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The point of openings like the Ponz or the King's Gambit is that you don't play them repeatedly against players who see you coming.
Spassky played many games against Fischer, but he only played the King's Gambit once and he won.
I read what you wrote. I'm not talking about someone using the opening occasionally or about someone who only plays OTB tournaments occasionally. I'm talking about players who use the Ponziani as their main repertoire weapon against players who have an incentive to come prepared.
Perhaps I'm not the one reading carefully?
Ipcress, it is you who is not reading what others are writing. Ponz argues that you can play his opening for the rest of your life.
I'm talking about players who use the Ponziani as their main repertoire weapon against players who have an incentive to come prepared.
SF: And I keep repeating that's not the Ponziani scenario I'm talking about.
You are not reading me carefully. Period.
I agree with ponz111 about some things but not all things. However, I am not ponz111 .
Or, maybe I'm addressing the topic rather than how you play it.
Well, if you are rated under say 2450. In my next life I will open 1. c4 with the Ponziani as a second opening.
There is a whole lot of new theory on the Ponziani.
However, chess is getting played out and there are drawish lines vs most openings. Winning lines vs the bad openings.
SmyslovFan: Nonetheless you keep addressing me.
I must conclude you are either careless or dishonest.
My point is that mostly Black will not have studied the Ponz and will end up with a position deficit, material deficit or a time deficit or some combination of those.
You start off by quoting me in several posts (#278 for example), then you make the statement above. You don't say that you play the Ponziani only occasionally, you use the generic terms "White" and "Black"
I have said repeatedly that I think the Ponziani is fine as an unusual or offbeat opening.
And yet you continue to attack me personally.
You are responsible for your own conclusions. You have tried to make this personal. I have tried to discuss the opening as a general repertoire choice.
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