a lot of reading, and it is, but the endgame is a very complex stage where you could go horribly wrong at any moment. You shouldn't read all books at once. Start with the most basic, review the parts that you don't quite understand, and move on. Do a couple of minutes of basic tactical exercises as a warm up.
After finishing an endgame book move onto another topic for a month, such as My System or a book on defense (like I said you play the king's gambit so you'll need it!) or technique.
If you have gaps in your knowledge they'll be exploited. If you like the King's Gambit then it's especially important that you work on defense so you could convert your pawn down position into a draw. I'm looking into Starting Out: Defensive Play to read but haven't played the King's Gambit in over a year now and am getting the book to fix a hole in my understanding.
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