Opening preparation - The Barry Attack
Some time ago I got a request to write about the Barry Attack, an off-beat line after 1.d4 played with great success by GM Mark Hebden.
I looked up a thing or two on the Barry Attack, since I don't play it myself (Perhaps I should try it, and write part 2 of this posting), and after some searching I found an article with a refreshing approach for black, where GM Hebden loses to an IM who plays a novelty, going for active counter play.
Read more about this game here : http://kgwm.blogspot.com/2013/08/blasting-barry-attack-by-junior-tay.html
At amateur level the Barry Attack can be a dangerous attacking line for white. Black needs to know what is going in there.
Personally I don't really like to put a knight on c3 blocking the c2 pawn in these kind of d4 positions, because c7c5 is sometimes quite annoying, ... though on the other hand I do play the Veresov with white (1.d4 2.Nc3 and then Bg5 or Bf4 (Jobava style) ) myself every now and then.
I guess I should try it myself in a few hundred blitz games to get an idea about the pros and cons of this line.
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