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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #18 - 04/10/12 at 20:13:45
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Matemax wrote on 04/10/12 at 19:37:07:
Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/10/12 at 19:21:19:
Yes, it depends on the rating. One of my opponents when I played in the 2008 Canadian Open (will not say who) was approximately 2350 and it was difficult for me to prepare beforehand as White because my opponent played so many main line openings, against both 1. d4 and 1. e4, and seemed to do well with that strategy.

If you are faithful with your openings and you know them well you don't need to prepare. You may just look up which line of your opening your opponent is playing and refresh your knowledge a bit. Afterwards you enjoy the evening with your friends instead of going through tons of variations.


Except unfortunately when I played in that tournament I knew no one there.  Smiley

But if also you want to prepare a new/surprise line within your opening that you had never played before for a specific opponent, then some extra work may be needed. For example if I play Grünfeld, opponent plays 7. Nf3, and I play usually 9...cxd4/11...Qxa2 line, I might prepare instead 9... b6/10...Qc7 since opponent have spent all time reviewing 9...cxd4/11...Qxa2 and no time on the latter.
  

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Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/10/12 at 19:21:19:
Yes, it depends on the rating. One of my opponents when I played in the 2008 Canadian Open (will not say who) was approximately 2350 and it was difficult for me to prepare beforehand as White because my opponent played so many main line openings, against both 1. d4 and 1. e4, and seemed to do well with that strategy.

If you are faithful with your openings and you know them well you don't need to prepare. You may just look up which line of your opening your opponent is playing and refresh your knowledge a bit. Afterwards you enjoy the evening with your friends instead of going through tons of variations.
  
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Yes, it depends on the rating. One of my opponents when I played in the 2008 Canadian Open (will not say who) was approximately 2350 and it was difficult for me to prepare beforehand as White because my opponent played so many main line openings, against both 1. d4 and 1. e4, and seemed to do well with that strategy.
  

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Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/10/12 at 07:19:39:
It depends on your rating as well--a 2400 can easily play three or more defences, and some of my opponents that I have played against play about three to four defences regularly, for example Grünfeld, King's Indian, Nimzo Indian, Ragozin. If you play fianchetto defences you can try Grünfeld with King's Indian or if you prefer solid light square defences, the QGD and Slav/Semi-Slav complexes.

The question is not what you play but how well you do it. I can also play several openings either with White and Black. But I know where I have my strengths and weaknesses and against stronger opponents I prefer to play on my "strength-playground". I don't think amateurs are capable of really mastering King's Indian, Grünfeld, Nimzo Indian and Ragozin. You can play these openings hoping you get some main lines you've seen or studied. Just take Vigoritos Books on the King's Indian or Avrukhs tomes - hats off if you have time to study them deeply.
  
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It depends on your rating as well--a 2400 can easily play three or more defences, and some of my opponents that I have played against play about three to four defences regularly, for example Grünfeld, King's Indian, Nimzo Indian, Ragozin. If you play fianchetto defences you can try Grünfeld with King's Indian or if you prefer solid light square defences, the QGD and Slav/Semi-Slav complexes.
  

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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #13 - 04/10/12 at 06:42:13
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gramsci wrote on 04/09/12 at 19:04:05:
Do you mean it's better to keep faithful to one main system having different responses for each line than to have two different systems vs 1.e4 & 1.d4?

yes - otherwise you miss the real depth and nuances of your favourite opening. Next step: find similar ideas of your opening in related systems and try to find a way to move order your opponent to them (eg assimilitating some Modern Benoni and Benko to the Kings Indian in your play). You have more success if you are a specialist in certain lines - if people run into them you can beat way stronger opponents...
  
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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #12 - 04/10/12 at 03:04:43
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gramsci wrote on 04/09/12 at 18:54:34:
May be I should pair it with pure Slav, the Chebanenko or the Noteboom?

Why not, if you prefer that to the Botvinnik and the Moscow Gambit?
When I played the Meran I played it as a complement to the Noteboom, which I played as a complement to the Albin's Countergambit. But that's corr. chess.

At the moment I combine the TMB with the Classical Dutch ...Bb4(+). There are no laws forbidding weird combinations of openings.

gramsci wrote on 04/09/12 at 19:04:05:
Do you mean it's better to keep faithful to one main system having different responses for each line than to have two different systems vs 1.e4 & 1.d4?

Why should one approach be better than another? Having two different systems vs. both demands more time and work. If you are willing to spend it, go ahead. It always has been too much for me.
In another sense I always have had back up systems though: interesting and attractive ideas in some opening that allow me to change my repertoire very quickly if I become dissatisfied. That happens about every six years. I typically only change parts of my repertoire at a time. I have been playing the French for 14 years now, but already have a good idea what will be my next answer to 1.e4, without any detailed study.
  

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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #11 - 04/09/12 at 19:04:05
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Matemax wrote on 04/09/12 at 15:12:03:
LostTactic wrote on 04/09/12 at 13:51:54:

Below GM-level nobody needs a "back-up" line - games at our level are NOT decided by opening knowledge. The King's Indian is a very fighting opening with reasonable winning chances - you should vary your responses, then your opponents will have their headaches for sure.

Do you mean it's better to keep faithful to one main system having different responses for each line than to have two different systems vs 1.e4 & 1.d4?
  
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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #10 - 04/09/12 at 18:54:34
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MNb wrote on 04/09/12 at 18:04:56:
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But there are styles and attitudes to playing, and some openings fit better certain styles than others ...
I'm all in for an opening that gives me a lot of tactical chances ...

The Meran.

And how do you pair it? I'd really like to play the Meran as black but I do not know what to play agaisnst 5.Bg5. I think the Botvinnik and the Anti-Moscow Gambit are too risky if not better for White. The Cambridge-Springs has not enough dynsmism. May be I sholud pair it with pure Slav or the Noteboom?
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Reply #9 - 04/09/12 at 18:04:56
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But there are styles and attitudes to playing, and some openings fit better certain styles than others ...
I'm all in for an opening that gives me a lot of tactical chances ...

The Meran.

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the semi-slav too theoretical and they are not universally playable against c4 since white can play e4 at some point,

That's why I wrote that there is no miracle cure. You'll have to compromise one way or another.
It's the same with the English. You can't make 1.c4 e5 work, you don't like the passivity of the Symmetrical ....
Reread your initial post. You have rejected almost everything a priori and have objections against the two that remain.
You should adopt a positive attitude: I want to play such and such positions, I'm going to find out what the problems with suitable openings are and I'm going to solve them.
Or you can sit and wait for Caissa to present you the Philosopher's Stone.
Btw if Black plays an early ...Nf6 and d5 in the Symmetrical he/she is not quite doomed to passivity. Yes, there are problems here too. That's the nature of chess.
  

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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
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LostTactic wrote on 04/09/12 at 13:51:54:
gramsci wrote on 04/07/12 at 11:25:07:
I've had the same troouble lately. I knew I must play the Najdorf against 1e4 but I didn't know what to play vs. 1d4. Finallly the I've chosen the KID, and the Grunfeld as a buck-up line.


I don't think it's wise to have the Grunfeld as a back-up line, the amount of maintenance it will require is not worth it unless it's your primary opening. A better choice would be some variation of the QGD (Ragozin or Tartakower would be my suggestions), theory won't change as much here and will also give you the joy of studying some classical chess.

Below GM-level nobody needs a "back-up" line - games at our level are NOT decided by opening knowledge. The King's Indian is a very fighting opening with reasonable winning chances - you should vary your responses, then your opponents will have their headaches for sure.
  
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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
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gramsci wrote on 04/07/12 at 11:25:07:
I've had the same troouble lately. I knew I must play the Najdorf against 1e4 but I didn't know what to play vs. 1d4. Finallly the I've chosen the KID, and the Grunfeld as a buck-up line.


I don't think it's wise to have the Grunfeld as a back-up line, the amount of maintenance it will require is not worth it unless it's your primary opening. A better choice would be some variation of the QGD (Ragozin or Tartakower would be my suggestions), theory won't change as much here and will also give you the joy of studying some classical chess.
  
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Re: Deciding what to play against the closed games
Reply #6 - 04/09/12 at 13:40:43
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If you want to play for a win you just have to raise your understanding of chess and your practical abilities at the board. If you are really stronger than your opponent you will win out of every opening - the opening will not win the game for you...
  
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Reply #5 - 04/09/12 at 12:28:46
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But there are styles and attitudes to playing, and some openings fit better certain styles than others ...
I'm all in for an opening that gives me a lot of tactical chances ...

MNb wrote on 04/05/12 at 16:59:13:
There is no miracle cure in opening theory, or everybody would play it.
Lower the bar a bit.

Disclaimer: I don't mean to be nasty or sarcastic; I'm completely serious.


The sniper seems to be a g6 Bg7 c5 setup against everything ... while this is playable it seems to be a more positional opening than a tactical one.
I also tried this approach one in blitz and looked at a cd from Bangiev who recommended this universal g6,Bg7,c5 approach.
The new old indian might be o.k., but I looked once at games from Topalov playing the old indian ... he never really got good play in this opening ... but it is something I have to investigate at some point

Vass wrote on 04/05/12 at 17:37:31:
You can try "The New Old Indian" as per Cherniaev & Prokuronov.  Wink
Or even "The Sniper"?!  Huh




The mainline in the Gruenfeld looks drawish to me there white plays cxd5, follows up with e4 and black has to take on c3.

Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/05/12 at 23:21:30:
Which main line of the Grünfeld looks drawish?

And if you do not like the Symmetrical, you do not have to play it, or the Anti-Grünfeld systems. You can play 1...e5 or another line. Usually you are not relinquishing the chance to play the Grünfeld because players who play Anti-Grünfeld systems are trying to avoid it in the first place.


I think I will play KID and Sicilian Kan, as backup lines I will play Nimzo/Benoni/Symmetrical against closed and Tiger's modern against 1.e4

gramsci wrote on 04/07/12 at 11:25:07:
I've had the same troouble lately. I knew I must play the Najdorf against 1e4 but I didn't know what to play vs. 1d4. Finallly the I've chosen the KID, and the Grunfeld as a buck-up line. 

  
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I've had the same troouble lately. I knew I must play the Najdorf against 1e4 but I didn't know what to play vs. 1d4. Finallly the I've chosen the KID, and the Grunfeld as a buck-up line.
  
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