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Having the bishop on B3 would seem decent, but at my level, my opponents almost always allow the exchange on e4 and then follow up with Bb5+, and then if I block with the bishop, they just take it, helping me get rid of my problem light-square bishop. The combination of those two things seems antithetical to me (because white moves his good bishop 3 times and then exchanges it for black's bad bishop, which only has to make one move, so it's a bad exchange, a loss of tempo, and helps black's other pieces develop as well...strange).
In the Caro main line, white forces black to play several bishop moves before he can get rid of it and develops the white pieces nicely in the process. Well, I guess that is why that is the main line and this silly opening is rarely played!
I wouldn't recommend this for white. Just played against it as black (I often play Caro) responded with 2...d5. My opponent played a good game for the rest of the way, but it just seemed like after he went for the "hillbilly attack" black simply had the advantage and white got slowly crushed.
This isn't immediately catastrophic for white, but I think as long as black doesn't make any mistakes white ought to be at a big disadvantage. It's basically a lost tempo, if not two right off for white, bad seeds to plant at the start of the game.
Now black can kick white bishop with 2...b5.
I just looked this move order up for kicks since I think Caro is good in that it is pretty good at closing down the white king bishop's diagonal. It seems the easiest answer is just the ordinary exhange then after Bb3 going e6 shutting it out. there are obviously other moves you could make instead of e6 right off (Nc6 Bf5) but that is kind of the point of the defense to me. Personally with black I have much more problems with Panov than something like this.
I used to see this all the time as black in blitz.I guess people wanted an Italian type setup with the bishop on c4 and didn't even stop to think about d4! gaining a tempo.Worked out for me though.
i've been playing the caro kan as black but not sure how to handle certain position. can you direct me on subject to study?
I just played against this opening as black.
Bad should be called hobo attack :))
The disadvantage for White is a loss of tempo after 2...d5. The bishop will be moved twice at the expense of continued development. And "...d5" doesn't have to be immediate, either. Even the threat of it wins Black a tempo. For instance, even in the natural continuation of 2...e5 3.Nf3 d5 4.exg5 cxd5 5.Bb5+ Black has traded their flank pawn for White's center pawn and White's bishop has moved twice.
Why play 2.Bc4 when there are many more aggressive and higher scoring options?
this ones for dumb hillbillies , a smart hillbilly would know better
It doesn't score badly that database is taken from 4 games =P
nce opening..... really puts pressure on the quensside of white....
Awesome name, bad opening ;)
The title suits whites opening style. Almost looks like a weak attempt at Scholars Mate
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Whyy does this score so badly for white, it doesn't look THAT bad, black gets an IQP and white has a sturdy bishop on b3 most likely.
The best named opening ever?
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