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I've just played about 20 or so games(not here, on another site) online and 2 played 1.e3 and one odd fella played 1.d3. So...
What's up with this new trend? I've seen this on chess.com, chesscube.com, even instantchess.com. Can someone explain the idea behind 1.e3? Looks like 1.e4 but with less space.
The idea is to avoid opening theory and just play chess, I guess. 1.e3 and 1.d3 aren't great moves.
Here's some unasked-for-advice: always try looking your questions up in blogs and forums first, sometimes you'll find some answers already waiting for you http://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/could-1e3-be-a-legitamate-opening
BUT, since you already asked it's called "Van't Kruij's Opening" and it sucks, but to be a tad bit more charitable it's one way of playing something or other with "colors reversed" which is not such a bad idea (sometimes) for instance 1.c4 e5 is a SD reversed (in effect) where White has an extra move - it's playable for Black of course but it's certainly not bad for White. 1.e3 has little to recommend it IMHO even 1.a3 (Anderssen's Opening BTW) is probably more useful if White wants to try playing a Black Defense with an extra move - also known as "move in hand" and a3 actually comes in handy in some reversed openings)
Here's some unasked-for-advice: always try looking your questions up in blogs and forums first, sometimes you'll find some answers already waiting for you http://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/could-1e3-be-a-legitamate-opening...........
Just an hour or so ago I saw somebody get taken to task for resurrecting a dead thread. I guess you cant win.......
1.e3 looks like a legal move to me. So, your task is fairly simple: play chess.
I wouldn't say that looking up an old (or "dead") thread = resurrecting it esp if you just want to read the comments without adding anything. I've also seen "...somebody taken to task for resurrecting a dead thread" but not by the staff or mods - so if anyone else has a problem with a "resurrected thread" that's just their problem IMHO
Well, I respectfully disagree
If I wanted to know about 1e3, and bothered to do a search, and found the most recent result a 23 month old thread, I'd have very little problem starting a new discussion.
I agree, for topics that come up daily or weekly, join a "Live" discussion, but geez, once every two years does not seem unreasonable to me....
So I just develop normally? Usually I play e5, d5, Nf6, Nc6, Bc5, Bf5, Qd7, 0-0-0(ie standard moves) and the opponent just screws around.
Come to think of it 1.e3 usually gives me a very decent opening.
1.e3 nowadays is more popularly known as the mouseslip variation
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