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|Dec-11-05|| ||Akavall: I thought that 1. e4 e6 2. Qe2!? was the predecessor of the Indian systems.|
|Dec-11-05|| ||Averageguy: <Akavall> That's the Chigorin variation of the French Defense, and it often leads to KIA positions for white. Thus I wouldn't be suprised if you were right.|
|Dec-11-05|| ||Dudley: <Gypsy> Your comment reminds me that "low theory" taken literally is simply a line that doesn't have a lot of developed lines to learn and as you said doesn't change much because it is out of GM practice. I think that in my own mind, I tend to misconstrue "high theory" to mean "requiring exact play due to very active positions", such as the Max Lange attack or the Two Knights,and probably the Chigorin as you mentioned.
So "low theory" doesn't really mean low effort, because misplaying sharp lines still results in a loss even if the opening is 150 years old. I don't even like the usage of the term theory- it implies some grand conception with broad implications like the Theory of Relativity, but as used in the chess world it is really more like cataloging obscure insects or something. We all want an opening line that is completely intuitive to play (none of that tedious studying) and has an absolutely devastating effect on our opponents, without risk to our own game. Otherwise, how would chess authors make a living?|
|Dec-11-05|| ||Gypsy: <Akavall: I thought that 1. e4 e6 2. Qe2!? was the predecessor of the Indian systems.> That is a good point. Russians definitely consider French Chigorin as an early version of KIA. |
To make a subtler distinction: I seem to recall that <IMDay> claims Chigorin QGD as being a key motivation for Nimzo's version of hypermodernism (control of center through active piece play) and thus for Nimzo/QID (new-indian) type of play.
|Dec-11-05|| ||Gypsy: <Dudley: ... I don't even like the usage of the term theory- it implies some grand conception with broad implications like the Theory of Relativity, but as used in the chess world it is really more like cataloging obscure insects or something.> Well said: a bit of cataloging, a bit of taxonomy, and we have a ... theory. |
As for low-theory. Yes it often means a slow, sluggish system that one can play by seat of pants -- if need to be, that is. But what about low-theory openings for agresive players? Thus the thought of a defense like the Chigorin QGD occured to me.
Your post reminds me of Nimzo (in his Carlsbad 1929 book) bitching about Becker booking up on some ancient romantic openings lines, that Nimzo and co. forgot long ago. The way Nimzo rants about it, one would reckon that Becker farted in front of the queen of England or something equally unbecomming.
|Dec-11-05|| ||Dudley: Well I did run on a bit didn't I- guess I just had to get that off my chest. I feel much better now. Some things you just have to accept.|
|Dec-11-05|| ||Gypsy: <Dudley> Looking at the last paragraph of my post now, I realize that it could be interpretted as being quite rude. That was not at all intended! It was your <content>, the confession about playing romantic attacks, that reminded me of Nimzo's rant against poor Becker. I do thing highly of your post!|
|Dec-11-05|| ||Dudley: Not at all, just goofing around. Chess players are probably some of the most opinionated people on earth, judging by some of the posts you see here, and Nimzo was probably extreme.|
|Dec-13-05|| ||Averageguy: <Azaris><What's wrong with the QGA> I don't like the accepted lines with 3.e4. Thanks for your other suggestions though, I'll looke into them.|
|May-16-06|| ||Henrik S. Hansen: Could someone please explain the general strategies for black in the Old Indian lines?|
I'm talking about things like "push the b-pawn", "queen-side attack", important squares, etc.
Playing through master games do help somewhat in this regard, but it is not always obvious to me what the strategies behind the moves are.
|May-16-06|| ||borisbadenoff: I would say it resembles the King's Indian. Both normally have the d6 e5 pawn center. But in the Old Indian the king bishop stays on e7 instead of fianchettoing it on g7.|
The Old Indian is a very solid, but more passive opening. And that's also why it's less often played nowadays because everyone searches for sharp black lines to bring white into trouble. But that's a question of taste. In the King's Indian Defence you have more dynamic possibilities and plan a longterm attack on white's seemingly stronger center position.
In the Old Indian you can keep your position closed and have a complex middlegame
For other reasons for the OI see also IMlday's post of Jul-31-04 on the Kibitz-Page 1 of this opening.
|Jun-06-06|| ||Kings Indian: Opening of the day! I think this is a fine opening, if black wants to he can easily transpose into a King's Indian Defence or he can do something else.|
|Jun-06-06|| ||Bartleby: Another possibility is the Janowksi-Indian Defence, 3. Nc3 Bf5, and the Tartakower-Indian Defence, 3. Nf3 Bg4, both offbeat but interesting approaches to white's QP opening. They often end up resembling Pirc-type positions. If Black gets in ...e5 advantageously he can have a good game. A couple of games were David Janowski employs this opening:|
Showalter vs Janowski, 1916
A nice win over the Kentucky Lion.
Alekhine vs Janowski, 1924
A good example how not to play this opening. 9. ... 0-0-0 is too optomistic, to say the least.
Keres vs Tartakower, 1937
A nice win over Keres (!) by that talented esotericist, Tartakower.
Gruenfeld vs Reti, 1922
Reti defeats Grunfeld here stylistically with Janowksi's innovation
|Jun-06-06|| ||Henrik S. Hansen: Interestingly, Bent Larsen published a repertoire book called "Solid Openings" in Danish, based on Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen variation (what else?) as the e4 response, and Old Indian as the response to d4, c4, Nf3, b3, etc. Quite a good book. It is a little dated now (from the early eighties, I think), but that doesn't matter too much since Old Indian is low-theory. I use his advice for the Old Indian, but I no longer play the Larsen-Bronstein variation of the Caro-Kann, it's too risky and probably near-refuted.|
|Jun-07-06|| ||Henrik S. Hansen: Here is an Old Indian game I played today on ICC. I quite like it myself. I haven't analyzed it, so I'm not sure if I missed a forced mate or otherwise made bad moves. Feel free to comment, I'd love to hear your analysis and comments. White lost on time, but Black (me) was winning anyway. |
[Event "ICC 2 4"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[ICCResult "White forfeits on time"]
[Opening "Old Indian defense"]
1. d4 ♘f6
2. c4 d6
3. ♘c3 ♘bd7
4. ♘f3 e5
5. e3 ♗e7
6. dxe5 dxe5
7. ♗e2 O-O
8. O-O c6
9. e4 a6
10. a3 b5
11. cxb5 cxb5
12. b4 ♗b7
13. ♗b2 ♘xe4
14. ♘xe4 ♗xe4
15. ♘xe5 ♘xe5
16. ♗xe5 ♕b6
17. ♕b3 ♕g6
18. f3 ♗f5
19. ♖fe1 ♗h3
20. ♗f1 ♖ad8
21. ♗c7 ♖d2
22. ♗g3 ♗h4
23. gxh3 ♗xg3
24. ♖e2 ♖xe2
25. ♗xe2 ♗e5+
26. ♔h1 ♗xa1
27. ♗f1 ♗d4
28. ♗g2 ♖e8
29. ♕d1 ♗f2 (White forfeits on time) 0-1
|Jun-07-06|| ||borisbadenoff: <Henrik S. Hansen: Here is an Old Indian game I played today on ICC. I quite like it myself. I haven't analyzed it, so I'm not sure if I missed a forced mate or otherwise made bad moves. Feel free to comment, I'd love to hear your analysis and comments. White lost on time, but Black (me) was winning anyway.>|
Maybe next time you could consider 6. .. Nex5 which would free your Bishop and put pressure on the c-pawn and the exchange of Knights is nothing you have to fear in my opinion even if after dxe5 the queen-exchange should follow.
From 7-9 at sometime you may play e5 to force white to retreat the Knight to d2 and occupy e5 yourself.
Up to move 21. a pretty equal game. Then you get an advantage but are lucky that white doesn't see 23. Qe3 Bxg3 24. hxg3 Qd6 25. g4 with clear advantage for white.
But the rest is optimal play with missed mate in 4 after but yours still wins (even mate in 9) 29. .. Qc2 30. Qf1 Re2 31. Qg1 Bxg1 32. Kxg1 Qg6 33. a4 (or any other move) Qxg2#
|Jun-07-06|| ||Henrik S. Hansen: <Maybe next time you could consider 6. .. Nex5 which would free your Bishop and put pressure on the c-pawn and the exchange of Knights is nothing you have to fear in my opinion even if after dxe5 the queen-exchange should follow.>|
Yes, I see it. 6...♘xe5 looks better.
<From 7-9 at sometime you may play e5 to force white to retreat the Knight to d2 and occupy e5 yourself.>
I agree. I overlooked that because White usually plays e4, not e3, which seems inferior, in the Old Indian.
<Up to move 21. a pretty equal game. Then you get an advantage but are lucky that white doesn't see 23. Qe3 Bxg3 24. hxg3 Qd6 25. g4 with clear advantage for white.>
Whoops, that would have been bad indeed! Nice variation, the moves you give seems forced, or Black loses material. The Bishop is trapped.
Thanks for the analysis, borisbadenoff!
|Aug-03-09|| ||parisattack: <Henrik S. Hansen: Interestingly, Bent Larsen published a repertoire book called "Solid Openings" in Danish, based on Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen variation (what else?) as the e4 response, and Old Indian as the response to d4, c4, Nf3, b3, etc. Quite a good book. It is a little dated now (from the early eighties, I think), but that doesn't matter too much since Old Indian is low-theory. I use his advice for the Old Indian, but I no longer play the Larsen-Bronstein variation of the Caro-Kann, it's too risky and probably near-refuted.>|
I remember Larsen's small monograph on the Old Indian although I think it was from the 1970s. I am thinking your game with ...c6, ...a6 may have been on of Larsen's ideas? I like the Philidor/Old Indian/Lion/Gunderdam... but very little room for error for black was my experience.
Zoom probably Larsen's most famous opening repertoire book.
|Oct-21-09|| ||pugofcrydee: I played this opening last week!
Here it is on my chessclubs website...
Simcock (127) V McCarthy (143)
(3224568) Simcock,C - McCarthy,Damian [A55]
WDCL DIV 2, 15.10.2009
[McCarthy,Damian]1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.e4 Be7 The old Indian, an interesting system i came up with myself when i was a kid without knowing it was a real opening! I hadn't tried to play it for years but during the week id been looking at some capablanca games where he played it so i thought i'd give it a whirl! 6.Be2 00 7.00 c6 8.Qc2 Re8 9.h3 Bf8 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Be3 Qc7 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nf3 Nc5 14.Rfd1 Ne6 15.Nh2 Bd7 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.Bxg4 b6 18.Ne2 Rad8 19.Rd2 Bc8 20.Rad1 Rxd2 21.Rxd2 Rd8 22.Qc3 Rxd2 23.Qxd2 Nc5 24.Bf3? this move helps cost him the game later on 24...Be6 25.b3 Qd6 26.Qxd6 Bxd6 27.Nc1 f6 28.Kf1 Bf7 29.g4 Bg6 30.Bxc5 Bxc5 31.Nd3 Ba3 32.Ke2 a5 It feels like i ought to be centralising my king but i thought it was really important not to allow b4 33.Kd2 Kf7 34.Ke2 Ke6 35.Ne1 Kd6 My plan was always to try and get my king in on the dark squares but with the knight still on it isn't possible 36.Nd3 Bc5 37.Nxc5?? wow now i was really confident also note his bishop is tied to defending e4. The losing move 37...Kxc5 38.Kd3 Kb4 39.Kc2 Ka3 40.Kb1 b5 41.cxb5 cxb5 42.Bg2 a4 he blunders now with Bf1 but he was lost anyway 43.Bf1 Bxe4+ 44.Ka1 axb3 45.axb3 b4 wins the 2nd pawn 46.Bc4 Bc2 47.Bd5 Bxb3 48.Bxb3 Kxb3 01
|Apr-08-10|| ||Cushion: I think that the King's Indian is better then the the Old indian because the fianchettoed bishop discourages 11. f4 (in the mar de plata main line) but in the OI white could laugh off a KID like pawn storm so black can't punish white for playing d5.|
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: I've just started to study the new book on the Old Indian titled :) The New Old Indian by Cherniaev/Prokuronov. The new idea is the old ...e4 motif. It certainly leads to some interesting looking positions; quite distinct from the way Larsen suggested in his monograph of the 1970s.|
Soltis also did a monograph on the Old Indian. Apart from that and I think one other for which I cannot remember name/author not much on this defense in print.
One can build a repertoire off Philidor/Lion/Czech/Old Indian assuming such positions appeal to you.
|Oct-25-14|| ||Penguincw: A little "trap" I found out about in the Old Indian Defense. After. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Nf3 Nc6, this position arrives:|
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From here, the position is equal, but if white tries to target f7 and c7, white will get in trouble. For example, if 7.Ng5, then 7...Ke8. If 8.Nb5 (trying to win c7), then 8...Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Kxd2 and 10...Ke7!
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And if white gets too greedy, will be severely punished after 11.Nxc7 Rd8+ 12.Kc3 h6 (ignoring the threat on the rook while trying to kick the knight away from e4) 13.Nxa8 hxg5 14.Nc7 (trying to save it) Ne4+ 15.Kc2 Nd4+ 16.Kc1 Nxf2 17.Rg1 Nb3+ 18.axb3 Rd1+ 19.Kc2 Rxa1 and black is better. Sure, material is equal, but white has 2 paralyzed pieces: the bishop and rook. Move wise, white only has 17 legal moves (only 10 don't drop a piece/pawn on the next move), while black has 35 moves (of which 24 don't leave a piece hanging).
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Of course, these weren't the best moves, but still cool to check out IMO.
|Jan-18-17|| ||parisattack: Old Indian Books -
Cherniaev/Prokuronov The New Old Indian
Pickett The Old Indian Renewed
Soltis The (Not So) Old Indian
Tay The Old Indian Move-by-Move
I suppose if it was good enough for Nezh...
Im near certain Larsen did a monograph on the Old Indian in the 1970s
but cannot find it or a reference to it. Anyone?
Of course the Old Indian can be part of a 1.
d6 repertoire with the Philidor/Lion/Gunderdam defenses. Three books on that theme:
Barsky A Universal Weapon 1. d4, d6
d6: Move by Move
Yrjola/Tella An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
|Jan-18-17|| ||TheFocus: A related book is the Old Indian variation is <Janowski Indian Defense>: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5 by Eric Schiller.|
Greats like Tal, Larsen, Gheorghiu, Timman, Christiansen and Fedorowics all played it.
I love playing the Old Indian. Some nice wins.
|Jan-19-17|| ||parisattack: Yes, thx <TheFocus>. Soltis also gives that line a full chapter.|
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