Must-Win Openings

  • #1

        Hey guys, I wwas just wondering. What kind of openings do you have for must-win situation? I would probably go for the Halloween Gambit as white and the Two Knight's Defense.

  • #2

    My games is all experience,My strategy,have formation the pieces for battle.

    I never read chess books, i don't know the kinds of move opening,what cicilian? ruy lopes? etc.i heard those never i search. I'm read my opponent move,ill do best counter move to play

  • #3

    The Trompowsky of course.

  • #4
    addiction_to_chess wrote:

        Hey guys, I wwas just wondering. What kind of openings do you have for must-win situation? I would probably go for the Halloween Gambit as white and the Two Knight's Defense.


    Halloween gambit?! Yikes. That's a really dangerous choice for a "must-win" since there is a known way to 'refute' the gambit by giving back material. (look it up)

    If you're in a must-win game I'd suggest simply going with something strong that keeps/gains the initiative, or something uncommon but playable. I'm talking stuff like the Vienna Game and the Muzio Gambit if you're REALLY feeling lucky, or as Black probably a Benoni or a strong counterattacking Sicilian line.

  • #5

    You would seriously go for the Halloween Gambit in a must win situation? You do realize that if Black plays correctly against it there's no way you're gonna win ^^...

    There's no such thing as an opening that leads to a win by force. However, Weaver Adams once claimed in his book 'White to Play and Win' that the Bishop's Opening does that^^, mabe you should try that xD...

  • #6

    Can someone post the moves to the halloween gambit

  • #7

    No, no, no. What I'm asking is what would you play if for example you needed a win to let's say share first place. The Halloween gambit actually has no clear refutation as even if he gives back the knight, I can still create a murky position with chances for both sides. (now, where to find that line I saw...) Anyways, I'm asking on what YOU would play in this situation, not to give suggestions for me. (And to anyone who does not know the Halloween Gambit, it starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5!?)

  • #8

    The best thing you can hope for in a must win game is that you are facing an opponent who is also facing the same situation. In this case the game is VERY likely to be decisive.

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