Thursday, January 05, 2006

move orders

i got move ordered a couple of times lately by 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3

which is fine for most people but for a card-carrying najdorf player like myself? no thanks. i ended up playing the Classical Sicilian, or the Accelerated Dragon, I didn't like it. then it hit me...why not play what the Super G's play?

3. ...e5!

sure it's ugly as all hell, but it does keep white from playing d4, and if it's good enough for Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Leko (v. Kasparov btw), Shirov and Krammy it's good enough for me.

also i was thinking about recommending Spassky's Qe2 v. the Petroff

white has no losing chances at all, what's not to like?

play continues 5. ...Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 and White has a lead in development. if i played 1.e4?! and allowed the Petroff i would play it


DG said...

I used to play Qe2 against the Petroff myself. The problem is that White doesn't get any winning chances either.

Craig said...

not true at all...there's always chances in the probably have a similar opinion about the slav exchange too ;)

DG said...

Well of course, you can always outplay your opponent from an equal position. But against a strong opponent I think that's going to be tough in the Qe2 Petroff.

As for the Slav Exchange, I only see it as Black and am happy that my opponent is inclined to give me such equalizing chances early in the game. (I suppose the French Exchange would also fall into the same category)