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Probably in his young days, but I never seen it, he always played the KID or Grunfeld, and even Benoni.
If he did, I would bet he was playing the Tarrasch Defence or the semi-slav
Clearly Nh6 is best, since in two different databases black has won 100% of his games. (Of course, some will argue that a sample size of 1 game for each database is too small to be significant, and that you can play a bad opening and still beat someone rated 284 points below you or who is unrated.)
It appears Fischer didn't play 1...d5 in the chessgames.com database, although supposedly 9 games later transposed into a d4 d5 game (3 of them look iffy at best to me).
Edit: apparently my search technique failed.
This very instructional article seems to point to Nf6 and f5 as more challenging to 1.d4 than 1...d5. Agree/Disagree with it as you will .. but definitely worth a read.
It should be very "instructional". However, I stopped reading after the very first paragraph:
I consider that 1. d4 is the best move on the board, the chief reason being that 1…d5 condemns Black to a long defensive struggle with very few winning chances.
Whoever wrote this article is completely clueless and ignorant- sorry for that.
No need to say sorry ... perhaps I should reword instructional to incendiary :)
I was learning the QGD at the time of reading that and I didn't agree with a lot of what he said ... though it was amusingly useful to see him talk down several lines that I still have fun with.
Just so everyone knows, I am looking for your opinion. I just want to see what everyone likes and ill see from there
Ragozin, as I recall, usually transposing from a Nimzo.
i think the best responce to d5 is e6
1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 e6 is certainly interesting.
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