Cooking the Fox
Don't these boards seem strange? Surely your first thoughts may have been "This is lame", "you're going against all the opening recommendations", "I'm going to win easily" or something similar. But I'm going to start my blog showing you my ideas about these openings. If you don't mind, I'll get the white side to play the Fried Fox and black to be the "Normal player", because the Fried fox defense (2...Kf7) is quite more common.
The most important thing of the Hammerschlag it's the psychological aspect: once you're in, all the studied theory is useless(well, it is not, but forces your opponent to be more creative)! It's perfect do defeat the "book player", who memorizes the openings but does not know how to handle new lines.
The normal reaction of someone who has never seen this opening, as said, is to think that he/she can easily win the game, so starts checking your king. Moves as 2... Qh4+ or 2... Bc5+ might be some of the first ideas. Just don't get panicked, cover the checks with your pawns, develop your pieces in the space behind your pawns and NEVER get your king back to e1 unless you are forced.
The other big 'threat' in here is a massive pawn attack, trying to open your king's position. Again, DON'T PANICK! In case of your opponent moving pawns to the front, just develop your pieces or prepare your pawn wall to resist. Your defense will depend here on how much pawns come to you. For example, an easy case to cover would be:
As you might see in the above boards, white just gives the initiative to black, so how to play in here? Just don't worry, your position is more solid than it seems; so play calm and trade pieces. When you arrive to an endgame, your king will be in a better position than the opponent's one.
The biggest problem of this opening is that, even though your position is not weak, the smallest mistake makes it very vulnerable, so be sure to practice before putting it in practice. I'm still trying to get some good lines after the first moves, but this opening is a nics surprise trick to bear in mind for bullet games. As an example, here goes a game I won in bullet:
And at last but not least, I'll post my online games started with this opening. Here goes the first one, with computer analysis:
P.S: I am not responsible of the use you make of the hammerschlag opening. Please do not try at home unless you're sure you will be able to handle your position.