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# I hate the Bishop's openning

• #1

How do I take the a2-g8 diagonal away from white when they play the bishops openning?

This openning annoys me to no end because it restricts my piece's movement and feel I cant develop to good squares.

• #2

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 doesn't restrict anything nor does it prevent you from making perfectly sound developing moves, the only "problem" for Black when facing dud openings like this one is deciding on which of several perfectly sound lines to play against it. Start looking it up in the Game Explorer here and try out some lines that look good to you for Black. And start learning basic elements of opening theory which will help you face openings you're not familiar with.

All of the below are working links, check them out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop's_Opening (this link don't work, cut and paste it in your browser addr window. It's a very good article)

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz27.txt

• #3

A fairly reliable line advocated by many authorities is 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 (3.d4 is IMO a bad move, while 3.Qe2 is quite playable, but not dangerous) 3...c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 and now Black can choose between the direct 5...Bd6 or the more sophisticated 5...Bb4+. In both cases he has an equal game.

Oh, and I have to disagree with NimzoRoy- Goeller's articles on the Urusov are half baked and totally misleading, simply because they are terribly biased, and mr. Goeller cannot really tell between a good move and a bad one.

Probably useful to game collectors, and noone else.

• #4

You could be cheeky and play 2...Bc5

The modern master to play the bishops opening was Larsen.

• #5

I would also like to point out 2...Nc6 to offer a transposition to the Italian Game.

• #6
linuxblue1 wrote:

You could be cheeky and play 2...Bc5

The modern master to play the bishops opening was Larsen.

Well Larsen really liked to play unusual openings such as the bird's and nimzo-larsen.

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