BAPTISM IN THE VERESOV OPENING
Oct 26, 2017, 3:37 PM 0
The Veresov is a rarely played opening, except in correspondence chess where I first saw an example of it. It is the sort of opening that appeals to the aggressive players who want to get their opponents away from mainstream theory and book knowledge. It looks strange that the queens' knight blocks the c pawn, but there are choices of ways to play from here depending on how vicious you feel at the time. The first target is to double blacks pawns on the f file and/or build a strong pawn centre. the main answer would be 3....Nd7 to stop white doubling the pawns, but my opponent did not do that in the game below. White can aim for a big centre by playing 4.f3 first which is the sharper option, 4.e3 being quieter for the faint of heart. So with that introduction, find below my first ever use of this opening in a competitive game.