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Juergen Meyer vs Robert Klees
12th Süder Sommerpokal (2001), Recklinghausen GER, rd 2, Aug-05
King Pawn Game: General (C20)  ·  1-0



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Jul-04-06  e4Newman: The only 2.b3 opening in the database and it actually ended in a win. I saw this openeing played this weekend with horrible results.
May-09-07  nikolajewitsch: Yes, I was a little surprised by the fact that there is only one game with 2.b3 in the DB; it doesn't seem to be THAT bad, does it? Probably it is not more than "=", or does anyone see a continuation for black that does give him a real advatage?
May-09-07  crwynn: I think 3.Ba3? and 3...Bb6? are the moves that really hurt the eyes. 3...Bxa3 *would* give Black the edge against White's "opening".
Sep-02-07  sammy desandoli: in CHESS LAB database this opening has 5 wins white, 1 win black, 4 draws. the one loss for white was a failed gambit. chess lab is a free online data base.
Nov-07-08  thebribri8: I was surprised how rare this is too. Heck, I might try it myself!
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: why continue after 26. Qh3+?
Feb-18-09  thebribri8: It can't hurt.
Feb-18-09  swarmoflocusts: <It can't hurt.>

You could say that about any position in which someone resigned. As if an expert would miss the hanging rook.

Feb-19-09  thebribri8: Stranger things have happened.
Aug-27-11  jackpawn: I thought of the possibility of 2. b3 tonight while taking a shower. Thought it could be played against any Black response to 1. e4 aside from 1. ..Nf6, g6, or d5. Against best play it's probably no more than equal, but consider the surprise factor. I'm going to toy with it against the computer and see the results.
Aug-30-11  jackpawn: Okay, after making the comment I tried it against little chess partner and shreader (medium level), taking less than 10 seconds a move. Chess partner answered with ..Nc6 and shreader with .. c5, so I didn't really test it against .. e5. Obviously neither program is very strong, but I won both games. Openings in both games were pretty ugly, however. Of course not knowing the 'theory' I was just winging it. Both turned into closed openings where I was able to slowly unwind my position. Okay, I don't think I will playing 2. b3 constantly any time soon.

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