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Nf3 Nc6 d4!! LOL they gotta play a chigorin now!
Wilbur, what makes you say that this is a weak opening for White? 100% says even to me! :D
When I played 1.Nf3 against scholastic players they would usually respond with 1...Nc6 because they almost always started their games with either color with the standard e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bc4 etc.
I don't think I ever followed up with 2.Nc3 tho. I wonder if they would've responded with Nf6...
The result is 100% draw!
No one plays d4 here.
This opening looks like after a couple more moves it will have to transpose into the Italian Game or the Ruy Lopez, or one of the other common openings so it's weak stats are probably due to people reaching those openings through conventional means instead of this round-about way. This opening isn't in wikipedia (ECO: A04 is the Reti Opening, 1. Nf3), probably because it usually transposes into more common openings.
good for black
hmm...I can see the argument against it, but surely all those things hold true for black?
the knights are blocking the c and f pawns, which are generally used to grab space. When the e and d pawns are moved forward, the bishops won't be able to develop much.
Anyone have any views on why this seems to be such a weak opening for white?
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