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Those who don't know better think that opening knowledge is all memorization. This is just plain not true, most successful opening play comes from understanding the positions. A good opening player will be able to figure out why certain moves are wrong despite not having seen the move before. Rote memorization rarely gets results with the lucky exception of an opponent playing perfectly into some prepared trap.

The player strong in the openings will usually try to use his knowledge to get a position where he's more familiar with the tactics and has a better idea of what the plans are and how to proceed with them than his opponent or to get a position where it's easier to play for his side. Having a theoretical "advantage" in a position you don't understand any better than your opponent is usually next to worthless.

"Just tell me what to do" That's impossible you will never gain an understanding of the positions without working on them yourself (Like most other things in life).

If anyone wishes to post analysis here on positions they are familiar with, your more than welcome.(Preferably not general comments for the uninitiated but real analysis).

Here are links to ideas already in the forum (admittedly not much at this point)

On chess principles and their relevance to modern play centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #4)

Just a point about controlling the center with pawns centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #13)

The Ruy Lopez
1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Na6
4.Ba4 Nf6
5.O-O Nxe4
6.Re1 -A common mistake- centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #23)

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Nf6
4.O-O Nxe4

5.Re1-centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #21)

5.d4 a6!?
6.Ba4 exd4 <6.Bd3 d5=>

7.Nxd4-Not the best reply- centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #25)

7.Re1 d5

A. 8.c4!?-This line is underappreciated- centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #28)

B. 8.Nbd2-centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #31)

C. 8.Bg5 This line leads to messy tactical situations

C1 8...Qd6-centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #33)

C2 8...Be7-The books got this one horribly wrong-centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #34)

C3 8...f6-this messy line is not covered adequately in the literature <up until now:)> centralfiles chessforum (kibitz #42)

D. 8.Nxd4-this is the main line-pending

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Nf6
4.O-O Nxe4
5.d4 a6

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Nf6



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centralfiles: <ajk68> You have a point about ...d5 this was obviously blacks intention when playing ...Ne7. As a Kings gambit player I would play 8...Qf3 followed by 9.g4 without thinking much.
   Nov-06-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
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centralfiles: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Ne7 5.O-O c6 6.Ba4 Ng6 7.c3 d6 8.Bc2 h6 9.h3 Be6 10.d4 Qd7 11.Nbd2 Bxh3 12.gxh3 Qxh3 13.Nh2 Nh4 0-1 Hutablanca(2041) vs centralfiles Played today ;)
   Sep-13-17 Efimenko vs Cherniaev, 2005
centralfiles: However before we close the book on ...Ne7 What about 9...b5! Bb3 cxd5 [DIAGRAM] Now white will no longer be able to play Bb5+ making the knight sac less attractive. Though Black gets shakier pawns and probably a slightly worse endgame in some lines.
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  centralfiles: <centralfiles><9.c4 might again be a good alternative as ...dxc3 ep 10.Nxc3 Bb4 transposes to C Doran vs P Talsma, 2009 2009 mentioned above in the 8.c4 line while avoiding 9...Be6 (see the relevant post above)>

My bad here, White CANNOT transpose to C Doran vs P Talsma, 2009 as 11.Nxe4 Bxe1 12.Qxe1 can be met simply with ...O-O as white has two pieces hanging. Instead
11.Ne5 O-O
12.Nxc6 with an equalish game (This position can also be reached with 8.c4 dxc3 9.Nxc3 Bb4 10.Bg5 f6 11.Ne5).

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  lost in space: Hi <centralfiles>, thanks for you message in my forum. I think you are talking about this line/variant? So an alternative to the berlin wall or the „silent" 4. d3 lines in the Berlin for White.


If so: what do you want me to do?

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  centralfiles: <lost in space>
Thanks for stopping by.
Since ...a6 is a black move this shouldn't really be considered an alternative for white but rather for black.(I think Black does not do well in the berlin wall against stronger players i.e. the better endgame player takes home the point there) I was just hoping to hear from you if you Knew anything about these lines. Thanks
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  lost in space: Hello centalfiles,

no, I have no clue about this lines. I am a 1. e4 c5 player, at the moment hoping to understand either 1. e4 e6 or 1. e4 e5 and here I like the berlin wall as Black.

In opposite to most others I think this is a way to play for a win in the endgame with black.

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  centralfiles: <lost in space> Good luck then, But be warned the stronger player will win the berlin wall so you must be careful when facing stronger opponents.
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  lost in space: Thanks, yes, you are right. Against strong players I try to set the board on fire. Berlin is wrong here.
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  centralfiles: <lost in space: Thanks, yes, you are right. Against strong players I try to set the board on fire. Berlin is wrong here.> And If your well prepared You can often drive home the full point. Centralfiles vs D.L.<2350> Game/30 1.e4 e5
2.Nc3 Nf6
3.Bc4 Bb4
4.Nf3 Nc6
5.Nd5 Nxe4
6.c3 Bc5<?!>
7.d4 exd4
8.O-O O-O
9.Re1 Nf6(...Re8 Bg5 )
10.Bg5 Be7

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11.Rxe7! Nxe7
12.Nxf6+ gxf6
13.Bxf6 Δ Qd2
The entire line was prepared and played in one clock minute.

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  jepflast: <centralfiles> I just now saw your post in my forum, sorry for the delay. Thanks for the invite, but I'm afraid I will not be of much help when it comes to this opening (or most openings, for that matter). Good luck on your quest, though.
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  centralfiles: <jepflast> thanks for stopping by but don't underestimate yourself :)
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  Penguincw: Congrats <centralfiles> for winning the Spring Leg. I thought <Chnebelgrind> was running away with the leg, but you caught up to him. You may have been denied first place during <Switch>'s first trial, but not this time. ;)
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  centralfiles: Thanks Penguin
Congrats on making Bookie.
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  eternaloptimist: <centralfiles> Hey how's it going? I just want to wish u good luck in the championship leg of bookie! I c u r in 2nd place now. I was in the top 30 of this leg for a while but I've dropped down considerably in the last week tho. It looks like <TIMER> & u hv the best chance to win but u def can't count out <SwitchingQ>
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  centralfiles: Thanks I'll need the luck.
I was actually hovering about the 10-15k mark for most of the leg but hit a good lucky streak in the last few days. Still another month to the leg though a lot will probably yet be happening. Good luck unto you...
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  Annie K.: <centralfiles> Hi! I'm dropping by to ask if maybe you'd like to be the Bookie for one of the legs in the 2016 cycle? :)
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  centralfiles: While I'm honored by the offer I'm afraid I'll have to decline I'm simply not online consistently enough to be able to be bookie.
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  Annie K.: Ok, no problem. :)
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  eternaloptimist: U r welcome & thx for the well wishes! Sometimes u need to be lucky in Bookie but it requires some knowledge as well. That would be cool if u would grant <Annie's> request & be the Bookie but if u aren't online enough then I guess that would make it difficult to be the Bookie.
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  centralfiles: I have been experimenting very successfully for a year or two now in online blitz with the crazy e4 c5 c3 Nf6 e5 Nd5 d4 cxd4 Nc6 Bc4 Nb6 Bxf7+!? Kxf7

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The deeper I'm looking in to it the more I'm beginning to think it might be strong enough for a surprise try(in blitz) even at the highest level. How would you try to answer it?

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  FSR: Note that Giri avoided the bishop sac with ...dxe5 rather than ...Nb6 in R Mamedov vs A Giri, 2016. No doubt he was quaking in his boots. :-)
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  centralfiles: you should've seen the disappointment on Mamedovs face when he saw that move... ;)

I tried to check databases though I don't have chessbase, on chesstempo there were quite a few games but white did quite well if you (discount the 9.Ng5 and 10.Ng5 games) take rating into account.

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  centralfiles: 1.e4 c5
2.c3 Nf6
3.e5 Nd5
4.d4 cxd4
5.Nf3 d6
6.cxd4 Nc6
7.Bc4 Nb6

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9.e6+<!> Kg8
10.d5 Ne5
11.Nc3 <Best, stockfish notwithstanding> 11...g6

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This is easily the most common position reached after 8.Bxf7 I must have played this upwards of 40 times in Blitz games.

12.Nxe5 dxe5
13.Qf3 Qe8
14.Qe4 Bg7

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This position has netted me many free blitz points. 15...Qf8 <16.a4 is coming so black must save the knight as exchanging in center is ggod for white at every point. 15..Qd8 16.O-O followed by an evntual f4 will only make whites job easier> 16.a4 Qf5

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17...e4 <The best try, other moves will end up leaving white an extra passed a-pawn> 18.Rd1! <it took me a long time to realize this move was the only way for white to retain a possible winning advantage. moves such as O-O-O, Qxe7, Bxb6 or capturing on e4 simply peter out> 18...Bxc3+<!?><This bold exchange might still save the draw, again we must ignore stockfish here> 19.bxc3 <Qxc3 takes pressure off e7 allowing ...h6> 19...Nxd5 <The point of exchanging the bishop of course>

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20.Rxd5 Qxd5
21.Qxe7 Qxe6!<...Bxe6 Bd4 Qd7 Qf6 is winning> 22.Qd8+ Kf7
23.Qxh8 Qf6!! <The point of 18...Bxc3+> 24.Qxh7+ Qg7
25.Qxg7+ <Forced now as 25.Qh4 Qxc3+ will get black his draw> 25...Kxg7

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And now I must turn to you FSR
Does white have a win here?
Perhaps just winning chances?
Or will a GM draw easily with the black pieces?

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  FSR: Congratulations on winning the ChessBookie crown! Well done!
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  moronovich: Congratulations on winning the Championship !

If Onischuk had won,it would have been yours truly.

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  centralfiles: Thank you.
Yes I am lucky there was no upset there.
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the reigning Chessbokie champion, <centralfiles>. Good luck.
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