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|Aug-06-04|| ||RonB52734: Have a look at Alexander Onischuk's record with this opening. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... |
|Aug-06-04|| ||RonB52734: Even Steinitz was not as successful (according to the database) http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
11 losses - 3 draws - 4 wins |
|Aug-06-04|| ||Zenchess: This defense is very passive for Black; I frequently castle Q-side against it successfully. |
|Aug-07-04|| ||RonB52734: I agree, <Zenchess>. I have a strong suspicion that Onischuk uses it where he thinks it will take his opponent outside the opponent's preparation, and that he has been accurate in predicting when this will be so. |
|Sep-08-05|| ||azaris: Is this opening some kind of new fashion? I've been trying to play the Ruy as White and have seen this defense with surprising frequency.|
The line 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 (or 5. Nxd4) seems to be a Philidor Exchange type thing, but the other lines are good for White too. Has the theory been updated recently?
|Sep-18-05|| ||tpstar: <azaris> I've also noticed more ... d6 lines of late. I was surprised that nobody plays 5. c4, as I believe that gives White a solid game, but instead 5. Nc3 or 5. 0-0 are both very good for White.|
Check it = Alekhine vs Pineiro, 1935
|Sep-18-05|| ||azaris: Surely 4. c4, I don't think 4. d4 exd4 5. Nc3 is so good for White. Anything where the queen parks itself in the middle of the board semi-permanently seems good to me. I'd like to see how Oniscuk handles 4. d4 from the Black side, but his opponents seem to opt for different lines.|
azaris - papi, Gameknot 2005:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Bd7 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nc3 f6
8. O-O c5 9. Qc4 Qc8 10. b3 c6 11. Bf4 a5 12. Rfd1 Qc7 13. Na4 g5 14. Bg3
Bg4 15. Nxc5 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qc8 17. Bxd6 Qh3 18. Ne6 Rc8 19. Nxf8 Ne7 20.
Bxe7 Kxe7 21. Rd7+ Qxd7 22. Nxd7 Kxd7 23. Qf7+ and White announced mate (1-0)
|Sep-18-05|| ||tpstar: <azaris> 4. d4 Bd7 5. c4 :)|
Nice game. I would normally jump at 7. c4 over 7. Nc3 (then 8. Nc3 next), and my results are solid, but I'll try out new things if I keep facing 3 ... d6.
|Sep-19-05|| ||azaris: 4...Bd7 seems mandatory if Black wants to survive the opening phase. Onischuk has won some games with it, but in Kupreichik vs Onischuk, 1995 he was worse off out of the opening until his opponent mindlessly chops wood into an inferior endgame.|
To be honest, I'm kind of burnt out with closed positional games at the moment. One positional mistake and you get to suffer 10-15 moves. There's little chance your opponent will fall for tactics. Sometimes it'd just be nice to play for tactics and mutual attacks. Unfortunately, the Closed Ruy that eventually follows after 3. Bb5 is more of that same closed maneuvering. If everyone played the Ruy like in the 1800's, it'd be much more enjoyable at amateur level.
|Sep-19-05|| ||refutor: <azaris> tactics and mutual chances? see Ruy Lopez, Open (C80)|
|Sep-20-05|| ||azaris: <refutor> And how do you get Black to reach for that knight instead of the bishop?|
|Sep-21-05|| ||refutor: you said you were burnt out with closed positional games, i thought you were implying you played the lopez as black|
|Oct-20-05|| ||AlexanderMorphy: i think that a6, Ba4 then d6 gives black an early advantage!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from C62 miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/c62.html|
|Oct-23-06|| ||Kriegspiel: Could there be anything to the notion of transposing into the Ruy from the Philidor then managing a queenside castle after a trade-off of pieces and a partial demolition of White's center? |
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7
The opening has transposed into the Old Steinitz Defense. If nothing else, Black has avoided the possibility of doubled c-pawns which the Exchange variation brings (with loss of tempo, if Black plays 3...a6 attempting to force the retreat of a bishop which then captures rather than retreats).
5.o-o exd4 6.Nxd4 Nge7 7.Bg5 Nxd4 8.Bxd7 Qxd7 9.Qxd4 Nc6 10.Qd5 f6 11.Be3 g6 12.Nc3 Bg7 13.Nb5 a6 14.Nd4 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 o-o-o 16.Rad1 Rhf8 17.Rad1 ...etc.
Maybe not the best way for Black (or even White) to handle it, but what about the general idea? Cat piss?
|Oct-23-06|| ||keypusher: <kriegspiel> seems worth a try. |
If I were White I would be trying to make it hard for Black to finish development and exchange pieces...maybe 7. Bc4 instead of 7. Bg5, for example? Losing a tempo doesn't seem so bad, since Black will certainly have to move the knight at e7 again. A number of Steinitz' opponents responded to ...Nge7 that way.
In your line I would probably prefer 10. Qc4, 11. Bh4, and 13. 0-0-0.
|Oct-23-06|| ||ganstaman: I'm playing a game on gameknot right now that began (I'm white) 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. d5 <I discovered that this isn't so common, but I don't know why> Nce7 6. Bxd7 Qxd7|
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Looks to me like this is very good for white due to the whole good bishop/bad bishop thing. Sort of now an Old Indian, once I play c4. I imagine that as long as the e4 pawn holds, white will have a better game. But that pawn is a bit weak, though it can be defended enough times (Qe2, Nc3, Nfd2, and finally f3) I believe.
|Oct-23-06|| ||Kean: hi <gangstaman>, black seems to have a clear attack plan now: he can castle long and then hit e4 via f5, supported by the kt on e7, wich is very typical; then the other kt to f6, g6,Bg7 etc, as you said an indian. kinda all falls in his place for black. but of course white has space and a lot of things to play|
|Oct-23-06|| ||ganstaman: <Kean> Seems like you're not the only one who figured that out :) -- my opponent played ...f5, castled queenside, and then played ...Nf6 (I believe on moves 7, 8, and 9).|
I do have to question the soundness of all this, though. When does black castle queenside in a King's Indian? More to the point, why would black do that? White has the queenside advantage and can rip open that side of the board when he pleases. I feel that this is a strategic mistake that will be more costly than it may first appear.
However, black can fianchetto his bishop and castle kingside instead. Then he would be hiding his king behind his good side, where he decides how and when things open up. This would reach a more typical King's Indian position, only without light square bishops. Based purely on pawn structure, I would have to say that favors white. But someone with more experience in the King's Indian should be able to say who needs their light square bishop more (for instance, white may really need it to hold onto e4, but I'm not sure).
|Oct-23-06|| ||Kean: <gangstaman> really? hey you discovered me:). well you are right, seems an odd off-set indian, the black k is quite lonely in the q-side, & i agree that a strong white attack can be developed there. yet, maybe the same goes for him in the k-side.
the move that started it all 5.d5 must be in the databases, if so, the next black moves also must be there|
|Oct-23-06|| ||Kriegspiel: <Ganstaman> After d5 I think I would be more likely to consider Nb8; if White exchanges bishops on d7 you can recapture with the b8-knight and then proceed to castle on the kingside with the other knight on f6 and the bishop either on e7 or fianchettoed to g7.|
But note that White has locked the center and the pawns point toward his kingside; furthermore, it is his kingside that is most evacuated and that is (one supposes) the more likely side for him to castle on. I might seriously consider leaving my options open with a waiting move before setting up fully for castling. If White castles kingside then I think I might try to start a kingside attack beginning with a pawnstorm. So, you might try a waiting move of ...h6 and then if White castles o-o you can immediately try g5 with the idea of g4 to dislodge the knight. White may well play h3 (gosh, a light-squared bishop would come in handy for Black now) and now you have one knight you can put on f6 and another one which can replace it. You have two knights; a queen, a rook, and several pawns on the kingside, as well as a bishop that might have some use; put them all to use at once and even if you have to sacrifice a piece you might be able to mate or else to put White on the defensive and win back material as well as expand and positionally dominate on the kingside.
If all of this sounds hopelessly vague, it is. But it is an idea to consider if you want to try taking the initiative under conditions of a locked center. Strike before White gets set up to attack. If worse comes to worse try to position to exchange pieces and neutralize the possibility of a coordinate White attack on your king (which, incidentally, you might want to get to e7 fairly quickly to make way for your other rook, to form a battery (or simply cover) the h and/or g files you prize open. Obviously this isn't the sort of attack to worry about a pawn or two, *provided* that their capture doesn't offer White the prospect of a counterattack before you can finish your attack.
|Feb-21-07|| ||southpawjinx: Here is one of my games in this opening.
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.h3 Ba6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Nc3 Nd7 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Re1 Rab8 12.b3 Bb7 13.a4 a5 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.Nd1 Nh5 16.Qg5 Qxg5 17.Nxg5 h6 18.Nf3 f5 19.c4 fxe4 20.dxe4 Rf7 21.Nh4 c5 22.Nc3 c6 23.Nf5 Rf6 24.Ne2 Bc8 25.Ne7+ Kf7 26.Nxc6 Rxb3 27.Nxa5 Rb4 28.Nc3 g5 29.Nd5 Rg6 30.Nxb4 lack resigned 1-0
If you see a better way to play this, please tell me!!
|Dec-28-07|| ||Cactus: <Kriegspiel: Could there be anything to the notion of transposing into the Ruy from the Philidor then managing a queenside castle after a trade-off of pieces and a partial demolition of White's center?>
In the line you give, white could just play
4.d5 Ne7 (4...Nb4?! 5.c3 Na6 is very bad for the second player, where white can play 6.Bxa6, giving black doubled, isolated rim pawns(!), or simply leave the misplaced knight, and build up a good position.)
with a very large advantage for white.
|Dec-28-07|| ||keypusher: <Cactus> <In the line you give, white could just play
4.d5 Ne7 (4...Nb4?! 5.c3 Na6 is very bad for the second player, where white can play 6.Bxa6, giving black doubled, isolated rim pawns(!), or simply leave the misplaced knight, and build up a good position.) with a very large advantage for white.>|
4....Nb4 is certainly a bad move, but after 4...Ne7 or ....Nb8 I don't agree that White's advantage is <very large>. He's a little better, that's all.
<ganstaman: I'm playing a game on gameknot right now that began (I'm white) 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. d5 <I discovered that this isn't so common, but I don't know why> Nce7 6. Bxd7 Qxd7...Looks to me like this is very good for white due to the whole good bishop/bad bishop thing. Sort of now an Old Indian, once I play c4.>
IF I were black I would prefer 5...Nb8 and if 6. Bxd7+ Nxd7. You're right that Black has the worse bishop but he's also traded off a pair of minor pieces -- no small accomplishment in a cramped game. A lot of positions that look tight are not really bad at all once a pair or two of minor pieces have come off the board. Here black has good squares for his knights on d7 and f6 and his bishop at g7 or e7. He can also try to trade off the bad bishop with ...g6 and ...Bh6. He's a little worse, but just a little. Most books that look at positions like this counsel white to withdraw his bishop with 6. Bd3 rather than exchanging it. Implicitly or explicitly, they are suggesting that the cramping effect of leaving the bishops on the board is more valuable than leaving Black with the worse bishop. I think the books are right. Note that after 6. Bd3 the black bishop is occupying the only square the Black QN can sensibly move to. ...Bg4 and ...Bxf3 solves the problem at the cost of leaving Black with a permanent positional disadvantage -- he's traded off his good bishop for a knight. After ...Bc8 and ...Nd7 he's lost time and his bishop is out of play. In other words, after 6. Bd3 Black is genuinely cramped; after 6. Bxd7+ Nxd7 he only looks cramped.
This leaves the question why 5. d5 is not more popular. It may be simply that the Old Steinitz Defense was more popular 100 years ago than now, and in those days open positions were more esteemed than closed ones. But a simpler reason is that, if White leaves his pawn on d4, eventually Black will be forced to play exd4, leaving White with a pawn on e4 against a pawn on d6. This gives him a slight but lasting advantage without giving black the readymade King's-Indian style counterattack that he gets after 5. d5.
Or, 5. d5 may be unpopular because of this game:
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1899
Never underestimate the influence of a famous brilliancy on opening fashion.
|Dec-28-07|| ||keypusher: Here's another example of Lasker playing d5 against Blackburne in this opening, with much better results:|
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1896
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