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Reply #25 - 03/16/06 at 17:09:36
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I don't think White can chicken out with a Closed Sicilian in response to 2. ...Ktc6 since
3. Ktc3 Ktf6 ; 4. g3 d5 exposes White's poor control over -e5.
Also, in Brian Wall's "Albin line" 2. ...d5 ; 3. d4 ed ; 4. d5, why not maintain the analogy and play 4. ...g6. The knight once again appears to be misplaced on -h3, where it does nothing to contribute to the assault on the -e4 pawn...

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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #24 - 02/24/06 at 18:27:53
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I'm not sure why all the "analysis" has concentrated on 2...d6 and 2...d5 by Black.  Surely he can play flexibly and get, at worse, a form of Closed Sicilian?  Why not 2...g6 or 2...Nc6?  How does White justify the Knight on h3 in these positions?  Admittedly the game could probably head into a Closed Sicilian with White having put his knight on h3, which is no "refutation" by Black, but then it's perfectly fine for him as well...
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #23 - 02/23/06 at 15:04:31
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So this thing even has a name. I met it in e-mail-correspondence chess recently but was far from impressed. O course, I play 2..e6 which spoils the fun probably ?!
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #22 - 02/21/06 at 10:40:15
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How about Zvjaginsev's 2.Na3!? if one has to put a knight on R3 then I'd prefer that. I suppose the idea is to keep options open about entering positions similar to c3-, Bb5 or Closed lines? At least it worked well for Zvjaginsev against theory oracle Khalifman...
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #21 - 02/21/06 at 09:52:42
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Damn - I can't believe I missed this conversation originally! If I'd known this last night when my opponent whipped out 1...c5, I might have been tempted to give it a try.

1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 e5 3.f4!? looks like a reasonable try for a white advantage to me.
1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 d5 3.f4!? offers a transposition into Bryntse's reversed Budapest/Q-sac lines after 3...d5 4.Ng5!?, while 3.d4!? looks fun too.
1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 d6 3.g4!? is what chess should be about.

I'm gonna have to take a closer look at this.

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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #20 - 09/01/05 at 07:53:02
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I have recently been looking at 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 e5.  The point is to stop the Nf4 nonsense, but I worry about allowing 3.f4 to become good.  Maybe I need to consider other ways of making Nh3-Nf4 inoperable or a waste of time.

Or, maybe I need to stop seeing ghosts in these lines.
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #19 - 09/01/05 at 04:42:51
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I have seen just about everything against the Sicilian, but even I admit, 1 e4 c5 2 Nh3 is weird! Why is this "Brick"
not so well-known?
 


Because it is not popularised by its inventor in chess forums
Tongue LOL
  

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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #18 - 09/01/05 at 02:52:22
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I have seen just about everything against the Sicilian, but even I admit, 1 e4 c5 2 Nh3 is weird! Why is this "Brick"
not so well-known?

    Next time I play against the Sicilian, I'll play 2 Nh3!
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #17 - 08/19/05 at 11:19:16
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I am slightly surprised that someone rated 2300 was not familiar with that very well-known trap, but there we go ... that's the power of the surprise weapon I guess ...


Well, the conditions of the game was not specified.  It could have been played at 3am in an online blitz game.  In that case, just remembering how the horsey moves can be a challenge!  Wink

(It jumps three squares and falls over one.  Or on a bad day, it jumps one square and falls over three times.)
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #16 - 08/19/05 at 03:00:41
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I am slightly surprised that someone rated 2300 was not familiar with that very well-known trap, but there we go ... that's the power of the surprise weapon I guess ...
  

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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #15 - 08/19/05 at 01:34:40
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Thanks to Alumbrado and Castlerock for pointing out and correcting my mistake in annotation.  The opening has me so discumbobulated that 2.Nh6 seemed almost as reasonable as 2.Nh3 Tongue

Well, we have the master himself responding, so I will let him defend his (and Jack Young's idea).
  
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Reply #14 - 08/19/05 at 00:15:56
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Jack Young also calls the Brick the Anhor Punch because it is based on one trap like a boxer with one good punch.

There is an additional trap which I sprung on 2300 Brian McCarthy -

1 e4 c5  2 Nh3 d5  3 d4  ed  4 d5  e6  5 Bb5+  Bd7

6  de  B:b5  7 ef+  Ke7  8 fg(N)+!!!   Ke8  9 Qh5+  Kd7

10  Nc3  Bc6  11 0-0-0+   Resigns

All Albin players will recognize this trap

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Reply #13 - 08/19/05 at 00:04:58
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The Brick is discussed extensively at

www.walverine.com

www.ChessBrianWall.com

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/BrianWallChess/join

Inventer - old friend Jack Young



the idea is

1 e4 c5  2 Nh3  d5  3 d4  albin reversed with Nh3 thrown in

1 e4  c5  2 Nh3  d6  3 g4  Nf6  4 g5 N:e4!!  5 d3!!

Popovych - " I saw that!"


Lately I have refined it to an art form with

1 e4  c5 2 Nh3  and I move my knight to f4 as soon as possible for a real black mindcrappity smack.

I follow up with g3, Bg2, Nc3

then I have h4 versus 0-0 option or both plus d3,Be3 option or b3,Bb2 depending on how much of  wienie my opponnet is.

Basically Black is in shock and responds  feebly with standard ideas. I pick up the pieces of their shattered pysche, laugh heartily and post their failures to the world.

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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #12 - 08/18/05 at 14:35:45
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After 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 d5 I think that 3.exd5 must be best, and then after 3...Bxh3 4.gxh3 Qxd5 5.Qg4!? looks the right way to go and after a plausible sequence such as 5...Nc6 6.Bg2 Qe5+ 7.Qe4 0-0-0 8.Qxe5 Nxe5 9.0-0 then White has the two bishops but grotty kingside pawns. I'm not sure quite where the balance lies, but I doubt that White is worse.


6...Qd6 intending Nf6 looks better for black imo, Fritz's 7.Qa4 is hardly the solution as doubling black's c-pawns wouldn't make up for the doubled h-pawns. And if black just builds up with g6, Bg7, 0-0 - how will white get any play for his weak k-side pawns?
  
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Re: The "Brick" 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3??!
Reply #11 - 08/18/05 at 13:48:28
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I don't think that anyone playing 2.Nh3 is really after much of an opening advantage, they're more likely to be aiming for an interesting, unusual position from which they can try and outplay their opponent. Having said that I think that White may still be able show some advantage after 6.Nc3 instead of 6.Bc4. The plan is just to play d3, Be3, Qd2 and try to do something with the kingside space.
  
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