Thoughts on the Hungarian Defense?

Optimissed

Btw I think 5. Nc3 against Carlsen is horrible. Just a developing move but also a waste of a move, which leads to a game where Carlsen gets a development advantage in a slightly blocked position where knights are at least as good as bishops. In other words it allows instant equality. It isn't the way to go. I hope no-one will say that Pruijssers is 600 stronger than me and therefore he's right.

kamalakanta
Optimissed wrote:
kamalakanta wrote:
Optimissed wrote:

Logically, there is no way to punish 3. ...Be7 other than 4. d4. If it doesn't gain an advantage then nothing else will.

Note Bronstein's move order too. 1. d4.

 

Two things:

First of all,  nowadays some elite players play a slow game with the white pieces, to take the opponent out of the book. Carlsen is a good example.

 

Second of all, Bronstein’s example, although from a different move order or opening, was used to illustrate similar ideas in different systems.>>

But if the Hungarian Defence didn't give black a passive position then it would be far more popular at a higher level and the idea of playing a slower game doesn't in the slightest attempt to take advantage. Bronstein's game isn't an efficient way to try to take advantage. I'm pretty sure that 4. d4 would also be correct against Mr Young's Defence because that's the standard approach for such situations. Then you can play c3, Qb3 or whatever. Sometimes maybe Qd5.

I agree with you; it does give White more leeway. At the end of the day, whatever opening you choose, the main thing is if you feel comfortable playing the needs of that formation. Who was it, maybe Radjabov?, who said that all openings are playable and all lead to equality.....

Again, I must emphasize the importance of choosing systems which you are comfortable with; even if they are inferior. If you like the ideas and maneuvers that arise out of certain openings, if they fit your style, then I would encourage you or anybody to go for it.

Cetain Candidates' matches have been won or lost just on style! Spassky beat Geller playing incorrect opening systems, but they led to positions in which Geller felt uncomfortable (Spassky indicated that Bondarevsky, his coach, knew that Geller felt uncomfortable when his king was being attacked). So Spassky played the Closed Sicilian with White, and played it a bit recklessly, but with a certain initiative on the kingside. Strictly speaking, two games should have been won by Geller. But Geller went wrong, and Spassky won both games.

Spassky also beat Tal in a Candidates' match using psychological knowledge of the opponent....leading Tal to dry positions which did not suit his style....

So many factors come into play.

Optimissed

Yes, I know what it's like, the fear when a strong and tricky opponent is throwing caution to the wind and going for your king. The thing is to hold your nerve, counterattack at the right time. And after 30 years sometimes I try to be that strong and tricky opponent but it isn't really my game. I prefer to hover around my opponent's king like a small swarm of flies, constantly regrouping and looking to create weaknesses and openings right across the board by switching.

kamalakanta
Optimissed wrote:

Yes, I know what it's like, the fear when a strong and tricky opponent is throwing caution to the wind and going for your king. The thing is to hold your nerve, counterattack at the right time. And after 30 years sometimes I try to be that strong and tricky opponent but it isn't really my game. I prefer to hover around my opponent's king like a small swarm of flies, constantly regrouping and looking to create weaknesses and openings right across the board by switching.

At least you know your style a bit; I have been so inactive in the last 40 years, only playing one or two games per year in the last 10 years.....my "career", or you can call it my experience in chess was so short, and my background so shallow, I never got a real sense of the depth of the game.

Only now I have taken the time to look at many players (through game collections) and enjoy the history of the game more. It is so vast and deep, I can't keep up!

Best wishes in your games!

kamalakanta

Easy to underestimate the Hungarian Defense....