Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 now what?
I'm in doubt. You probably have noticed that the games I show you are always very sharp. At our club however, there is a great contingent of players who consider me to be a very passive and careful player. That are the ones who play 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 with white against me.
In the past I have tried the following against this:
The classical Dutch. This opening is very slow, with a lot of pawn moves (f5, e6, d6, b6) leading to an awful lot of manoeuvring. Tried it for years because Euwe recommended it. So boring that I quit chessplaying for 20 years.
The Leningrad Dutch. I couldn't handle all the holes in my position like g5, f6, e6 and the vulnerable diagonal a2-g8
The Kings Indian. Although I had actually considerable success with it, I never felt at home in the crampy positions that I reached. After a few years of trying, I abandoned it.
The Pirc. Even crampier than the KID and a whole bunch of theory to learn.
The Benko gambit. I would really love to play this, but 98% of my opponents deviate early from the 5 moves you need and where the book starts.
(Modern) Benoni. I dabbled around for two years with c5 to lure my opponent into a Benko gambit via move order tricks. To no avail.
The Döry. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Ne4 followed by f5. A transposition to a bad Dutch defense.
The Fajarowitsch variation of the Budapest gambit. I'm pretty succesful with this, but it works only with the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4. Knight f3 by white rules out blacks e5.
Nimzo-, Bogo-, Queens-Indian defense. The past year I have dabbled around with this. I actually settled for the QID. But the QID is used to sit the game dead until your opponent makes a mistake. The opponents who play Nf3 and d4 are mostly lower rated than me. What they tend to do is sitting the game dead themselves, waiting until I start the action. But with the QID you can't be the first who comes into action. If you open a diagonal for your own bishop, you open it at the same time for your opponents bishop. I'm used to openings with which I can punish passivity. But the QID simply doesn't allow that. Last friday at the club I ended up in time trouble against a 200 points lower rated opponent and lost.
What must I do? Leave the QID? What else? In desperation I fired up 6 cc-games with the Albin Counter gambit. Which isn't as bad as it's reputation, giving the new outings of Morozewitsch lately.