Is it just me or is it in some way harder to play patzers because they don't do expected things and you get caught off guard? I guess when someone just puts the queen out I have to turn off all the theory and just chase her around the board? Not my favorite way to play, I'm here to learn better habits, not bad ones....
I couldn't agree more. sadly it is just a reality in lower rated blitz games. I really have to wonder how often scholars mate must work for so many to keep trying it. even if it does is that any way to really get better. I try so hard to punish 2nd move queen openings but the problems is if you let your guard down it can lead to mad frustrating games..
No, not at all. It's simply a matter of figuring out why the opponent's moves suck and destroying them. Could not be easier in fact!
If they bring out the queen early, simply develop in a sensible way and, if you can hit the queen while developing (not hard) then by God do it! In fact, often you can sacrifice a pawn to develop even faster (see the game between Kasparov and David Letterman for a good example of this!)
Ok, so I just played this game (black) and won but it's nothing to be proud of. I got suckered into deflecting the knight guard on the pawn. I do like my knight sacrafice at the end but like I said, not my favorite way to play.
bharvey, take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HujWLARJyNYAfter that video, you'll never be afraid again of this attack!
thanks everyone for the feedback!