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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #10 - 06/22/05 at 19:42:20
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Mednis didn't like 1.e3 and said it wasn't worthy of a diagram. I've played 1.e3 e5 2.c4, and transposed to the English 4 knights..  There's a litttle analysis on 1. c4 e5  2. e3  in Watson's English 1...PK4, and it's also briefly mentioned in Hansen's book on e5 in the English
  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #9 - 06/20/05 at 11:46:34
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Exactly right - 1.e3 is a transpositional tool depending on the opponent. It does give Black a lot of options though.

Example where it might be useful - your opponent is a slav player - you know after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 he plays 4...Bf5 leading to reasonable chances for Black. Also you dont like the idea of allowing 3.Nc3 dxc4!?

Solution - go 1.e3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4! Eureka - you have conned him!

Of course he could go 1...e5 and then the plan is out the window - but if you are playing a move like 1.e3 you have to be ready for this.
  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #8 - 06/19/05 at 01:05:52
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Kasparov has played 1. e3 against Fritz 3, so the move 1.e3 is alright, but his games just transposed to other openings.

I don't think there any good unique continuations for white after 1. e3 to give them any advantage. And of course to in order to make use of 1. e3 you need to know all the opening 1.e3 can possible transpose to.

  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #7 - 04/20/05 at 07:40:57
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I have experimented with 1.e3 g6 2.e4 twice against players who like open theoretical positions...
  
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Reply #6 - 01/18/05 at 08:52:28
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I have played it on a semi-regular basis. I like the ideas of a reversed french. It has  brought me moderate success over the board. I have never emploed it ata tourney though
  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #5 - 01/14/05 at 11:45:30
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back in the 90s, I played 1 d3 a few times followed by a combination of 2 e3 or 2 d4 - aiming for transpositions to QGD or French with colours reversed.

I used to score much better with black and didn't have time to keep up with theory. 

I was 180 BCF at the time but scored 2.5/3 against players rated 180, 210, 215.  I wouldn't underrate finagling a higher rated player into lines s/he never plays - the gain in clock time is worth it and the French & QGD are solid. 

(I stopped playing OTB the following year -  those time pressures).

  
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Reply #4 - 07/10/04 at 11:58:15
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I remember a Hugh Myers game where he played 1.e3 and met 1...g6 with the aggressive 2.h4!?.  I'm not really convinced this is all that strong for White, though he did win the game.
  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #3 - 07/10/04 at 08:31:11
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See Nimzovitsj-Spielmann, Karlsbad 1929, the decisive game of this supertournament.
  

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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #2 - 07/10/04 at 08:07:00
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Some time ago I was thinking whether 1.e3 and 1.d3 have a significant independent value, or these moves are simply used for tricky transpositions (hoping that Black ends up in an opening that he is unfamiliar or uncomfortable with). I am still not sure, but I had the feeling that it is more the latter one. Dunnington's book ''Winning Unorthodox Openings'' does not cover them unfortunately - he focusses on 1.b3, 1.b4, 1.Nc3, 1.g3, 1.f4. But after 1.e3 or 1.d3, I suppose White could often transpose into these anyway.
  
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Re: Anyone ever tried 1.e3
Reply #1 - 07/09/04 at 22:53:20
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I think 1.e3 is OK.  Certainly it doesn't fight for a theoretical advantage but might be useful in a psycological sense.  I personally don't care for 1.e3 c5 2.e4.  Surely there is a better method considering 1...e6 is a decent reply to the English.  After 1.f3 e5, I prefer Black although I'd guess there is a way to make the White position playable.  Maybe g3 with the idea of Nh3-f2 and Bg2.
  
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Anyone ever tried 1.e3
07/09/04 at 17:32:55
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i was wondering if anyone has had any experience with
1.e3.

Here are some ideas.
1.e3 d5 2.b3 might transpose to nimzo-larsen
1.e3 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.exd4 d5 is french exchange
1.e3 c5 2.e4  loses a tempo effectively changing the colors of the pieces, black is not playing a sicilian but
a c4 e5 english, which might be useful if your opponent has never played the english or might be made uncomfortable in such a position, although it seems that many sicilian players also play the english.

anyway, this psycological game is very interesting and also arises after
1.f3 d5 2.f4 switching colors and forcing black to play with white pieces against a dutch. 

maybe this is just a little silly and only useful to trick your opponent into playing an unfamiliar position. 

what does everyone think?

Nolan
  
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