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What is the worst named opening

Zanoodle

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

Alramech
Zanoodle wrote:

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

I would argue that the Grob is appropriately named because the person who popularized it was a person named Grob. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grob%27s_Attack)

The Queen's Gambit is especially notorious for not being an actual gambit, so technically I would put my money on that opening for the worst name.

karmester
Alramech wrote:
Zanoodle wrote:

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

I would argue that the Grob is appropriately named because the person who popularized it was a person named Grob. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grob%27s_Attack)

The Queen's Gambit is especially notorious for not being an actual gambit, so technically I would put my money on that opening for the worst name.

I believe the OP meant 'the worst possible opening with a name', rather than 'the worst name for an opening'. happy.png But I agree with you!

@Zanoodle, I think it's the Barnes Opening:

 

Firstly, it exposes your king and does absolutely nothing to attack the center, or put together any attack at all for that matter. It's practically putting yourself at a disadvantage while simultaneously giving away the initiative to black.

And secondly, it's the first move of the Scholars Mate, so you could already be halfway to getting checkmated happy.png

The Grob can be useful sometimes, although I will admit it is quite a terrible opening. Nonetheless, it's fun to play around with. At least it generates some form of a kingside attack.

Mr_Winawer
barondali wrote:
Alramech wrote:
Zanoodle wrote:

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

I would argue that the Grob is appropriately named because the person who popularized it was a person named Grob. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grob%27s_Attack)

The Queen's Gambit is especially notorious for not being an actual gambit, so technically I would put my money on that opening for the worst name.

I believe the OP meant 'the worst possible opening with a name', rather than 'the worst name for an opening'. But I agree with you!

@Zanoodle, I think it's the Barnes Opening:

 

Firstly, it exposes your king and does absolutely nothing to attack the center, or put together any attack at all for that matter. It's practically putting yourself at a disadvantage while simultaneously giving away the initiative to black.

And secondly, it's the first move of the Scholars Mate, so you could already be halfway to getting checkmated

The Grob can be useful sometimes, although I will admit it is quite a terrible opening. Nonetheless, it's fun to play around with. At least it generates some form of a kingside attack.

please explain my astonishing hundred percent win rate with it then 

PSV-1988

1. f3 is quite possibly the very worst opening move of all. For the reasons barondali already stated, and it also takes away the f3 square for the Knight. Also it really doesn't gain anything, where moves like a4, h4 and g4 at least gain some space and don't hinder natural development.

Infinite_Blitz

coca cola gambit 

12Knaves

The Damiano Defense after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6?! Its a bad name because A) Damiano was an Italian dude who literally wrote about how garbage that move was, and somehow they names it after him. B) you're trying to defend the e pawn but come on, any 1000+ player would know it doesn't ACTUALLY protect the e pawn. Its an insult to call it a legitimate 'defence'.

 

MagicalScarecrow

The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings - Chess.com

MagicalScarecrow

here's the link

PuffyFoot
Mr_Winawer wrote:
barondali wrote:
Alramech wrote:
Zanoodle wrote:

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

I would argue that the Grob is appropriately named because the person who popularized it was a person named Grob. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grob%27s_Attack)

The Queen's Gambit is especially notorious for not being an actual gambit, so technically I would put my money on that opening for the worst name.

I believe the OP meant 'the worst possible opening with a name', rather than 'the worst name for an opening'. But I agree with you!

@Zanoodle, I think it's the Barnes Opening:

 

Firstly, it exposes your king and does absolutely nothing to attack the center, or put together any attack at all for that matter. It's practically putting yourself at a disadvantage while simultaneously giving away the initiative to black.

And secondly, it's the first move of the Scholars Mate, so you could already be halfway to getting checkmated

The Grob can be useful sometimes, although I will admit it is quite a terrible opening. Nonetheless, it's fun to play around with. At least it generates some form of a kingside attack.

please explain my astonishing hundred percent win rate with it then 

So you’re one of these Grob playing weirdos.

karmester
PuffyFoot wrote:
Mr_Winawer wrote:
barondali wrote:
Alramech wrote:
Zanoodle wrote:

What is the worst possible named opening to play? 

~ I would say the grob?

I would argue that the Grob is appropriately named because the person who popularized it was a person named Grob. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grob%27s_Attack)

The Queen's Gambit is especially notorious for not being an actual gambit, so technically I would put my money on that opening for the worst name.

I believe the OP meant 'the worst possible opening with a name', rather than 'the worst name for an opening'. But I agree with you!

@Zanoodle, I think it's the Barnes Opening:

 

Firstly, it exposes your king and does absolutely nothing to attack the center, or put together any attack at all for that matter. It's practically putting yourself at a disadvantage while simultaneously giving away the initiative to black.

And secondly, it's the first move of the Scholars Mate, so you could already be halfway to getting checkmated

The Grob can be useful sometimes, although I will admit it is quite a terrible opening. Nonetheless, it's fun to play around with. At least it generates some form of a kingside attack.

please explain my astonishing hundred percent win rate with it then 

So you’re one of these Grob playing weirdos.

No, he's one of those Barnes playing weirdos happy.png

icyboyyy

coca cola gambit is weirdest name

 

karmester
icyboyyy wrote:

coca cola gambit is weirdest name

 

I've just looked it up in the Explorer, and it says the opening has never been played by a master. I wonder how it got its name, then... Or why it even has one!

icyboyyy

yeah

DreamscapeHorizons

Bongcloud. It sounds like an opening that was named while 2 dudes were playing chess while smoking weed in a bong and one of them thought of a funny stupid opening and played it as a joke. Then while they were giggling hysterically (partly from the weed, partly from the opening) decided bongcloud was the perfect name for it. That's probably what really happened. Now it's part of chess history. 

darkbrah7654

I think its the damian defense for black. it's probably even more bad than the grob and barnes combined. Here is a extreme variation from the damian where black can resign after a few moves.

 

StephanTimmy

I think the Barnes opening: Hammershlang Variation which goes

1. f3 e5 2. Kf2?

Danimal77

I once played a game, indian defense and my opponent played the paleface kinder gambit. Oof

Danimal77

Linder

Infinite_Blitz
darkbrah7654 wrote:

I think its the damian defense for black. it's probably even more bad than the grob and barnes combined. Here is a extreme variation from the damian where black can resign after a few moves.

 

I like h4 first before d4