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I have been using this for around a year now -- and though I am going to abandon it, I thought I would put in my two cents as I know the opening quite well.
Contrary to popular belief white has a descant amount of control in the center, and is not playing for a draw, or relying on opening traps. Whiles goal is to completely dominate the dark squares. White will develop his bishop to b2, guarding key central squares, and will start marching his pawns up with e3 and f4. This will essential lock down the d4 and e5. nf4 will fallow suit to increase the pressure.
An early e5 is nearly impossible for black to hold onto. It will quickly be attacked, and it is surprisingly hard to defend. Night to c6 runs into b5. f6 opens your f square, weakening blacks king, and allowing bishop sacs, which are usually fallowed up with qh5 -- and d6 does not help as it blocks the black squared bishop, and f4 will simply trade leaving e5 weak once more.
Hitler beat this opening(no joke)
I feel like I don't belong with all you greats!
My favourite one. I have won low level tournaments with this, because it has many surprises behind every move. That pawn is the key... try it.
If only i knew this site earlier A lot of openings i didnt know before, but ive used this once without knowing the name and unsure what to move next.
I haven't used this opening yet so I want to try it.
Confusing!! well, after e5 bishop is attacking b4
It will become a good and tactical opening if you use it correctly...
Great opening, it's my favorite! :D your opponents don't know what to respond against b4. I used to have only 1400 points, now my level increase to 1600 and up.
It,s a nightmare when I use this opening against low rated player...I lose three times instead losing my rating..
Out of curiosity, I went to game explorer and clicked on the best moves (based on winning percentages in master games, avoiding outliers) for both sides . Eventually, after 13 moves, I got to the position shown below.
Of course, many other moves could have been played, and winning percentages have their flaws and considerations. So I also ran some moves through Stockfish and white ends up with a crappy position there too (different, but also quite bad--it looks like black has a choice--he can go for quick development as shown in the figure below, or he can go for more of a positional stranglehold, which Stockfish will show you).
Anyway, if anyone would prefer white in this situation, I'm curious to know why. Black has better development, better pawn structure, and better placement of pieces. Even if we take it back 5 or 6 moves, it was still clear that black was on the way to being better. the only plusses that I can see for white are that he has exchanged an outside pawn for a central pawn and he does have a small presence in the center, but these plusses seem to becounteracted by black's overwhelming piece pressure on the center. Also, this is just one game--in many other variations, Black gets the c and d pawns to the center, so white doesn't even have that plus.
There must be consistency in moves, back-up plan.
the point was supposed to be facitoettoing the bishop and try to trick them to making mistakes
It's okay becasue it doesn't control the center squares.
I like this opening.
I don't like it , you can't control the center ...............
I love this opening. It mixes things up. I even play a variation when playing black depending upon white's opening. It rarely leads to an early mate but sets up the end-game nicely.
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