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Re: What to play against 1.b4?
Reply #5 - 02/09/06 at 00:46:34
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I'd endorse the comments already made. I remember looking at 1 b4 a year or two ago and concluding that 1 ...e5 was virtually a refutation. (1 Nf3 d5 2 b4, by contrast, struck me as interesting.) There's some good material on this on ChessPub, I seem to remember. I also have a dim memory that 1 b4 e5 2 f4!? is a known gambit that a Sokolsky player might have prepared, but I'm afraid that's the extent of my knowledge ...
  
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Re: What to play against 1.b4?
Reply #4 - 02/09/06 at 00:42:41
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[Event "TE.2004.P.01706"]
[Site "IECG"]
[Date "2004.12.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Crawford, Gary"]
[Black "Ottenweller, Wolfgang"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2088"]
[BlackElo "1970"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2004.12.27"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. a3 d5 3. Bb2 Bd6 4. Nf3 Nd7 5. c4 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. d4 Qe7 8. dxe5
Nxe5 9. Nxe5 Bxe5 10. Qd5 Bxb2 11. Qxa8 Qd7 12. Ra2 Bd4 13. Be2 Nf6 14. e5 Bxe5
15. Qxa7 Bd4 16. Qa8 O-O 17. Qf3 c5 18. O-O Bb7 19. Qf4 g5 20. Qxg5+ (20. Qc1 {
This is safer but after} g4 21. Kh1 Qf5 {Black stillgets an awesome attack.}
22. f3 g3) 20... Kh8 21. Rd1 Qe6 22. Bf1 Rg8 23. Qh4 Qc6 24. Qh3 Nh5 0-1

[Event "DESC STS035"]
[Date "2003.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Riepe, Bernhard"]
[Black "Grott, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2015"]
[BlackElo "2093"]
[PlyCount "44"]
[EventDate "2003.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. a3 d5 3. Bb2 Bd6 4. Nf3 Nd7 5. c4 dxc4 6. e3 Ngf6 7. Bxc4 e4 8. Ng5
O-O 9. Qc2 Nb6 10. Bb3 Bf5 11. Nc3 Qe7 12. f3 a5 13. Ncxe4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 axb4
15. axb4 Bxb4 16. O-O c5 17. Rxa8 Rxa8 18. Ra1 Rxa1+ 19. Bxa1 Kf8 20. Qb2 f6
21. Qc2 Bg6 22. Bb2 c4 1/2-1/2

[Event "DESC STS034"]
[Date "2003.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Riepe, Bernhard"]
[Black "Heyn, Ulrich"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2018"]
[BlackElo "2052"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2003.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. a3 d5 3. Bb2 Bd6 4. Nf3 Nd7 5. c4 dxc4 6. e3 Ngf6 7. Bxc4 e4 8. Ng5
O-O 9. Qc2 Ne5 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 Nxc4 12. Qxc4 a5 13. O-O axb4 14. axb4
Rxa1 15. Bxa1 Qg5 16. f4 Qg6 17. e4 Be6 18. Qd4 f5 19. Rf3 Rf7 20. Nc3 fxe4 21.
Nxe4 Rxf4 22. Rxf4 Bxf4 23. g3 Bg5 24. Qxg7+ Qxg7 25. Bxg7 Bxd2 26. Nxd2 Kxg7
27. Ne4 Bf5 28. Nc3 Be6 1/2-1/2

I hope this helps you AFTER studying thouroughly.

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Re: What to play against 1.b4?
Reply #3 - 02/08/06 at 23:29:24
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That's great!

Thanks Klick and BladezII. I appreciate your replies.

What about 1.b4 e5 2. a3 ? You didn't mention those in your reference games. Shooting from the hip, I would say 2. ... d5 ?
  
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Re: What to play against 1.b4?
Reply #2 - 02/08/06 at 22:56:41
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Here is a reliable line which is solid and focuses on fast development and no nonsense.  I provide the lines in the reference games.

[Event "Stans Net Chess 198882"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2004.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Benner, Gerry S (USA)"]
[Black "Hanison, Bernard (ENG)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2431"]
[BlackElo "2579"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6 4. c4 O-O 5. e3 Nc6 6. Bb2 d6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8.
Be2 Re8 9. O-O d5 10. d4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Qd7 12. a3 Bd6 13. Nbd2 Rad8 14. d5 Ne5
15. Bxe5 Bxe5 16. Rb1 Nxd5 17. Rxb7 Nb6 18. Qc2 Nxc4 19. Qxc4 Be6 20. Qc5 Bd6
21. Qa5 Bd5 22. Rxa7 Ra8 23. Rb1 Qc6 24. h3 Rxa7 25. Qxa7 Qc2 26. Rb8 Rf8 27.
Rxf8+ Kxf8 28. Qb8+ Ke7 29. Qb1 Qxb1+ 30. Nxb1 Be4 31. Nc3 Bxf3 0-1


[Event "QC.2004.0.00057"]
[Site "IECG"]
[Date "2004.09.04"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Williams, Barry Mansell"]
[Black "Sherwood, Russell"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2004.09.04"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6 4. c4 O-O 5. a3 Ba5 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bb2 d5 8.
cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nf3 Re8 10. Be2 a6 11. O-O Bf5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Qd6 14. d3
Nf4 15. Bf3 Bxd3 16. Nd2 Bxd2 17. Qxd2 Bxf1 18. Kxf1 Ne6 19. Bxb7 Rab8 20. Bf3
Qxh2 21. g3 Rbd8 22. Qc3 c5 23. Be5 f6 24. Ke2 fxe5 25. Rh1 Nd4+ 26. Kf1 Nxf3
27. Rxh2 Nxh2+ 28. Kg2 Ng4 29. Qc4+ Kh8 30. Qxg4 e4 31. Qh5 Rc8 32. Qe2 c4 0-1

[Event "TE.2004.P.01708"]
[Site "IECG"]
[Date "2004.12.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Korchut, Adam"]
[Black "Parry, Andrew"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2039"]
[BlackElo "1239"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2004.12.27"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6 4. c4 O-O 5. e3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Nf3 Be7 8.
a3 c5 9. Be2 Nc6 10. Bb2 Bf6 11. Qc2 Re8 12. Bd3 Bxb2 13. Qxb2 Nf4 14. Be2 Nxe2
15. Kxe2 Bg4 16. Nc3 Nd4+ 17. Kf1 Bxf3 18. exd4 cxd4 19. gxf3 dxc3 20. Qxc3 Rc8
21. Qb3 b6 22. Rd1 h6 23. Rg1 Qf6 24. Rg4 Qe5 25. Kg2 Qe2 26. d4 Rc2 27. Rf1
Rd2 28. Qa4 h5 29. Rg5 Re7 30. Rxh5 Qe6 31. Re5 Qd7 32. Qc4 1/2-1/2

[Event "CCOL15S3B6"]
[Date "2003.01.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sawamura, Tetsushi (JPN)"]
[Black "Buczinski, Henryk"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[BlackElo "2354"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2003.01.15"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6 4. c4 O-O 5. Nf3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. e3 Re8 8.
Bb2 Nc6 9. Be2 Qd6 10. O-O Qg6 11. a3 Bd6 12. Nc3 Bh3 13. Nh4 Nxc3 14. Bxc3 Qg5
15. Qa4 a6 16. Bb2 b5 17. Qc2 Qxh4 18. gxh3 Qxh3 19. f4 Ne7 20. Bd3 c5 21. Be4
Rab8 22. Rf3 Qh4 23. Rg3 Ng6 24. Bd5 Bf8 25. Qf5 Qe7 26. Rc1 c4 27. d3 cxd3 28.
Qxd3 Rbd8 29. Qb3 Rd6 30. Rd1 Red8 31. Rg5 Kh8 32. Rd4 Nxf4 33. exf4 Qe1+ 34.
Kg2 h6 35. Re5 Rg6+ 36. Kf3 Qf1+ 0-1

[Event "EU/EM/M/017"]
[Date "2003.11.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Schubert, Werner"]
[Black "Lacrosse, Marc (BEL)"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2247"]
[BlackElo "2142"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2003.11.28"]
[SourceDate "2005.07.27"]

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6 4. c4 O-O 5. e3 d5 6. Nf3 Re8 7. Bb2 Bf8 8.
cxd5 Nxd5 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O Nc6 11. d4 Be6 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Bxd4
Nb4 15. a3 Nc6 16. Bc3 Bd6 17. Qb1 Bd5 18. Rd1 Qe7 19. Bf3 1/2-1/2

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5 Nf6  is a solid line and study these games since they are very typical.
  

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Re: What to play against 1.b4?
Reply #1 - 02/08/06 at 22:01:09
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This one is easy Wink

1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Qd6! yes, it looks weird, BUT notice that the queen simultaneously attacks b4 and supports a coming e5 for black. White cannot stop both.

Check it up, it has a good pedigree. There is an article on it out on the internet somewhere, but I`ve forgotten where..
  

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What to play against 1.b4?
02/08/06 at 20:02:39
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I was wondering if you guys could shed some light on how you answer 1.b4 or what sources are out there that could help me. Next week, I am facing an opponent at my local club who loves to play 1.b4

I normally play Nimzo/QID and French as well as occasionally a Dutch Leningrad with black.

Thanks and all the best
  
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