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Re: C42-C43 The Petrov for the rest of your chess life
Reply #7 - 09/09/13 at 17:14:54
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The Petroff is very good, though perhaps a little less enterprising than 2...Nc6.  It's sound and it avoids both the Spanish and its cousin, the Italian.  It also avoids the dreaded (by some) Scotch. I'm surprised that it's so unpopular in amateur chess.  It is noteworthy that the enterprising Marshall played this defense thoughout his career.
  

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Reply #6 - 09/09/13 at 10:49:17
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I think it's somewhat limiting to play just one opening for the rest of your life, but the Petroff definitely isn't an opening that will be refuted. At the 2000 level I think there's plenty of scope to outplay your opponent, especially considering the unpopularity of this opening below master level (meaning you will have more practical experience in the middlegame positions). You can also gamble with 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 if you want to pose early problems for an unprepared opponent and aren't worried about objective soundness.

  

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Reply #5 - 09/09/13 at 09:43:14
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Thank you very much friends! I am going to try it.
  
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Reply #4 - 09/09/13 at 08:28:36
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Pingudon wrote on 09/08/13 at 20:23:06:
I have played a lot of French and Caro, but I got tired of lack of space. I watt to change to 1... e5 but do not want to study so much theory. Is the Petrov as good as the Caro or French? Kramnik, Anand, Karpov and a lot more had played the Petrov but they don't anymore. Is ok the Petrov to be played against strong players and to be played for the rest of your chess life?

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the Petrov is as good as the French or Caro! Play it for the rest of your chesslife. For sure there are many symmetrical positions so you have just to be very patient to win such games..... Wink
  
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Re: C42-C43 The Petrov for the rest of your chess life
Reply #3 - 09/09/13 at 08:21:06
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I'd have thought that it'd get incredibly boring to play the Petroff over and over again. The Caro at least has a lot of variety in the pawn structures you get.
  
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Re: C42-C43 The Petrov for the rest of your chess life
Reply #2 - 09/09/13 at 04:36:33
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Topnotch, that's my feeling of the Caro-Kann! Well, against players rated about 100 pts lower than me, I don't like to play the Caro because it is so difficult to get complex winning positions against a competent opponent intent on drawing as white.

I find the French and the Sicilian both give more practical winning chances when White is intent on drawing.

If White is rated more than ~100 points lower than me, I don't think it matters which opening within my repertoire I choose. I will be able to create winning chances even as Black.
  
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Re: C42-C43 The Petrov for the rest of your chess life
Reply #1 - 09/09/13 at 03:42:10
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Good against strong players bad against weak ones. Wink
  

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C42-C43 The Petrov for the rest of your chess life
09/08/13 at 20:23:06
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I have played a lot of French and Caro, but I got tired of lack of space. I watt to change to 1... e5 but do not want to study so much theory. Is the Petrov as good as the Caro or French? Kramnik, Anand, Karpov and a lot more had played the Petrov but they don't anymore. Is ok the Petrov to be played against strong players and to be played for the rest of your chess life?
  
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