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I really don't understand how the albin or Budapest can even be considered bad openings. Many players win and lose with them. It all depends on how experienced each player is with each opening.
Well a few spoilsports like to win more than lose...
parham, englund, traxler, haloween, albin, budapest, cochrane
I dont understand why you would rate parham highly...i always respond 2...nf6
Curious - I thought the Parham was 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 -- so isn't 2...Nf6 a blunder because of 3.Qxe5+
its not a blunder its a gambit :P it works splendidly in my experience. IN fact i usually jsut end up winnign the other guys queen within 10 moves but thats probably because its usually very weak players playing the parham. But i tihnk the gambit is sound and i would play it against anyone
I don't know that database winning percentages are terribly useful when comparing these openings, because of the selection bias involved.
My guess is that the Parham is completely equal for black immediately, but no better.
At least until Carlsen plays it haha
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