Saturday, September 01, 2007


My Opening Repertoire

My general thoughts on the opening are in Simple Chess Opening Guidelines.

As Black I play 1...d6. This can become a Pirc, a King's Indian or a Moron. See Simple Opening Repertoire for Black: The King's House.

As White I play 1. e4 and often use the e4d4 repertoire.

Lately, against 1...e5 I play the Danish Gambit or Goring Gambit.

Against the Sicilian I play the Ken Smith Gambit, also known as the Smith-Morra Gambit. :-) A great story about the SMG: In fact, when Mario Campos Lopez played the French Defense (1...e6) instead of the Sicilian against Smith, Bent Larsen gave Lopez's move a question mark along with the comment "stronger is 1...c5 which wins a pawn".(WikiPedia).

I'll also play the King's Indian Attack (this is The King's House approach as White) against the Sicilian, French or Caro-Kann.

In Blitz I'll play the Wilson Gambit against 1....d5.

Sometimes I play the Panov Botvinnik attack against the Caro-Kann. Sometimes I play an Advance against the French.

I used to play the King's Gambit but that just requires too much preparation. As white I have very little preparation required by sticking to openings with simple ideas. As Black I know the Moron, KID and Pirc well enough to make it to the middlegame.

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I am enjoying playing the Kings Indian Defense. I am curious about Danish, do you ever follow the line that forces the queen trade? Do you find that advantageous?
Hi takchess,

The Danish line with the Queen trade (after 5. ...d5 6. Bxd5 Nf6 7. Bxf7+) is a main line and in my repertoire.

I have never encountered it in a game. I have only been playing the Danish fairly recently, though.

I judge the final opening position as playable for both sides with quite a bit of play left in it. I expect that the better player will win from that position. After some experience with it in a game I might have a different opinion.

I like playing endgames and queenless middlegames. That is not inconsistent with my tactical approach to chess. There are tactics in such positions and the one looking for them will find them. Some players' tactical radar goes to sleep in such positions and creates opportunities for the player that keeps looking for the tactics.
Howdy, you haven't posted in awhile. How's your training going?
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