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R_De_Siota

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[Quote from: "mjgayle52"]
[Quote from: "R_De_Siota"]
[Quote from: "mjgayle52"] i hate memorizing openings but eventually one seems to have little choice.



If you think of transpositional possibilities instead of specific variations you will give yourself a lot more flexibility. The scenic route can be far more interesting than the direct route sometimes.

i tend to think in terms of target configurations - but - in some sharp lines move order is ignored at one's peril.



A very good point, and it also holds true in 'reversed' openings. A bad line for black in the Sicilian may be a good line for white in the English, and vice versa. But your 'targeting' it what my idea of transposing hinges on. Piece placement and pawn structure. How many ways can you reach a position? Shuffle the move order a bit. But use some sense. I wouldn't recommend trying to get to a Samisch King's Indian by playing 1.f3, but there is probably someone who could do it.







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[Quote from: "R_De_Siota"]
[Quote from: "mjgayle52"] i hate memorizing openings but eventually one seems to have little choice.



If you think of transpositional possibilities instead of specific variations you will give yourself a lot more flexibility. The scenic route can be far more interesting than the direct route sometimes.

i tend to think in terms of target configurations - but - in some sharp lines move order is ignored at one's peril.







R_De_Siota

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Originally posted by: "mjgayle52"
i hate memorizing openings but eventually one seems to have little choice.




If you think of transpositional possibilities instead of specific variations you will give yourself a lot more flexibility. The scenic route can be far more interesting than the direct route sometimes.







apctguy

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Because I'm a 1.Nf3 player I've seen this and used it myself. After 1. Nf3, Nf6 2. b3
It's the Nimzo-Larsen Attack. Bent Larsen loved to experiment with new positions..which he knew better than his opponents .. winning a lot of points...







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Originally posted by: "armstrong789"
New in Chess Yearbook 117 (2015) has an abundance of fresh new analysis of 1.b3 with GM Baadur Jobava saying "1.b3 was like a breath of fresh air" and winning quite a few games as white.


Didn't Larsen used to play this with quite a bit of tournament success? I really need a chess database







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New in Chess Yearbook 117 (2015) has an abundance of fresh new analysis of 1.b3 with GM Baadur Jobava saying "1.b3 was like a breath of fresh air" and winning quite a few games as white.







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in a new tournament i rotate through e4, d4 and c4 with an occasional Nf3 thrown in for good measure. with black i also experiment. i hate memorizing openings but eventually one seems to have little choice.







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GM Edmar Mednis said: "There are 5 good ways to open a game of chess (1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.Nf3, and 1.g3), and 2 mediocre ways (1.f4 and 1.b3). Anything else is pointless." The Sokolsky-Orangutang players (1.b4) have been offended ever since. Mednis considered the St. George (1...a6) as pointless. Definitely not a fan of the A00 section of the ECO apparently...







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Don't forget Karpov's loss to Tony Miles after 1.e4, a6 2. d4, b5 ! anything is possible...







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Sat Apr 16 2016 10:32PM | MsgID: 18973641


Originally posted by: "mjgayle52"
Ock has made at least 21 first moves and 22 replies for black - some may not have been legal



Depends whether you count resigning, or offering a draw, as legal moves at the start of a game. And then, there's also tipping up the chessboard (not so easy with internet chess), or just walking away.







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