No more Old Stodge! (2)

h2This club is a GP-free zone/h2 strike1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6/strike p class="chessboard"img src="/x/nomoregp.gif" alt="[Giuoco Pianissimo]" //p pstrongSupport the campaign for d2-d4 by playing 4. c3, 4. b4 or 3. d4!/strong/p pa name="NAME463619184" id="NAME463619184"/aa name="NAME463693937" id="NAME463693937"emGiuoco Pianissimo/em " is an old Italian phrase meaning "very quiet game"; if you can't remember that, you might prefer if we just use EM Forster's name for this line, "/a a href="/content/chess-quotes#stodge"Old Stodge/a ". It's probably one of the most common ways for games to start, and I think it's one of the worst! What's the problem? It's totally the wrong sort of position for you, that's what!/p pem"A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid the Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game." -- RICHARD RETI, Masters of the Chessboard/em/p pBeginners (and others) should play open games:/p ul listrongopen games are more lively and more fun/strong because of all the tactics/li listrongopen games are easier to get ideas in/strong because of all the tactics/li listrongopen games are better for learning about the game/strong because of all the tactics/li /ul pOpen games, with open lines, require the exchange (or sacrifice) of Pawns. White can play for d2-d4 (the easiest and best break) in a variety of ways and this is generally the best plan in the King Pawn openings. Also, with open lines, you have play for the Rooks./p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="q" src="/x/bql.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / v,./9EFJM/p pWhatever is happening in Old Stodge, it is most unlikely that lines are going to be opened very soon. Both sides clamp down on the opponent's Queen's Pawn, preventing the opening of the game. The position is blocked, the sides are equal and it's hard to get things going. None of the pieces get any scope, the Rooks lack open lines, the whole position gets bogged down in sticky toffee and both players are often bored and confused by the positions that come about. It can take a long time to beat worse players because things are so solid. Also, it may be that almost every game you play ends up something like this, and perhaps you would like some variety./p pIt's enough to put you off chess!/p pstrongema name="NAME466872451" id="NAME466872451"This document is about how to try and get an open game, with Pawn exchanges, with either colour, and a bit about what's going on in the Old Stodge in case you are tricked into it./a/em/strong/p pWe'll look at Old Stodge first./p pstronga name="NAME466872434" id="NAME466872434"Playing Old Stodge positions/a /strong/p pstrongema name="NAME466872435" id="NAME466872435"Giuoco Piano/a/em/strong/p pGiuoco Piano means 'quiet game', most popular in the 1800s, and is indeed quieter than the bloodthirsty openings like the King's Gambit and other lines that were being played then./p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pThe strongemGiuoco Piano/em/strong is defined by the following sequence:/p pstrong1 e4, e5; 2 Nf3, Nc6; 3 Bc4, Bc5.nbsp;/strong/p pThe idea is to develop naturally and quickly, attacking the important weak point on f7.nbsp;/p pThis is a fine opening for juniors to play./p pBut after/p pstrong4. d3 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6/strong/p pwe have:/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrongema name="NAME466872436" id="NAME466872436"Old Stodge/a/em/strong/p pThis is a rotten variation for juniors to to play! - stodgy and difficult. But just in case you get tricked into it, there are some ideas for White and Black that you should know:/p pnbsp;/p p`/p p(1) The plan with Be3 /p p(2) The plan with O-O /p p(3) The attack with Bg5/Nd5 /p p(4) The Canal variation /p h3a name="NAME466872447" id="NAME466872447"(1) The plan with Be3/a/h3 p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pOne idea here is to tempt Black to exchange, em6...Bxe3/em . After em7.fxe3/em White has a half-open f-file and can think about moves like O-O and Nf3-h4-f5. The square f5 is still good for White, since Black will be cautious about playing ...g7-g6./p pBlack should not exchange but instead quietly play strong6...Bb6./strong/p pAfter this White can continue with strongQd2/strong and strong0-0-0./strong/p pa name="NAME466872448" id="NAME466872448"(2) The plan with O-O/a/p pThis is actually a risky move! If you are not careful, you will face a ...Bg4 move from Black, when you cannot chase the Bishop in the way you would like with h3 and g4, because of the sacrifice ...Nxg4!/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pThis is very dangerous for White. Black threatens all sorts of things like ...Nd4 and ...Qf6 although you might be able to survive with Be3 and Kg2./p pSome players have even experimented with/p pstrong6.nbsp;O-O Bg4, 7.nbsp;h3 h5!?/strong/p pProbably White can survive this too, but if a natural move like castling is so risky for White here, this can't be a good line to get into! Let's see a dramatic example of this:/p pemKnorre-Tchogorin, 1874/em/p pstrong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Bg5/strong/p pWhite has castled early and is trying the Bg5 plan. They do not mix well. Black, who has not castled, chases the Bishop with his King's-side Pawns:/p pstrong6...h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 h5 9.Nxg5 h4! 10.Nxf7 hxg3!/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pBlack ignores White's attack on the Queen because he can see a way to get to the King!/p pstrong11.Nxd8 Bg4 12.Qd2 Nd4 13.Nc3 Nf3+ 14.gxf3 Bxf3 15.hxg3 Rh1# 0-1/strong/p pBut perhaps this line gives us a clue to the best plan for White at move six:/p pa name="NAME466872449" id="NAME466872449"(3) The attack with Bg5/Nd5/a/p p[Of course, Black can play the same plan with ...Bg4/...Nd4]/p pPlay might go:/p pstrong6. Bg5 O-O 7. Bd5 h6/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / v,./9EFJM/p pBlack is in trouble here. After:/p pstrong8. Nxf6+ gxf6/strong/p pBlack's King position has been opened up./p pstrong9. Bh6/strong/p pNow White has big threats, like Nh4-f5, Qg4/h5./p pSo, after 6.Bg5, Black should play strong6...h6/strong straight away./p pWhite might retreat strongwith 7. Bh4/strong but then Black can break the pin forever with strong7...g5./strong/p pForever? Well, again, not if White is brave and plays/p pstrong8. Nxg5!? hxg5 9. Bxg5./strong/p pThis would be even stronger if Black had already castled, because White would have an attack against the Black King./p pUsually White does not play like this if Black hasn't castled, because Black can survive the threats. So, if Black hasn't castled, after/p pstrong6. Bg5 h6/strong/p pWhite should probably play/p pstrong7. Bxf6/strong/p pInstead, after strong6. Bg5/strong Black can remove White's proud Bishop on c4 with/p pstrongem6...Na5/em/strong/p por block the Bishop attack with/p pstrongem6..Be6./em/strong/p pa name="NAME466872450" id="NAME466872450"(4) The Canal variation/a/p pIn fact, probably the best plan in the standard Old Stodge position is to aim for d3-d4 after a sequence like:br / strong1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Bg5! h6! 7. Bxf6! Qxf6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. c3!/strong So, if you are going to play d3-d4 eventually, why not go for a more open game from the start?/p pstrongema name="NAME466872452" id="NAME466872452"Old Stodge is a difficult and unpleasant variation for both sides, where the Rooks are hard to develop and natural moves sometimes turn out badly. In fact, it's nothing like as safe for either side as you might have thought! You should aim to play a much more open game where it's easier to understand what is going on./a /em/strong/p pnbsp;/p h2pstronga name="NAME466872437" id="NAME466872437"Securing an open game as White/a/strong/p/h2 pemstronga name="NAME466872438" id="NAME466872438"Play the modern main line Giuoco Piano strongwith 4.c3/strong/a/strong/em/p pAfter strong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5/strong play strong4. c2-c3/strong/p pThis is an easy way to get an open game with White./p pThis move has the immediate threat to take over the centre with strong5. d2-d4/strong . Black must react quickly and with the right moves - or else get into big trouble early on here./p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrong4. c3 Nf6/strong/p pmust be right./p pstrong5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4/strong/p pNow if Black retreats:/p pem6...Bb6 7. d5/em/p pand Black is being forced back./p pBlack should go forward:/p pstrong6...Bb4+/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pNow/p pem7. Bd2 Bxd2+ 8. Nbxd2 d5!/em/p pIs about equal, and/p pstrong7. Nc3!?/strong/p pis a risky gambit for White after/p pstrong7...Nxe4! 8. d5! Bxc3+!/strong/p pstrongnbsp; /strong/p pstrongema name="NAME466872453" id="NAME466872453"The modern Giuoco Piano sets Black problems from the first moves. You are bound to get an open game and perhaps chances to win quickly. All the variations of the Modern Giuoco Piano are open and exciting, and you should never get bored!/a/em/strong/p pnbsp;/p pstrongema name="NAME466872439" id="NAME466872439"Play the Evans' Gambit/a/em/strong/p pAfter strong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5/strong play strong4. b2-b4/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pAfter strong4...Bxb4/strong you can open up the game AND take over the centre with strong5. c2-c3/strong and a later d2-d4. You pay for getting both at once with a Pawn./p pIs this good value? Kasparov thinks so!/p hr / h5emKasparov,G - Anand,V [C51] Tal Memorial Tournament, Riga (4), 1995/em/h5 pstrong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Be2 exd4 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.e5 Nc6 10.Qh4 Nd5 11.Qg3 g6 12.0-0 Nb6 13.c4 d6 14.Rd1 Nd7 15.Bh6/strong/p pBlack grabs a second Pawn./p pstrong15...Ncxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Nc3/strong/p p(develop before attacking with a move like Bg7)/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="!" src="/x/wqd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrong17...f6 18.c5 Nf7 19.cxd6 cxd6 20.Qe3 Nxh6 21.Qxh6 Bf8 22.Qe3+ Kf7 23.Nd5 Be6 24.Nf4 Qe7 25.Re1/strong/p pan amazing destruction of the current world No.3 and his PCA championship challenger/p pem[25.Re1 Qd7 (25...Re8 26.Nxe6 Qxe6 27.Qxe6+ Rxe6 28.Bc4; 25...Bh6 26.Bc4) 26.Bb5 Qxb5 27.Qxe6+ Kg7 28.Nd5 Qb2 29.Rab1] 1-0 /em/p pemstronga name="NAME466872454" id="NAME466872454"Evans' Gambit is a sharp attacking line where White gives up a Pawn for a strong attack. The Pawn is important only in the endgame, and Black might not survive that long!/a/strong/em/p pnbsp;/p pstrongema name="NAME466872440" id="NAME466872440"Play the Scotch Game/a/em/strong/p pAfter strong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6/strong play simply strong3. d2-d4/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pAfter strong3...exd4/strong (forced) you can play a nice open game with strong4. Nxd4/strong , or you can play one or two interesting gambits with strong4. Bc4/strong [Scotch Gambit] or strong4. c2-c3/strong [Goring Gambit]./p pstrongema name="NAME466872455" id="NAME466872455"The Scotch Game opens up the play straight away, and there are some exciting gambits as well as straightforward developing lines for White./a/em/strong/p pnbsp;/p h2pstronga name="NAME466872441" id="NAME466872441"Securing an open game as Black/a/strong/p/h2 p... is more difficult./p pstrongema name="NAME463619192" id="NAME463619192"/aa name="NAME463693945" id="NAME463693945"/aa name="NAME466872442" id="NAME466872442"Two Knights#8217; Defence/a /em/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrong1.nbsp;e4 e5 2.nbsp;Nf3 Nc6 3.nbsp;Bc4 Nf6/strong/p pThis is another nice way for Black to avoid White's intentions./p pWhite may be surprised into playing/p pem4. Nc3?/em/p pAfter/p pem4...Nxe4! 5. Nxe4 d5!/em/p pBlack gets the piece back and is assured of an open game and easy development. You must play this sort of trick if you get a chance./p pstrong4. d3/strong is pretty dull ( em4. d3 d5!?/em is the right attitude but maybe the wrong move)/p pThe main line involves a gambit:/p pstrong4.nbsp;Ng5/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pWhite moves a piece twice, which is usually a waste of time, but White has some reason here./p pSome players are scared to play the Two Knight's Defence because of this Ng5 move. It's not that strong, but it is tricky./p pstrong4...d5/strong/p pNot forced: the risky em4...Bc5/em is also played./p pstrong5.nbsp;exd5/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pNow Black has four choices:/p pstrong5...Nxd5?/strong/p pstrong5...Na5!/strong/p pstrong5...Nd4!?/strong/p pstrong5...b5!?/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pa name="NAME463619193" id="NAME463619193"After: /a/p p5...Nxd5?/p pWhite can play the/p pstrongema name="NAME463693946" id="NAME463693946"/aa name="NAME466872443" id="NAME466872443"Fried Liver Attack/a /em/strong/p pstrong6.nbsp;Nxf7/strong/p pThis can be shocking if you haven't seen it before!/p pLots of people know the name, but may not know exactly which variation it refers to. Even if you know the moves, you may not know that Black shouldn't allow it - and, if allowed, White shouldn't play it!/p pWhat#8217;s the idea?/p pstrong6...Kxf7/strong/p pWhite forks King and Knight with/p pstrong7.nbsp;Qf3+ Ke6 8.nbsp;Nc3 Nce7/strong/p pwith an attack./p pWhy shouldn't White play it, though? Well, if Black can get this far, we might see ...c6, ...Kd7-c7 and Black will have a safe King and an extra piece!/p pSo, why should Black not allow it? White has a better choice at move 6:/p pstrong6.nbsp;d4!/strong (Lasker) threatening Nxf7 and opening up the game. White is better here./p pSo, at move 5, Black is forced to sacrifice./p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrong5...Na5!/strong/p pis the main line of the Two Knights' Defence:/p pstrong6.nbsp;Bb5+ c6 7.nbsp;dxc6 bxc6 8.nbsp;Be2 h6 9.nbsp;Nf3 e4 10.nbsp;Ne5 Bd6 11.nbsp;f4 0-0 12.nbsp;0-0 Qc7/strong/p pBlack's development is worth a pawn, but the Knight on a5 is not well placed for a King's-side attack at the moment./p pInstead:/p pstrong5...Nd4!?/strong and/p pstrong5...b5!?/strong/p pare less well-known moves which are just as good for juniors, I think. In fact, these lines all mean that White has to defend, so if you are ever faced with the Two Knight's Defence, I recommend that you play strong4.d4! /strong/p pstrongema name="NAME466872456" id="NAME466872456"The Two Knight's Defence is a fine variation for Black. After 4.Ng5 White starts an attack, but soon it is Black who is doing the attacking! You should only play 4.Ng5 if you are the sort of player who likes to try to hang on to a Pawn hoping to survive an attack. If you like doing the attacking, you should hope your opponent plays 4.Ng5 against you!/a/em/strong/p pstrongnbsp; /strong/p pstrongema name="NAME466872444" id="NAME466872444"Play the Petroff Defence/a/em/strong/p pAfter strong1. e4 e5 2. Nf3/strong play strong2...Nf6!/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pThe main lines with strong3. Nxe5 d6! 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7/strong and strong3. d4 d5!/strong are both much more open than the Old Stodge. Some people think the Petroff is a bit stodgy, but the fearsome Frank Marshall used to play the Petroff to win:/p pemJanowski - Marshall 1912/em/p pstrong1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.c4 0-0 8.cxd5 Bb4+ 9.Kf1 Qxd5 10.Qc2 Re8 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Qxf3/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="q" src="/x/bql.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="K" src="/x/wkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pstrong13.cxb4/strong/p pem[13.gxf3 Bh3+ 14.Kg1 Re1+ 15.Bf1 Rxf1#;/em/p pem13.Bxh7+ Kh8= 14.cxb4 g6 (14...Bh3; 14...Nc6) ]/em/p pstrong13...Nc6 14.Bb2 Nxb4 15.Bxh7+ Kh8 16.gxf3 Bh3+ 17.Kg1 Nxc2 18.Bxc2 Re2 19.Rc1 Rae8 20.Bc3 R8e3 21.Bb4 Rxf3 22.Bd1 Rf6 0-1/strong/p pThere is a slight problem if White is frightened into strong3. Nc3/strong because of course we are half-way towards Old Stodge again. Black won't mind if after the obvious strong3...Nc6/strong White opens the game with strong4. d4/strong . We have already seen that strong4. Bc4/strong fails to the trick strong4...Nxe4!/strong , so the only other try is strong4. Bb5/strong , which of course makes it difficult for Black to play ...d5 because of the e-Pawn, and theory suggests that the lively em4...Bc5?!/em is not very good for the same reason. One safe move for Black is strong4...Bb4/strong , but to me that looks like another version of Old Stodge, so you might like to try strong4...Nd4!?/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pAccording to theory there is no way for White to punish Black for this unusual move, and it may be a way of mixing things up a little./p pstrong5. Ba4 Bc5! 6. Nxe4 O-O!/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pGreedy White may be punished here./p pIf all this seems a bit much the simple strong3.Nc3 Bb4!?/strong is probably OK./p pstrongema name="NAME466872457" id="NAME466872457"Petroff's Defence gets White thinking right away and the main lines are nice and open. Some people say the Petroff can be dull, but sometimes it is not as dull as White might hope!/a/em/strong/p pnbsp;/p pstrongema name="NAME466872445" id="NAME466872445"Play the Centre Counter [Scandinavian] Defence/a/em/strong/p pAfter strong1. e4/strong play strong1...d5!/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pThis used to be described as "sucking all the life out of the position", and it's absolutely true that I can't bear playing games with em2. exd5 Qxd5/em - White can gain a move by kicking the Queen about with em3. Nc3 Qa5/em but Black tends to play a solid set-up with ...c6 and ...e6, which can be tough to break down./p pBut recently Black players have had a few new ideas in the line with strong1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6!/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pOne idea is to play the "Icelandic Gambit" with strong1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6! 3. c4 e6!/strong The idea is that if White grabs a Pawn with strong4. dxe6 Bxe6/strong , White will have a difficult game because of the backward d-Pawn ( em5. Nf3 c5!/em ), unless White plays strong5. d4 Bb4+ e.g. 6. Bd2 Qe7 7. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Nc3 O-O-O/strong/p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="n" src="/x/bnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="1" src="/x/bqd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="!" src="/x/wqd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pwhen Black has raced to nearly complete development, while White has yet to get anywhere near it. [This is pretty fashionable at club level at the moment.]/p pAnother idea, if White is not so greedy, is to play the Jadoul Variation with strong1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6! 3. d4 Bg4!/strong which can be another gambit with strong4. f3 Bf5 5. c4 e6/strong or a better version of the 2...Qxd5 line after strong4. Nf3 Qxd5 5. Nc3 Qf5/strong (or em5. Be2 Nc6 6. c4 Qd7/em ) because the Black Queen doesn't get in the way of developing the light-squared Bishop./p p class="chessboard"img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/tx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="r" src="/x/brl.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="k" src="/x/bkl.gif" /img alt="g" src="/x/bbd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="4" src="/x/brd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="0" src="/x/bpd.gif" /img alt="p" src="/x/bpl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="h" src="/x/bnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="q" src="/x/bql.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="b" src="/x/bbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="H" src="/x/wnd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="N" src="/x/wnl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="P" src="/x/wpl.gif" /img alt=")" src="/x/wpd.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="|" src="/x/lx.gif" /img alt="$" src="/x/wrd.gif" /img alt="." src="/x/w.gif" /img alt="G" src="/x/wbd.gif" /img alt="Q" src="/x/wql.gif" /img alt="I" src="/x/wkd.gif" /img alt="B" src="/x/wbl.gif" /img alt="+" src="/x/b.gif" /img alt="R" src="/x/wrl.gif" /img alt="|" src="/x/rx.gif" /br / img alt="+-----------------+" src="/x/bx.gif" /br / /p pIf your opponent is really determined to be stodgy, em1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6! 3. d4 Bg4! 4. Be2 Bxe2 5. Qxe2 Qxd5 6.Nf3/em is quiet enough, although you may be able to castle Queen's-side, and then throw your King's-side Pawns up to open lines against their King./p pWhite can avoid these lines with strong1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6! 3. Bb5+/strong , or after strong1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6! 3. c4 e6/strong playing strong4. d4/strong , but in both cases we have a more open game than Old Stodge./p pstrongema name="NAME466872458" id="NAME466872458"The Scandinavian Defence forces the game open immediately. This is a trendy line at the moment, but if you like it why not give it a try? Again, there are quiet lines and gambit lines to choose from, but they are all more open and more natural than Old Stodge./a/em/strong/p pstronga name="NAME466872446" id="NAME466872446"Summary/a/strong/p pThis document is about how to try and get an open game, with Pawn exchanges, with either colour, and a bit about what's going on in the Old Stodge in case you are tricked into it. /p pOld Stodge is a difficult and unpleasant variation for both sides, where the Rooks are hard to develop and natural moves sometimes turn out badly. In fact, it's nothing like as safe for either side as you might have thought! You should aim to play a much more open game where it's easier to understand what is going on. /p pThe modern Giuoco Piano sets Black problems from the first moves. You are bound to get an open game and perhaps chances to win quickly. All the variations of the Modern Giuoco Piano are open and exciting, and you should never get bored! /p pEvans' Gambit is a sharp attacking line where White gives up a Pawn for a strong attack. The Pawn is important only in the endgame, and Black might not survive that long! /p pThe Scotch Game opens up the play straight away, and there are some exciting gambits as well as straightforward developing lines for White. /p pThe Two Knight's Defence is a fine variation for Black. After 4.Ng5 White starts an attack, but soon it is Black who is doing the attacking! You should only play 4.Ng5 if you are the sort of player who likes to try to hang on to a Pawn hoping to survive an attack. If you like doing the attacking, you should hope your opponent plays 4.Ng5 against you! /p pPetroff's Defence gets White thinking right away and the main lines are nice and open. Some people say the Petroff can be dull, but sometimes it is not as dull as White might hope! /p pThe Scandinavian Defence forces the game open immediately. This is a trendy line at the moment, but if you like it why not give it a try? Again, there are quiet lines and gambit lines to choose from, but they are all more open and more natural than Old Stodge. /p

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