Thinking Your Way to Chess Mastery: Episode 3, The Hedgehog

  • IM Nezhmet
  • | Jun 3, 2010

This is the companion article for the third Video installment of "Thinking your way to chess mastery."


In this installment we are considering the topical Hedgehog opening and how to meet it as white with directed, purposeful play.



We'll talk about this Ginsburg-Yudasin game in the video installment and you can answer the video questions as comments to this companion article.


I will recap the questions here.


  • 6 years ago


    yes it's funny i want another stratégy for amateur like

    the petrov 1  e4 e5 2Nf3 Nf6 3 d4 for example i want agame in this line think you (here the grand master boris gelfend is a spécialiste of pétrov défense

    why not we paly it?

    AND becoming a grand master so

    and also  THIS lign 1e4 e5 2 NF3 Nf6 3 d4 N*e4 4 Bd3 d5 5 N*e5 NbD7 6 Nc3( in this  line the grand master hichem hamdouci play in white 6 Nc3 very nice it's goud idéa 

    and i want some game 1d4 Nf6 2 Nf3

    and some game just to see how to think about 1e4 c5 seriously

    playing _ dragon (like mangus karlsen n01 in the world) 5 Nc3 g6 (how to develop it??? Good question and how to castle in the dragon???)

    or          -or playing center game with 2d4 or 2 f4

    or playin najdorf

    or playing taimanov

    or playing rossilimo

    or playing richter roser 

    in my mind this how i see the chessgame  somme other fondamentale question is after 1 e4 what i should palay 

    1 frensh very dangerous and need a high level to play

    1 secilien i should be carefoul 

    1 scandinavien not played match

  • 6 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    It's funny, this B to e4 idea can be used in other sicilians.  For example, Murray Chandler used it against me in a Paulsen at Lloyds Bank.  It's a very good idea to get black's dangerous b7 bishop off the board after an e4-e5 break.

  • 6 years ago


    Ok, so if I'm gonna win a pawn then why not defend f7 at the same time?  Which gave the line 16.e5 dxe5 17.dxe5 Ng4 18.Ng5 Ngxe5 19.Nce4 Be7 20.Nd6 when black still seems to callapse.  Still just feels like number crunching to me.  I get it, black is lost after 16.e5, it just seems like over the top justice of caissa to me.  I understand what nezhmet says, it just leaves me feeling sad for chess.

  • 6 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    The big chance came at move 16.  16. e5!  After missing that, black was able to equalize with a timely Rad8.  The key (buried inside gorilla biscuit's comment) is that the white squared bishop for white should be traded for black counterpart, and then black's weak dark squares are exposed.  Explore the variations after 16. e5 to see how it's done (Be4 opposing the Bb7).


    Watch the video (coming shortly) for more information.

  • 6 years ago


    whites mistake was not playing aggressive period.  And silly moves like Ng5??? then push e pawn to e5 imaturely???  What drove me crazy was 2 moves wasted on a bishop to get it at b1, how can you have such a rating and make that bishop even more innaffective?  The whole purpose of Ng5 was a sacrifice, but with 3 non purpose moves i would of simply pushed the h pawn.  Its so obvious that white let blacks higher ranking decide the match instead of just using common sense strategy.  I see this in almost half of the games shown on this website where the lower ranking player lets his position go to waste.  There are obvious flaws in this hedgehog setup becase as you can see the kingside can be shredded without help from the queen or rook or white bishop. should be showing more games that are upsets instead of psychological downfalls.  Im not complaining im just saying the truth.

  • 6 years ago


    Black did'nt do anything, but it seemed to be enough.

  • 6 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    This video installment (coming soon) will explain white's effective and dangerous opening setup (B on d3 and b2, R on d1 and f1), recommended by Nunn and others in an old Philips & Drew tournament book from the early 80s.  White missed a winning shot on move 16 in the above game, 16. e5!.  But the trick is to get the pieces working in order to have a winning shot.  They don't occur that often in the opening phase versus strong players.

  • 6 years ago


    I use the Hedgehog setup with the Black pieces vs the English, the London System, and sometimes the Colle system.  One of its merits is keeping things flexible in the center and preserving options in positions that are unlikely to go sterile.

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