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  • #21

    c3 Sicilian.   AKA Alapin variation.  

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  • #23

    in short u play lines where u know u have bad pos if white reacts correctly...

    I think u chose the wrong game : it is chess, not poker...

    But more seriously, there is nothing wrong with what u play, and i would recommend u on Ndb5 to have a look at the cobra variation :

    Black doesnt fear Nd6 because of Ke7 (!), and on Bf4 (the main line but most will go for Nd6), simply 0-0 where the weakness on d6 square is not so problematic.

    7...Bb4 is another idea (if u want to avoid d6 which should transpose into Svechnikov), followed by d5 : it gives the bishop pair (after a3-Bxc3), but not a big issue.

  • #24

    Speaking of some very unexpected book moves I came across recently, check out these openings, often with an unexpected zwischenzug with a queen fork:



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  • #26

    In this line, white can have issues with e5 pawn, like in this game :


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  • #28
    LawAndOrderKing wrote:

    8. ... a6 nice little move! I think this Bc5-line is worth a try. thx poucin


    9. exf6.

  • #29

    Good points. The school year after the high school team I coached won the 3rd place team trophy in the State Scholastic Tournament - the only teams that beat us each had 2-3 Eastern European immigrants! - a USCF National Master came to our club's meeting to give a talk.

    My players asked him what openings he preferred and he surprised and opened their eyes when he replied, "I like any opening that gets me to a playable middlegame!"

    I taught my players openings like the Bishop's Opening or Vienna Game (where a K-side attack with f4 leading the way is usual) or French or Caro-Kann or Slav (where a Q-side attack with ...c5 leading the way is usual) because I wanted my players to focus on what they were going to do in the middlegame rather than mindlessly memorize a list of opening moves.


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