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Owen’s Defense is dubious within the chess community. Why? It may deal with the fact that not all GM’s (grandmasters) play this opening. It also may have something to do with the following game:
The truth is the Owen’s Defense like all other openings is not bad. A player just needs to know how to play an opening. You can defeat a GM just by knowing everything there is to know about the Amar opening. You can do the same by knowing all there is to know about the Owen’s.Today (or whenever you're reading this) I’m going to address some things that people have commented in the previous articles. First off.. 1. c4 against the Owen’s.
To continue I’m going to quote IM Bryan Smith who has recently written an article about defensive play.
“With the closed nature of the position and the misplacement of the White minor pieces, these weaknesses are unexploitable.”
In the article He talks about a book titled; The Art of Defense in Chess by Grandmaster Andrew Soltis. In the Owen’s defense most weakness are unexploitable! However when you suddenly change from a calm defensive opening and sudden gambit of a pawn for an attack against white’s Rook, you will find you biting off more than you can chew!One of the many things I like about the Owen’s Is how each piece has a goal Or “mission” is must fulfill before leaving the board. Let’s Talk about each and everyone of themFirst Up the Notorious Light Squared Bishop:
The Bishop keeps an eye not only on the e4 square but later in the game it bears down on your opponents castled king and evaluate ties the queen down as the knight’s defender. But what about you Un-castled king you say? This brings us to the next prominent figures in the Owen’s Defense. The Pawns. Pawns and their Structure are the heart and souls of chess. Here’s the beauty of the Owen’s.Because of the second pawn movement e6 it is very difficult for white to open lines against the king. Look At the diagram below:
Next up the knights:Each knight in the Owen's has a different purpose:
In the next Part we will cover The Dark Squared bishop, Cover once agina ideas within the opens, and Finishing and starting a devasting attack within the Owens. Till than I suggest you all Check out Im's Byran Smith Article about Defenses on the Chess.com Home Page. Happy holidays! Feel free to comment below.
good and first page frist yay
FYI in the first game, 7...Bg7! is fine for Black, and also 7.gh+! Nxh5 8.Bg6# is more efficient.
In move 7 Black cannot go Bg7 because he is in check.
Again with the Owens Defense?!
Yes. You guys should just give it a chance atleast.
I gave this defense a chance ages ago and it was terrible. I did, however, learn to play in tough, cramped, lifeless positions. It's just too slow if White doesn't take the bait to allow that Bishop to do anything. Black is no closer to castling than he was two moves earlier and he has ceded the entire center.
what about the white setup with Nge2?
I find the Owen extremely annoying because it makes the game pretty dull. I wish there was a refutation :P
Nge2 & f3 are pretty effective stuff.
There is no refutation, but with enough patience, you can cramp them to death.
Cramp them to death? Maybe it's because you don't have enough patience to play the opening solidly!
Walter Brown's game is the English defence not Owen's. The ideas seem the same but the tactical stuff makes them different. e4 AND d4 can take a beating if White isn't careful.
@BruceJuice: the game Brown - Miles is the Keres defence: 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 with a different move order.
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