Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Ware Defense

Jun 14, 2014, 10:41 AM |

>>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<<

The following diagram shows the initial set-up of the Ware Defense in the 1. b4 opening - a relatively unpopular continuation for Black: 

Black immediately attacks White's b-pawn aiming to create some counter-play on the queenside right away. However this response by Black is considered to be a waste of tempo that helps White to advance his pawn to b5.

The resulting position favors White and the misguided 1... a5 poses no real challenge in the opening

P.S. There is no official name for the 1. b4 a5 variation. The name "Ware Defense" was chosen by analogy with the 1. e4 a5 opening which carries the name of "Ware DefenseCool

>>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<<

More about the Sokolsky:
Exchange variation

Czech Defense

Outflank Variation
Main Line

Baltic Defense
King's Indian Variation

German Defense
Bugayev Advance Variation
Sokolsky Gambit (Accepted)

Sokolsky Gambit (Declined)
Queen's Indian Variation
Dutch Defense

Advance Variation

Birmingham Gambit
Symmetrical Variation
Grigorin Variation