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|May-20-03|| ||luckyzach: Here's a chess game I started (as black) and I think I eventuallly lost: 1.) e2-e4 c7-c5, 2.) g1-f3 d7-d6, 3.) f1-c4 b8-c6, 4.) b1-c3|
I always get burned by white's move Bc4! Soon after Bc4, white attacks the pawn at f7 and things get totally screwed-up. I like starting out with the Sicilian and moving towards a dragon variation if possible; does anyone know how I'm supposed to deal with this?
|May-20-03|| ||Bears092: if all else fails, you can play ...e6, and the diagonal is blocked. |
|May-21-03|| ||dalilama: I usually play (these are all moves for black I did not include white)....c5 then e6 then Nc6 and finally d6 |
|May-21-03|| ||actual: <1.) e2-e4 c7-c5, 2.) g1-f3 d7-d6, 3.) f1-c4 b8-c6>|
I like 3...g8-f6 more b/c then he has to play d3 (black should have it pretty easy) or Nc3 then the fork trick Nxe4 Nxe4 d5 is possible...if white tries Ng5 then e6 closes of the diagonal so the move is somewhat of a waste
4. e5 doesn't look bad either after dxe5 Nxe5 e6
|Dec-19-04|| ||Backward Development: I just found an interesting novelty with which i have won several blitz games, and with some real work, might put into my rep. it goes
i haven't found any published material even mentioning this move and only three games have been played using it in this DB with a perfectly even score of +1=1-1.
the main line is as follows.
3.ed (any other move hands black the initiative.)
and a branch. this position is similar to the Scandinavian only black cannot play his queen to a5 if Nc3 is played.
I've faced several moves here.
Line A 4.Nc3 the obvious choice,gaining a tempo and quickly developing.
...Qd8!? I prefer this to the computer recommended Qe6+ only because after Be2 black finds development very dificult with his e-pawn blocked, his light bishop behind the queen, and so on.
5.Bc4! here white looks like he has an easy game ahead of him with such a lead in devlopment but as is typical of the caro-kann and others, black's position is quite resilient.
...e6 (...Bg4? loses to Ne5!)
and now there is a further split.
LineA1-6.d4 offers less chances because of black's extra center pawn which comes in very handy after the white bishop is exchanged and because of the frequent occurance that the queens are exchanged.
7.Nxd4 a6! an important move found by Fritz 8.
10.Re1 b5! and black is nearly equal.
LineA2-6.0-0 the strength of this move when compared to d4 is that the diagonal for black's king bishop remains closed as long as he cannot exchange in the center.
7.Re1(d4 usually transposes to Line A1)
9.a4! restraint in action. ...b6! a cunning reply after which the closed nature of the game gives white little advantage with his development and gives black an equal game.
LineB 4.Bb5!? a tricky move since the natural...Bd7?! allows 5.Nc3! with the bishop cutting off the queen's retreat to d8.
5.Nc3 Qe6+! now the check is not mistimed because after
6.Be2(A queen exchange secures equality) ...Nd4! and now it is white fighting for equality after both
9. 0-0 a6!
10.Na3 and after Nf6 and the queen sitting in her favorite Najdorf post of c7, black's absolutely fine.
LineC-4.d4 hoping to open lines quickly and make use of black's backward development. but as the previous lines showed, black has plenty of resources
...cd (for a sicilian player, this move should be almost automatic!)
5.Nxd4(Qxd4 Qxd4 Nxd4 a6 brings about a position similar to the Kan.)...e5!
and as usual equality.
Line D-4.Be2!? It is a bit early for this move but it is still quite tricky and will easily secure an advantage against negligent defense.
7. Bb5 Bd7
8.d3 Nd4! and the exchanges preclude an even game
as you should be able to see, this is a sound(unless Fritz8 and I missed something drastic) and dynamic alternative to the main lines, and i'm surprised looking at the lines that this isn't played more often. probably just the stigma of playing the queen early. i suggest you to try it out in a blitz game and watch your opponent make a wry face, and squirm even more when the position is perfectly even. and if you find any holes, typos, etc. in this analysis, please post corrections. thanks.
|Dec-19-04|| ||Backward Development: btw, if anyone famous starts playing this opening, just remember....
you saw it here first.
hmm...'the backward development variation...'
|Dec-19-04|| ||tomh72000: A novelty on move two? It could hardly be brilliant ;-) |
|Dec-19-04|| ||tpstar: <Backward Development> Good for you for analyzing new ideas and testing them out. As White I would head straight for A2 but agree that White's advantage is slight given Black's solid formation. Your line is very similar to the ... Qxd5 lines in the French Tarrasch (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. ed Qxd5 5. Ngf3) so you might explore there for ideas also. Consider how by combining 1 ... c5 and 2 ... d5!? you are actually playing a Sicilian/Scandinavian hybrid, so you might also do well with the immediate 1 ... d5 instead. Good luck. |
|Dec-19-04|| ||Backward Development: I've never played the Scandinavian because of the pawn center it allowed, althought the Nf6 variations are interesting. the strength of playing ...d5 after c5 is that while controlling d4, it doesn't gambit any material, like the queen-pawn counter gambit. I've always played the sicilian, and i think this novelty brings about a familiar position with decent chances. |
|Dec-20-04|| ||Backward Development: the more i look at the move, the more obvious it seems to me.
there are several responses to 1.e4. there is the classical response ...e5 which either quickly counterattacks at the white e-pawn, at the cost of his own center, or holds out on his own e-pawn, come what may. both however assume a defensive position for a while though.
the second is the regular semi-open game approach, an immediate attack on the white e-pawn with pawns, as in the caro-kann, the french, or the scandinavian. but all of these have their flaws also; the caro allowing white a space advantage and a strong center, the french the locking of the queen's bishop and a cramped game; and the scandinavian; a pawn center at d4 and c4 which is difficult to undermine. with the french, the freeing maneuver is...c5! which undermines the pawn center and eases his kingside development, but with c3, white may hold his center for a while.
another approach is the hypermodern approach of defenses such as Alekhine's, the Modern, Pirc, to concede the center early and obtain a cramped game early in the hope of obtaining strong and flexible counterplay on white's center, or locking the center and attacking on the wings. the problem is that with strong play, black's liberation often comes with another concession.
Then there is the sicilian, which begins a counterattack on the queen side and creates imbalances on the sides of the board, but in most open sicilian lines, white holds the space advantage with the e-pawn. The thematic break for black is a ...d5! break which eases his development and destroys white's center. but very often, white may successfully block off this move(marcozy bind, queenside castling with pressure on the d-file, etc.)
i think therefore, that playing ...d5! immediately after c5 accomplishes the goals of the semi-open systems with no immediate punishment for black. white may not gain a space advantage, because of black's c-pawn, and black's solid formation works equally well for defense and counterattack. The Queen's bishop can be quickly fianchettoed in tandem with the queenside counterplay, and the kingside pieces are free to develop also. white's only trump is his lead in development, but if he tries prematurely to open the center, the queens may quickly come off, or more likely, his attack recoiled and black's pent up energy let loose.
ok, i'm done. i just really like the move. |
|Dec-23-04|| ||Backward Development: haha, just as soon as I go and say that 1...c5 2...d5 refutes e4 or something I play a blitz against Fritz and he comes up with a line I nor he saw before, full of pitfalls and traps leaving black clearly worse. Here's my surprisingly long struggle.
(i mark it such only because i haven't found any improvements after this game)
(The Killer move upon which white's lead in development and unquestionable initiative force tough calculation and very grim defense.)
(forced, as after ...Bd7 Ne5 Nf6 Qf3 Qc7 Nxd7 Nbxd7 d3 a6 Bf4 e5 Bxd7+ Nxd7 Be3 c4 0-0-0 cd Rxd3 Rc8 Rhd1 Nf6 Bg5 Be7 is very unpleasant for black. Obviously i didn't calculate this far when i played ...Nd7 just the dynamics of the position were obvious.)
(another strong and seemingly obvious move, with white's monsterous lead in development, opening up lines can't hurt.)
(forced, as after ...a6? Bxd7+ Qxd7 dc Qxd1+ Nxd1 with a terrible endgame for black.)
(...a6? Nd5 Ngf6
(...ab? Qc3 Qa5 b4 Qa4 Nc7+ Kd8 Ng5 Nh6 0-0 Rb8 Rd1 b6 Bf4 e6 Ncxe6+ fe Nxe6+ Ke8 Bxb8 is a massacre)
Bxd7+ Qxd7 Nb6 Qxd4 Nxd4 e5 Nxa8 is terrible also)
(now this can be played safely.)
(...b6? Ne5 Bb7 Rd1 e6 Nxd7 Nxd7 Be4 Bxe4 Qxe4 Ra7 Be3 Bc5 Rd3! Bxe3 Qxe3 Qe7 Rad1 0-0 Rd6 Rb7 Nd5 nets a pawn with a commanding position.)
10. Rd1 Qb6
(black is finally getting some kind of counterplay)
(any discovered attack on the queen allows Qh5!)
the official prognosis on this line is now very grim unless there are any improvements on the black side...
|Mar-22-05|| ||DanielBryant: I've been looking at 2...Qa5 lately as a means of throwing off White. Of course, the main problem is that if White transposes into an Alapin, the queen is simply misplaced. |
|Oct-21-05|| ||AlexanderMorphy: how many people actually play this sicilian nowadays?|
|Oct-22-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <Backward Development> Here is a game I played recently that illustrates your idea 2...d5?! I was white and somehow managed to hold my own without having read your post on white's improvement(!):|
[Event "Informal Game"]
[Site "Yahoo! Chess"]
[White "suenteus_po_147 (as profile147)"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.d4 e6 6.dxc5 Qxd1+ 7.Nxd1 Bxc5 8.Be3 Be7 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.O-O-O O-O 11.Bc4 a6 12.Na4 b5 13.Nb6 Bb7 14. Nxa8 bxc4 15.Nb6 Bd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bd4 Rd8 18.Rhe1 Bb4 19.c3 Ba5 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Nd4 Bc7 22.g3 Kg7 23.Re7 Bb6 24.f4 Bc5 25.Rc7 Bd6 26.Rb7 Re8 27.Nf5+ 1-0
|Oct-23-05|| ||Backward Development: <Peter>
Your games seem to resemble those of Ulf Anderssen. A tame opening leads to a reasonably balanced ending, but your opponent makes seemingly inexplicable errors and lets the draw slip away, until they're faced with a sure loss.
|Oct-23-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <Backward Development> Ulf Anderssen, you say? I've always been looking for chess players who are close to my "style" of playing, if you could call the way I play a style. You wouldn't happen to have any examples of Anderssen's games that I could look at to see what you mean, would you?|
|Oct-23-05|| ||Chessical: <Backward Development> The following game may be of interest to you:|
Karpov vs Anikaev, 1976
|Oct-23-05|| ||TheAlchemist: <Backward Development> I experimented with 2...d5 some time ago (independently from your discovery, honestly), as I desperately wanted to "create" something of my own. Seems like I haven't, though :-)|
I don't recall anymore, how my games went (they were all blitz at my club), but I do remember being crushed by stronger players as I was before :-)
I do remember, that I soon dropped 3...Qxd5 for 3...Nf6. What say you about that?
|Oct-23-05|| ||Backward Development: Although I'm not a big fan of Anderssen's, this one leaves a fine impression.|
E:Swedish Team Championship, 2000
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dc 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Bg2 a6 7.Nc3 Rb8 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qd3 Bb7 10.0-0 c5 11.dc Bxc5 12.Bf4 Rc8 13.Rad1 0-0 14.Ne5 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Qxd3 17.Rxd3 Rfd8?! 18.Rxd8 Rxd8 19.Bxf6!<"This is the sort of winning attempt you see from Andersson when he is in an aggressive mood."-Aagaard>19...gf 20.Rc1 Be7 21.Nb1!<"This move is truly an example of Andersson's strength in schematic thinking."-Aagaard>21...f5 22.e3 Bf6?! 23.b3 Kf8 24.Kf3 Ke7 25.h3 Rd5 26.Ke2 Kd7 27.Nd2 Be7 28.Nf3 Bf6 29.Ne1 Rd6! 30.g4! fg! 31.hg Rc6! 32.Rxc6 Kxc6 33.Nd3 a5 34.e4 a4 35.Ke3 ab 36.ab Kd6 37.Kf4 Bd8 38.g5 Ke7 39.Kg4 Kf8 40.f3 f6!? 41.Kh5! fg 42.Kh6 Kg8 43.Nc5 Kf7 44.Kxh7 Bb6 Nd3 Kf6 46.Kg8!<"The white king has discovered a new weakness in the black camp: the pawn on b5."-Aagaard>46...Bg1? 47.Kf8 e5 48.Ke8 Ke6 49.Kd8 Kd6 50.Kc8 Be3 51.Kb7 Bd4 52.b4 Kd7 53.Nc5+ Kd6 54.Kb6 Bc3 55.Kxb5 Bd2 56.Nb7+ Kc7 57.Na5 Be3 58.Ka6! 1-0<Notes from <Excelling at Technical Chess-Jacob Aagaard>>
By the way, in a rated game today with Black in the Russian Defense, I managed to draw Chad Gauvin. The middlegame developed equally until he had an advantageous double rook ending. The rooks came off the board and a practially winning King and Pawn ending arose. He played lacklusterly, however, and it reached a complex White King, Queen, and Pawn versus Black King, pawn, and passed bishop pawn on the second rank ending. He overlooked a winning maneuver and allowed me to queen thinking he would win the ensuing King and Pawn versus King and Pawn ending. However, his extra pawn was a rook pawn and it reached the standard drawn position where I would have stalemated him in the corner, had we played it out.
|Oct-27-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <Backward Development> Thanks for the Andersson game. I'm surprised it isn't in the database. Somebody should submit it (wink, wink). That's great news about drawing that game against Chad! I see that your rating has been going up, and that you're tied for first in your section for the Halloween Swiss. Good luck tonight!|
|Jan-30-06|| ||EnglishOpeningc4: <DanielBryant: I've been looking at 2...Qa5 lately as a means of throwing off White. Of course, the main problem is that if White transposes into an Alapin, the queen is simply misplaced.> not really, white cant play an early d4. just develop normally (c6, e6, d6, f6, g6, g7)|
|Jun-18-06|| ||Edwin Meyer: So, technically speaking, this ECO variant of the Sicilian (B27) is for Black what ECO B20 is for White. Namely, an unusual second move? Am i right?|
|Jun-18-06|| ||Edwin Meyer: Anyone?|
|Jun-18-06|| ||DeepBlade: indeed|
|Jun-25-06|| ||DeepBlade: T Georgadze vs A Kuindzhi, 1973|
Something like this
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