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Orciety

So, recently I got hit with a bunch of weird openings. Please give me some advice on what to do when my opponent plays stuff like b4.

M1m1c15
Make sure the move your making isn’t a blunder and be more careful when you move focus on developing minor pieces
Anonymous_Chess_Warrior
Just control the center and develop your pieces like you should everygame
Paleobotanical

One suggestion about this:  Keep your eyes open for pieces being able to move in ways you're not used to, as well as potential attacks you might not be used to seeing.  Sometimes when an opponent does something weird, I've found there are great opportunities to be found to punish them for it.

Orciety

Thanks!

Ubik42
It’s easy to underestimate them. Remember that below master all openings are sound.
Penguin4096

after b4 I reccomend e5. If they were smart they'd play something like b5 or Ba3. After b5, I recommend you just attack that b pawn, and for Ba3  just continue developing.

blueemu
Orciety wrote:

So, recently I got hit with a bunch of weird openings. Please give me some advice on what to do when my opponent plays stuff like b4.

You could try answering his weird opening with good moves.

Arnaut10

Stick to basic principles unless you see his moves are weakining some important squares and you should react to it (punish it) immediately. You will have a better position out of the opening for sure and have an easier time making moves that can be enough to win you the game. Problem comes when you join him in doing dubious moves and he gets back to equality. After the game analyze it and find the best way to play against that. If you lose than you should work on winning won positions.

tygxc

Develop pieces into play and control the center. Think of what downsides opponent's move has and how you could profit from those. For example 1 b4 commits to Bb2, so a possible plan is 1 b4 e5 2 Bb2 f6 so that Bb2 stares on your pawn chain i.e. bites on granite. Another downside of 1 b4 is that squares a4 and c4 are weakened, so at some later point you may land a knight there.

JubilationTCornpone

This is something I've been working on lately.  I have progressed a bit on it, but only a bit.  Because if their opening is just a bit "weird" and not entirely "bad," then they are only giving up half a pawn or so, which is not much to a 1300 like me...in fact, in might be worth less than the clock time I waste figuring out what they are doing, which might be their strategy.

So, what can you do?  Two things.  Play good principles.  Just get pawns in the center.  Develop your pieces.  Knights first, probably (they are easier to know where they go).  Then bishops, queen, and castle.  Let him be silly.  You be solid.  Don't waste time.

The other thing, which I've done lately...use the game reviewer to see if there's certain positions you are always losing.  I was able to realize, for example, that I generally get smashed by the Pirc.  Then I was able to realize why...down to overlooking one move, really.  There were a couple other things along those lines I was able to find.  So you could try that.

It probably only gains you a few rating points though--because you are just back to even--but it's something.

aflfooty

Be careful with the polish opening. b5 is the goal and losing the Center is not as bad as it seems. 

korotky_trinity
Orciety wrote:

So, recently I got hit with a bunch of weird openings. Please give me some advice on what to do when my opponent plays stuff like b4.

They advise... in the such cases... just follow the main ideas for the opening of the game.

Occupy the centre of the board... make castle... develop your minor pieces... and so on.

korotky_trinity

Or resign. ))

korotky_trinity
JubilationTCornpone wrote:

This is something I've been working on lately.  I have progressed a bit on it, but only a bit.  Because if their opening is just a bit "weird" and not entirely "bad," then they are only giving up half a pawn or so, which is not much to a 1300 like me...in fact, in might be worth less than the clock time I waste figuring out what they are doing, which might be their strategy.

So, what can you do?  Two things.  Play good principles.  Just get pawns in the center.  Develop your pieces.  Knights first, probably (they are easier to know where they go).  Then bishops, queen, and castle.  Let him be silly.  You be solid.  Don't waste time.

The other thing, which I've done lately...use the game reviewer to see if there's certain positions you are always losing.  I was able to realize, for example, that I generally get smashed by the Pirc.  Then I was able to realize why...down to overlooking one move, really.  There were a couple other things along those lines I was able to find.  So you could try that.

It probably only gains you a few rating points though--because you are just back to even--but it's something.

In fact... now I think... that these "positional moves" are very important in Chess.

Look how Nepo get not good position in almost every game with Magnus.

Arnaut10

don't stop your opponent beating himself

Orciety
CheckeredChessBoard wrote:

did he play the bongcloud

Um I was not talking about a specific person, just in general and no, I never got the boncloud lol

ChesswithGautham

Take the Defeating Pet openings lesson happy.png