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It can't be TOO bad...I am 7-2 with it, and I beat three people over 1900 with it (I was 1700+ at that time)I gave it up though, eventually, because I got tired of all the transpositions to the English.
stupid and fooolish opening dont play this in matches youll go to a ... and loose its sure their middle power increases while our stinks never do this
cool match but bad opening!
It's playing black with a pawn forward that doesn't create a weakness, very useful to intimidate weaker opponents that are unsure of what the move does.
I somewhat agree with SuperDonitsi. It does prevent Black from playing play Bb4 and pinning the Queenside Knight should Black choose to play like that. It may seem like a time-waster, but I have once heard that every move has its strengths and weaknesses. Namely even the strongest of first moves are considered at least a bit weak.
Well...Maybe Wikipedia too helps found some good idea! Player like Carlsen, Morozevich, Svidler, Vallejo-Pons, Ni ...played that white. Of cource Blitz and Blindfold game usual. 1.a3 e5 2.c4 is somewhat reverse Sicilian or english opening. 1.a3 d5 2.f4 or e3 maybe... even 1.a3 g6 2.b4 (!). Of cource , white lost tempo but if white play reasonable, then it not bad move at all!
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This is unusual opening
I think this opening is weird but I still like to use it against an opponent below my rating...
better than 1.e4 or 1.d4 imho
Adolf Anderssen made this opening.
It's actually REALLY cool
It distracted my oppenent until i did an invasion with queen/knight/bishop on the kingside. I will use this more often
This Opening is to play black, pherhaps for people who loves playing black ...
it blocks the dark squared bishop from hurassing the king like in the sicilian najdorf
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