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@pfren: Another try for black with this dubious idea is: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ng8 3.d4 d5 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 Bf5!? 6.g4 Bg6 7.Bg2 e6. Maybe black can hang on.....
Why should white play 6.g4? Either 6.Qb3, or the consistent 6.Nge2(!) are surely better tries.
This is a rubbish opening but i'll post the line I play in friendly games
@BlessedStar: What has 1...e5 got to do with Alekhine's?
3. e3 is the main line. There are other options, but this one seems to be good. There is a lot of theory on this opening, but it isn't a taboo opening. Out of the alternatives (not e4, d4, c4 or Nf3), 1. b3 is a pretty good opening. Many don't play it because it doesn't take up a lion's share of the center with the first move.
1. d3 is an interesting move. It certainly isn't as bad as it looks, and the transpositional possibilities are intriguing. I had once thought for some time at home about the reply I should give to 1. d3 and had it all figured out so I would stay in my repertoire, and then in a tournament game one 1700-rated player actually played this move. I had forgotten my own analysis and had to spend three minutes (it was a G/120, luckily) to refresh my memory and play 1. ...e5. It turned out that that was my longest think of the game, as my opponent played 2. c4 and got crushed in a reversed Chekhover Sicilian (!) with an extra g2-g3.
I had to take the transpositions seriously because I did not want to enter unfamiliar territory. For example, after 1. d3, if I played 1. ...d5, my opponent could play 2. d4 and make me play a Queen's Gambit (or Torre, London, Colle, etc.). But I am a 1. e4 player! IMO, all players should figure out a response to 1. d3, rare and innocuous-looking though it is.
After 1. d3
If you opponent does not play the "right response" [ the one you were looking for] -you can always follow up with g3.
I simply play 1...f5, not worried about 2. e4.
It's rarely seen for a reason
@BirdBrain: Are you a Bird's Opening player, because that's what you'd have to be to play the position correctly after 2. d4?
Shraavanchess, I may be a Bird's Opening Player, but I am also a Dutch player, so 1. d3 f5 is also in my league. It gives White the opportunity to get into some cool From's lines with tempo if he likes, or some other ideas. Of course, 2. d4 is a Bird's Opening - Dutch Variation with reversed colors.
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