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Monday, September 24, 2012

An Odd Opening and Missed Wins

      Both myself and my opponent missed wins in this game. Black is known for his eccentric openings…eccentric maybe, but not directly refutable! He defends playing these openings on the belief that if you understand how to play the game in the orthodox way, you can then play unorthodox moves. An earlier game we played began: 1.e4 e5 2.Qf3 (Not an unknown move; My DB has a couple of games with this move that were played by players with 2400+ OTB ratings.) Nc6 3.c3 Bc5 4.Ne2 Nf6 5.d3 d5 with the following position:

      Black’s advantage is small and this game was drawn also.  You will notice that in both games that despite my opponent’s unusual approach, his opening play was not totally without reason: he didn’t neglect development and followed general opening principles. Nor did he try any crazy sacrifices. (Note: This was a no engine event)

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