Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

1. e4 e5 ! or 1.e4 e5?

When I play black, I like to respond e5 to e4. I do this because I like the variety of playing against different open games. White is driving and I am along for the ride. I could be facing a scotch game, bishop opening, king indian attack, vienna game, italian game, elephant gambit, four knights, ruy lopez or a king gambit . Openings I have played at one time or another. I like the variety.

I suppose I could become a specialist in one defense :the sicilian, scandanavian, petroff, french, caro-kahn,modern or pirc but I would miss the variety. With my current attitude do I lose more games? most likely yes but I feel I am learning more.

I am a little nervous about my selection of Kings gambit as white for my tournament opening. It requires accurate play and I am not sure I am there yet. I am going to play it and see what happens. We will see next week. Below is an interesting Chigorin King Gambit where the threats build and shift for a beautiful combination.

Chigorin king gambit game


  • At 8:07 AM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said…

    King's Gambit: that takes guts! One thing you can be sure: your opponents probably won't have a lot of book knowledge on it. IN all my games at ICC (around 250) I have run into the KG once!

    Now, ironically, in my games I typically try to transpose into KGD from the bishop's opening. There are some nasty, very sharp lines. When black has his knight on g4 and bishop on c5, things get very hairy. At some point, I'll probably write a post about this one crazy line.

  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    I never thought about reaching it from the bishop but that makes sense. I know some reach it from the vienna as well. I play against the kG quite a bit unsure if it is a european thing on Playchess.com. Of course if you defend with the sicilian you will never play against it. It is interesting that I have never seen a overwhelming trend in any particular defense against be it KGA or KGD. as to Blacks Knight/bishop combo you speak of is very strong which is why i am a little nervous about this.

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said…

    Here is a thread about a line I find particularly troublesome (i.e., 6...f2+). Do you have any ideas?

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    I will have to look at it but I am uncertain as to what I have to add as I don't see this line very often. What I find dificult about playing against the vienna is I thinking I can play the fork trick by 3..nxe4 but see a sac 4. BXf+ KXf7 5.nXe4 . We are now even and I have lost the right to castle.

  • At 9:58 PM, Blogger Jim said…


    The Kings Gambit? Whoa. . .dude, you were born about 100 years too late. . .


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