Early Qh5 adventures - part 1

Early Qh5 adventures - part 1

Mar 23, 2016, 5:40 PM |

Some months ago I started to play Qh5 on the third or fourth move in several games.

Surprisingly it gave me more success than I expected.

You probably know that GM Nakamura played an early Qh5 at least one time in a classical game.

When I showed some of my games with an early Qh5 to the old chess master I analyse with, he said that years ago there was a player who would always play 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5

In my games I have been playing 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 and now depending on how black continues, I have tried 3.Qh5.

Let's look at some quick ones :

But even a 2000+ player got confused by it :

There are however some players who do know how to deal with the early Qh5 after black has played Nb8-c6.

Lately I came to the conclusion that after 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 the move 3.Qh5 is actually quite nice and "safe" to play.

Another quick one :

My conclusion after testing :

  • Quite a lot of players do not know very well how to play against an early Qh5 in several lines
  • Some of these players err later on in the same line
  • An early Qh5 is pretty well playable in the 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5 line. In the lines with 2.Nc6 it makes less sense to play it.