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A recurring blunder I see from people trying the Scholar's Mate

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #21


    AdorableMogwai wrote:

    GreenCastleBlock, what about the soundness of playing g6 and a dragon set-up if e6 has been provoked? Should someone avoid e6 and g6 together?

    The combination of ..e6 and ..g6 on the surface weakens a lot of squares but actually it's quite a good setup... against the Grand Prix, Closed Sicilian, Anti-Sicilians, etc.  The only time the weakness of ..e6+..g6 can really be exposed is in an Open sicilian where White is playing d4 and opening lines in the center, specifically Black's d file is an issue.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #22


    Brennon_Huff wrote:

    Yeah I dont think the parham works very well against c5.

    Actually I thought it worked even better somehow (?)  Maybe I was wrong.  I know Parham himself played it against c5 and I thought he had a number of tricky lines.

    It may be worth noting, if you didn't know already, that it's part of Parham's larger system he calls matrix chess.  Some interesting ideas even if I don't agree with them completely.  Anyway it's under this philosophy of chess that the Qh5 stuff is promoted... obviously classical/contemporary thought treats the early Qh5 with much disdain.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #23


    Oops, I edited my post and you responded so quickly.

    Any luck with his matrix idea of chess?  Parham was a 2300 master IIRC.  If you like the early Qh5 vs 1.e4 you may look at some Parham games to see how he handled it against the Sicilian and other openings.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #24


    This is one of the biggest blindspots of beginners. They are often unable to see discoveries from undeveloped pieces. I think, they emotionally believe since it hasn't moved yet, it cannot be a threat.

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