Hallway Chess: @vickalan VS @PixelByPixel

captaintugwash

Vickalan posted - "Not sure, but due to the smaller board, White might have a slight advantage in this game (or a little more than compared to normal chess)."

 

I don't agree, I think the opposite is true. White's advantage is much smaller, black shoukd be able to draw pretty easily. I can't see a GM losing a game of this.

PixelByPixel

Good game, @vickalan ! I’m glad I got to play this.

And 5 becomes 4...

captaintugwash

I'd go further and say if this were properly analysed, opening theory would quickly find ways for black to force a draw. This variety of chess might be at its best right now, in its infancy, before anyone actually looks deeply into it.

 

I mean, maybe even I can find an opening that draws for black. Let me take a look...

captaintugwash

Ok if black opens with

1... d6

2... Bd7

3... 0-0

4... Ke8

5... Rd8

 

I don't see how white can break this fortress without giving up material, and that probably loses, rather than wins.

 

I can't say for sure it's drawn, but I wouldn't enjoy being white against someone whose intent is to draw.

 

I think white can only win if black tries to win, or is not competent enough to hold his defence.

hitthepin
We should test it
captaintugwash

I refuse to play with the mindset of drawing. I'll play for a draw when all hope of victory is lost, but never from the start.