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"If you are going to play this, why not just offer to play black instead??"
easy, this is a changed colours Caro-kann with one more move, why refuse for it?
if you plan to castle kingside it is good to pawnstorm blacks queenside later.
If you are going to play this, why not just offer to play black instead??
My 11-year old sister uses this opening along with the other openings she memorized. It became one of her lethal weapons in chess though she still studies other openings unfamiliar to her. This is white's version of Caro-Kann Defense.
IT is okay if you are going for a d5 push later
From my experience this is great against stronger players!
i usually play nf3 then c3
whatever. . .
this trap is for beggners
@Ivanenko ....mating pattern is similar to gucco piano....
It can easily lead into some sharp variations such as Colle's System or London System or some form of sharp attack to the king side with the light squared bishop at c2 or d3. It also does support a d4 or b4 pawn push which lends itself into Polish opening and Queen's Pawn opening. This can also transpose into Ponziani Opening or Macleod Attack if 1. c3 e5 2. e4.
I had some good games with it...Saragossa transposed into something home made!
its just not particularly aggressive, does nothing to reinforce the center, and if you say it protects d4, well your queen already does that and if you needed o you could play c3 anyways, plus it also deprives your knight of useful square and does nothing to develop any pieces
whats the advantage of this opening over say, just about anything else
its not really bad, and can be good waiting move...
Why do people hate this opening??? It's not explored much!!
Opens up your queen.
This opening is great only if you have white and love defense.
Generally, in chess, some people sometimes win with the black pieces. Similarly, some people sometimes win despite throwing away their opportunity to make a good first move with the white pieces. That's why people will rationalize ANY first move with white. Espeically if it's given an exotic opening name.
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