11547 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
There is an opponent who I know will play this opening as black every time, whether I start with e4, d4, or pretty much anything else. What first two moves can I play to make this very bad for black, and how can I continue from there? I want to avoid the standard Caro-Kann, because that is what he is hoping for and he knows it very well.
You can spice up his pawn structure by learning the Panov-Botvinnik attack:
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4
Worth a shot. The Caro-Kann (or Slav vs d4) is perfectly sound.
Or you can try 1 c4 c6 2 e4, as I have often done (to get something less bookish).
1.d4 with 2.d5 refutes 1...c6 2...d5
Thank you DrSpudnik, I may try that. How about:
1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. exd5 Qxd5
That forces his queen out early for the second recapture, but leaves my d-pawn behind; is it any better?
That's a reasonable side-step into the Panov-Botvinnik
But they may play 2...e5 so be ready for that one.
There's always Blackmar-diemer-ish fun with the Mieses gambit (3.Be3!?)
Set up for f3 + Nd2 followed by O-O, Qe1 with ideas of Qh4 and the usual "mate the bastard" tactics.
Doesn't work so well for me against stronger players but I've had plenty of scalps at the lower class levels with this ... it is quite potent at blitz as well.
Update: Of course, when it is time to grow up ... learn the exchange + Panov system, understand how to play with the typical Panov pawn structures (IQP) ... and refute your opponent's opening by simply playing better chess. ;)
Looks like you should be thanking me.
Yes, thanks to you too, since I didn't realize you had posted the same thing as me with a different move order.
(Dang, Shivsky is Snively no longer.)
Shivsky, your idea looks interesting and I looked at it on a board, but it seems to be way beyond my level and I am also not familiar with Blackmar-diemer or the Panov system.
Yup. I got hooked on Venture Bros. recently and was positively smitten by the Monarch.
Well give this article by McGrew a read (http://www.chesscafe.com/text/mcgrew34.pdf) and see if it might be fun for you. It adopts a nearly identical system (to the Mieses) against the French and shows you the general ideas of what to do.
elo123, Some hold the opinion that 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 c6 is inferior for Black. 3 b3, 3 e3 and 3 g3 all have value. Anti-Slav ideas are highly sought after.
1.d5 c6 2.d5 avoids the whole thing, the only downside being that 2.d5 is really a stupid move, which handles the initiative to Black...
1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.ed5 cd5 4.ed5 Nf6 will normally transpose to a Panov line. White can try keeping the extra pawn for awhile, but Black always has strong counterplay.
Against the Caro-Kann, the Panov-Botvinnik Attack is strong(e4 c6 d4 d5 exd5 cxd5 c4) if you know how to play when you have an IQP. :)
Another one worth trying is e4 c6 d4 d5 Nc3 dxe4 f3. Forgot the name, but this gambit can get you some decent attacks.
@pfren: 2.d5 is a really deep psychological stab into black's mind. No way that move is 'stupid' You may have every other titled player and all engines backing you up, but I am sure Dr.Freud would back me, if he were alive!
If anything this is a psychological mistake. You're basically saying to black that you are so afraid of his (not particularly ambitious) opening that you are willing to play a terrible move to avoid it!
You can play the slav defence or caro cann, nether of them are bad for black.
New at insulting the disconnectors, please help
by marcomarco13 a few minutes ago
by blitzjoker 5 minutes ago
When a coward refuses to resign.......
by BattleChessGN18 8 minutes ago
My first round loss at the World Open
by Solastalgia 9 minutes ago
My casual sentiment on Xiangqi being considered a "variant"
by BattleChessGN18 12 minutes ago
Silly puzzles just for fun
by Swedra 14 minutes ago
7/4/2015 - IM Bosboom - IM Bitalzadeh, Corus C, 2009
by MSC157 16 minutes ago
My win against the Saitek Mephisto Master dedicated
by notmtwain 20 minutes ago
by lisa_zhang_tok 22 minutes ago
by notmtwain 30 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!