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Reti Opening: Is it good?

  • #21

    The reason why people like the Reti Opening is not because it puts Black at a significant disadvantage, but because of its flexibility.

    Each pawn move you make cannot be reversed - this makes each pawn push/capture a committal move. However, knight moves are different - as knights are much more mobile than pawns (which is why they're worth more), each knight move isn't as committal. As a result, the Reti opening is a decent choice for players who don't want to commit any pawn moves too early.

    Why, you may ask, isn't Nc3 a more common opening then? It's a reasonable knight move as well! The counter-argument is that the c-pawn is a pawn which is moved in many openings, usually to accompany a pawn at d4, either side-by-side or supporting it, in controlling the center if e4 can't be played. However, Nc3 blocks the c-pawn which is usually better pushed forward one or two squares from moving (unless you plan on moving the knight and playing c4, which will cost you at least one tempo for the knight move). However, the reverse isn't true; it is true that Nf3 blocks the f-pawn, but it usually shouldn't be moved anyway (there's a reason why it's sometimes called the "forget-about-it pawn"). Plus, the kingside knight's development is more important than the queenside knight's development as 1) it helps castling and 2) it helps in protecting the king. As a result, Nf3 is played much more often than Nc3 as it doesn't block the c-pawn (and since the f-pawn shouldn't be moved anyway).

    As Nf3 is played in many openings, the Reti can be transposed to other openings. This means that the Reti can "transform" into many openings e.g the QGD:

    The KID:

    Or even the Sicilian:

    So the three (or one, since all of them are sort of synonymous) reasons why people play the Reti is because:

    • It has many transpositional possibilities
    • It's not committal
    • The kingside knight's best square is f3 anyway
  • #22

    #6 post awesome !!! notice how the chess notation was in german these days, S=Springer(Knight), T=Turm (Rook), L=Läufer (Bishop), D=Dame (Queen)   

  • #23
    KingsKrusher99 wrote:

    The Reti: 1. Nf3, is it good?


    Of course it is good.  If it wasn't it would probably be named A00 "Out of Book."  

    The real question is:  Is it good for you?

    If you like playing it,then probably yes.

  • #24
    comooooo wrote:

    #6 post awesome !!! notice how the chess notation was in german these days, S=Springer(Knight), T=Turm (Rook), L=Läufer (Bishop), D=Dame (Queen)   

     

    LOL - and I always thought that those using that notation were using the letters for Stallion (Knight), Tower (Rook), Llama (Bishop), and Darling (Queen)!  Shows you my German ignorance!

  • #25
    _Number_6 wrote:
    KingsKrusher99 wrote:

    The Reti: 1. Nf3, is it good?


    Of course it is good.  If it wasn't it would probably be named A00 "Out of Book."  

    The real question is:  Is it good for you?

    If you like playing it,then probably yes.

     

    "If you like playing it, then probably yes."  WHAT??????   So if I like playing 1.f3 and 2.g4, then it's probably good for me?  I hear it has a very high loss ratio, but maybe I like to play it!

  • #26
    ThrillerFan wrote:
    _Number_6 wrote:
    KingsKrusher99 wrote:

    The Reti: 1. Nf3, is it good?


    Of course it is good.  If it wasn't it would probably be named A00 "Out of Book."  

    The real question is:  Is it good for you?

    If you like playing it,then probably yes.

     

    "If you like playing it, then probably yes."  WHAT??????   So if I like playing 1.f3 and 2.g4, then it's probably good for me?  I hear it has a very high loss ratio, but maybe I like to play it!


    If you like losing early rock on with 1.f3 2. g4  It ain't the Reti.  Personally I enjoy playing openings that develop to a playable middle game with chances.  I assume most have a similar outlook.

    At the OP's, mine, and even your rating it isn't the opening that's dubious.

  • #27
    ThrillerFan wrote:
    _Number_6 wrote:
    KingsKrusher99 wrote:

    The Reti: 1. Nf3, is it good?

    Of course it is good.  If it wasn't it would probably be named A00 "Out of Book."
    The real question is:  Is it good for you?
    If you like playing it,then probably yes.

    "If you like playing it, then probably yes."  WHAT??????   So if I like playing 1.f3 and 2.g4, then it's probably good for me?  I hear it has a very high loss ratio, but maybe I like to play it!

    Is the word, "probably", often used to indicate an awareness of exceptions?

  • #28

    #22 darling loll

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