Why does everyone play the Bowdler Attack?

TeamCobra

I play a lot of the sicilian defense, and lots of players respond with the bowdler attack for white, just because apparently the opening explorer says it is better. Why? It's not that good of an opening. It's not too hard to refute.

I'm not saying that it's unfair, in fact I'm quite happy when a player goes with the bowdler attack because it's not one of white's best moves.

masterfowler

my guess is 1.they dont know any theory or 2.they want to avoid theory...i recently lost an otb game against a player playing this...we are both 1400s...i was up the exchange in the early middlegame but by exchanging pieces i gave him a protected passed pawn...obviously i was angry with myself after outplaying him in the opening ☺

poucin

it is simple : your opponents are near beginner's level : they play everything like a giuoco piano so Nf3-Bc4 etc...

mickynj

1) They don't. Most players don't play 2.Bc4 2) They are not experienced players and Bc4 seems like a good way to develop. As they get more experience, they will see the drawbacks. 3) It's not that bad!

DeirdreSkye

If 2.Na3 can be reasonable and perfectly playable why 2.Bc4 can't be? 

 

oregonpatzer

I don't know, but I've noticed the same thing.  When I was young, the Sicilian usually proceeded 2. Nf3, 2...Nc6, 3. d4, 3...cxd4, etc., but today's young people have strange music and strange chess moves.      

pfren
DeirdreSkye έγραψε:

If 2.Na3 can be reasonable and perfectly playable why 2.Bc4 can't be? 

 

2.Bc4 is a developing move, which puts a bishop on a potentially exposed square.

2.Na3 is a sophisticated move (maybe a tad too sophisticated?) which plays what white thinks is the best "waiting" move. There are several transpositions aftser 2.Na3 to a reversed English opening, but the main idea is supposed to be 1.e4 c5 2.Na3!? Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4, when there is no knight at c3 (like in the Tiviakov Grand Prix) and the d4 knight can be kicked with c2-c3.

Anand has a terrific score as Black in the line 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4!? 3.Nd5 Bc5. How bad the extra move Na3 can be?

DeirdreSkye
pfren wrote:
DeirdreSkye έγραψε:

If 2.Na3 can be reasonable and perfectly playable why 2.Bc4 can't be? 

 

2.Bc4 is a developing move, which puts a bishop on a potentionally exposed square.

2.Na3 is a sophisticated move (maybe a tad too sophisticated?) which plays what white thinks is the best "waiting" move. There are several transpositions aftser 2.Na3 to a reversed English opening, but the main idea is supposed to be 1.e4 c5 2.Na3!? Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4, when there is no knight at c3 (like in the Tiviakov Grand Prix) and the d4 knight can be kicked with c2-c3.

Anand has a terrific score as Black in the line 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4!? 3.Nd5 Bc5. How bad the extra move Na3 can be?

     Don't get me wrong , I love moves like 2.Na3 that in the long run prove deep and rich in ideas.If nothing else they show creativity.

    But opening theory is a very weird animal.Tiviakov and many 2500+ players have played 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4.Regarding the pawn structure nothing has changed so obviously the bishop is exposed to ...e6-d5 or ...a6-b5 attacks again, right? Black lost a move with his knight but white also lost one with his bishop.Is Nd4 so much more exposed to compensate white for the exposed Bc4? 

    

Yigor

Bowlder attack is quite good and 3...d5 is not a problem for white.

VasiliMoscow

Hi! My favorite answer to the Sicilian defense is Alapin's variation or Delayed Alapin. It seems to me that this is a flexible system.

VasiliMoscow

And on the subject of your question - you do not ask why every second with a rating below 1000 is trying to put "stupid mate" or "children's mate"?)

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mecuelgalapieza

They are begginers and are trying Bc4 Qf3 Qf7++ or Bc4 Nf3 Ng5 Bxf7+