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WHY haven't I seen this yet!? 1.b3! is my pet opening system and I have a great overall % success rate with it but I have studied lots of lines and even improved on book theory to take down opponents recently in the opening. There's a line that goes - 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Bb5 (this is my favourite line!) Bd6 5.Nf3 f6 6.0-0 Bd7 -
Now my novelty 7.Nh4!? - I called it the Motaba River attack because like the virus in the film Outbreak (1995), my pieces come flying out with virus-like aggression! And it is a novelty line, but the sensitive e8-h5 diagonal is exploited
This was played 3 days ago, turned into a draw becuase I stuffed up the middlegame although he was higher-rated. I had the right idea with my f4 pawn break but like all my mistakes, I play the top move a move too late So my forcing +4 advantage (my opponent made 1 weak move) never materialized.
But the novelty, the Motaba River Attack 7.Nh4!? is my own preparation against the blunting of the a1-h8 diagonal trying to render the Larsen fianchettoed DSB useless but it creates massive holes easily exploited IF you know what you're doing
I'm telling you all this because your lessons especially the scheveningen structure have influenced my own style which I'm forever improving and I actually wanna thank you again for that, your tactics video helped me see an true exclam (!) tactic on just move 9 - 9.Nf5! hanging my queen and even bishop but neither could really be taken!! Please check the game out
Your videos are always either highly entertaining or very instructive like all the tactics or pawn struture 101 is there any chance of more of them in the near future aimed at people 1600-2000 that would be awesome
My deepest, humblest apologies ...
Also the 1. b3 Nimzo-Larsen attack group is a fantastic group. Wormrose and Linksspringer have very well organized data on how to handle the opening and how it has evolved. It might not be the 'strongest' opening move, but these guys handle it like pros and we have great games.
Danny, I am sooooooo offended by you insulting the 1.b3 systems. I happen to be a b3 player myself and I'll have it known that GM BENT LARSEN plays it too. If you insult the b3 systems, you'll have to deal with Bent Larsen.
"Cackle" is simply a word I use to replace "castle"... Why? Because I can !!!
what's a cackle long ? at 5:56
It's called the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening.
Is there a reason (after the 5. f4 variation) that you can't play 6...Bg4 pinning the knight on f3 and securing e5? Looks like black would be alright there, but I'm sure I could be missing something.
As was already noted, White missed out on the strongest move 5.f4, and after 5...Qe7, he also missed 6.c4! In Jacob's and Tait's "Nimzo-Larsen Attack", 6.d4?! is given the mark of dubiosity because after 6...e4 7.Ne5 Black has 7...Qg5! which Danny missed - though it's interesting to see in the video how he felt there must be something better here than giving up the bishop pair.
Hillarious, instructive, and entertaining! Thanks
After 4.f4 in your line Black has 4...exf4 and then 5.exf4 Qd7+ and White has problems.
That's cool - I wasn't having a pop at your analysis as I coach juniors and a few adults myself so my comments were just to reassure but yes, you derfinitely raised some good points!
@timlawson - I am only a ~1700 player myself. I was not challenging IM Rensch's analysis so much as speaking in defense of the Nimzo-Larsen Attack which is my favorite opening. What I have submitted are lines from my books on the NLA and of course there is more.
I felt the line 5.Nf3 did not serve as a good example of the potential of the opening and IM Rensch's analysis has demonstrated that.
My intent was to stimulate some interest. Thanks.
Hi wormrose - Sorry, my analysis was just down the line that Danny mentioned during the video. Of course, you are correct that you wouldn't expect anyone to play a "??" move so you make a very good point of course.
However, looking at this again, black doesn't have to capture the c6 bishop right away because the g2 bishop is also hanging therefore I would give your suggestion of 10.... bxc6 a "??" as well! To even things up, black can STILL play 10.....Kd8! and that leaves both of white's bishops en-prise. Now things start to get a bit more complicated (beyond my meagre skills) so we might need Danny to step in and offer some analysis (or maybe, Danny, produce one of your excellent vids on a couple of these hyper modern openings - any Danny vid is a great vid in my opinion!!)
For what it's worth and bear in mind I'm not an IM/GM etc....
If b2xe5 then after Qxe5 the rook on a1 hangs so that must be defended, probably with Nc3 and then the bishop on c6 can be captured. I should have included this as a sideline in the analysis - apologies but I was so excited at having actually found a good move for a change, I went ahead of myself!
I've now put this position through fritz (albeit briefly) and it does turn the position into a bit of a mess but fritz actually prefers black. Here's the update - because I didn't consider that after 9 Bxc6 - Kd8 that white can play 10. d4! and this saves the position for white but fritz does still like black's position.
I have amended the game here with some more analysis (some of it mine and admittedly some of it in collaboration with fritz).
It's not a case of "ner ner ner ner ner" or "I told you I was right" because you pointed out the best response for white. The analysis after 10. Kd8 in this next game is most likely flawed in some way as it's been cobbled together fairly quickly but it does look to me like black is slightly better in all of the "sensible" lines (i.e. where neither side is playing "??" moves!)
What do you think guys?
by IM Daniel Rensch
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With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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