What do you like to play with Black against e4?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #41


    Airut wrote:

    Even against center with three pawns where white didnt play Bc4 or a4? o.O

    Being a former supporter of the Modern, you pretty much nailed it.  If White doesn't play Bc4 or a4 (the latter being the preferable one), the Hippo is a sorry defense, and White gets a huge advantage.  Different story all together if White commits to Bc4 or a4 (or Both is actually the best scenario for Black).

    Now-a-days, Petroff, all the time!  All attempts to avoid it by White are futile.  I had 5 opponents all attempt to avoid the Petroff at the US Open, and I scored 4.5/5 against the scrubs.  The last round I only needed a draw.  I'd have taken the win if I could find one, but was content with the draw.

    Two of them basically played an Exchange French by transposition (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Nf6 6.d4 d5), and the other 3 all played the Spanish Four Knights (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5).  The only two games I've lost since taking up the Petroff against 1.e4 were both cases where White went straight into the main lines against the Petroff.  I've also won a time or two when White has done that, but when White tries to avoid the Petroff, I'm really happy.  I almost already know that I won't get beat.  Draw in the worst case scenario.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #43


    Taimanov Sicilian.I play e4 too and the Taimanov annoys me the most.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #44


    Almost always play 1. ... e5.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #45


    If I'm feeling aggressive, I'll play the Sveshnikov, but usually just play the Caro-Kann.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #46


    sicilian sveshnikov

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #47


    1...e5 and the Sch*pleghm*eveningen

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #48


    Sicilian Najdorf.

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  • 2 years ago · Quote · #51


    Any of the Sicilians.  

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #52


    No, Najdorf.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #53


    French here

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #54


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #55


    Modern Defense, the most elastic opening with black. 

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