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ShamusMcFlannigan

I’ve started looking into the Open Spanish as a backup since it seems like a fun way to get an interesting game. I know theory seems to go back and forth on how practical of a choice that is though. Can any Open players let me know

a) is Nbd2 still the critical line (I play c3 as white)

b) how are blacks winning chances there, I vaguely recall a few lines that lead to endgames that favor white (including a knight sac that leads to a draw)

Yigor

Hey, post a diagram. peshka.png

ShamusMcFlannigan

Last I checked this was the most critical variation. White has a few ways to proceed as far as I remember. I was interested in hearing whether it is worth playing the black side or if white is having all the fun.

ShamusMcFlannigan

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Yigor

Open Spanish, Main Line. Nothing critical. tongue.png Best moves:

  • 9. c3
  • 9. Nbd2 Bernstein variation
  • 9. Qe2 Howell attack
  • 9. Be3

SF evaliation is about +0.4 (depth=24). settings.png

Tdrev
ShamusMcFlannigan wrote:

 I vaguely recall a few lines that lead to endgames that favor white (including a knight sac that leads to a draw)

 

You will find this in all openings. Its pretty rare to happen in actual games tho and even if white had prepared something like that, why would he play for a draw as white in a tournament. Dont worry too much about that happy.png

I also dont think players who want a draw would choose the spanish opening as white

ShamusMcFlannigan
Tdrev wrote:
ShamusMcFlannigan wrote:

 I vaguely recall a few lines that lead to endgames that favor white (including a knight sac that leads to a draw)

 

You will find this in all openings. Its pretty rare to happen in actual games tho and even if white had prepared something like that, why would he play for a draw as white in a tournament. Dont worry too much about that

I also dont think players who want a draw would choose the spanish opening as white

True enough, but some openings are more prone to this than others. When I played the French I still had a full game ahead in the exchange variation, but some openings leave white the option of playing for a win and cashing out with a draw if things start heading south.  I’ve looked into the Nbd2 lines though and they seem interesting enough for both sides.

i also know most players won’t go for a quick draw, but I dislike leaving them that option.  It’s really the main reason I’m not a diehard Zaitsev player.