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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #7 - 07/02/19 at 23:29:43
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kylemeister wrote on 06/23/19 at 00:09:18:
XChess1971 wrote on 06/22/19 at 23:10:12:
How about this game??


A bit from David Smerdon (Feb. 2016 update):  "In Aravindh - Carlsen, Magnus chooses the popular 2...g6 defence but although he wins, the victory wasn't entirely convincing. It's an exciting game but in the notes I've shown a few tempting options for White from an early stage that seems to make this line quite playable."    


It looks to me that someone could try playing 1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nf6 (Instead of 2...g6). And in case of 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bb2 then 4...g6. I was wondering if 5.h4 or 4.h4 would be any good at all?kylemeister wrote on 06/23/19 at 15:59:58:
XChess1971 wrote on 06/23/19 at 11:02:46:
It looks to me that someone could try playing 1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nf6 (Instead of 2...g6). And in case of 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bb2 then 4...g6. I was wondering if 5.h4 or 4.h4 would be any good at all?

A couple of other games which have appeared in Chess Publishing are Navara-Wojtaszek with 2...Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Bb2 g6 5. h4 and Motylev-Potkin with 2...g6 3. Bb2 Nf6 4. h4.


After checking this 2.b3 Nf6 I still think that putting pressure on e4 before playing ...g6 is pretty strong. After 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bb2 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.e6 f6 7.exd7 Bxd7 8.Qe2 e5 9.f4 Nxc4 10.Qxc4 b5 11.Qe2 and here Nc6 willing to sacrifice a pawn for development and pair of bishops. It looks pretty decent for black. If 12.Nf3 then 12...Bg7 when winning the black pawn looks poisoned.
On the 5.h4 Bg7 6.Qf3 Nb4 sounds like a much better option than the one suggested by Chris Ward 6...e6. My respects to GM Ward.
  
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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #6 - 06/23/19 at 15:59:58
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XChess1971 wrote on 06/23/19 at 11:02:46:
It looks to me that someone could try playing 1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nf6 (Instead of 2...g6). And in case of 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bb2 then 4...g6. I was wondering if 5.h4 or 4.h4 would be any good at all?

A couple of other games which have appeared in Chess Publishing are Navara-Wojtaszek with 2...Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Bb2 g6 5. h4 and Motylev-Potkin with 2...g6 3. Bb2 Nf6 4. h4.
  
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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #5 - 06/23/19 at 11:02:46
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kylemeister wrote on 06/23/19 at 00:09:18:
XChess1971 wrote on 06/22/19 at 23:10:12:
How about this game??


A bit from David Smerdon (Feb. 2016 update):  "In Aravindh - Carlsen, Magnus chooses the popular 2...g6 defence but although he wins, the victory wasn't entirely convincing. It's an exciting game but in the notes I've shown a few tempting options for White from an early stage that seems to make this line quite playable."    


It looks to me that someone could try playing 1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nf6 (Instead of 2...g6). And in case of 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bb2 then 4...g6. I was wondering if 5.h4 or 4.h4 would be any good at all?
  
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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #4 - 06/23/19 at 00:09:18
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XChess1971 wrote on 06/22/19 at 23:10:12:
How about this game??


A bit from David Smerdon (Feb. 2016 update):  "In Aravindh - Carlsen, Magnus chooses the popular 2...g6 defence but although he wins, the victory wasn't entirely convincing. It's an exciting game but in the notes I've shown a few tempting options for White from an early stage that seems to make this line quite playable."    

  
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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #3 - 06/22/19 at 23:10:12
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How about this game??

  

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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #2 - 06/18/18 at 20:12:31
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There's a new book out.

Covers 2. b3 against the French and Caro as well.

https://www.newinchess.com/sabotaging-the-sicilian-french-and-caro-kann-defenses...

As well as 1. e4 c5 2. b3 b6 there's also 1. e4 c5 2. b3 e5. One follow up idea is to play d6, Nf6, Be7, Nbd7 with a structure for Black similar to a Breyer and other Spanish lines. There isn't a chapter for 2. .. e5 in the new book.
  
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Re: [B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
Reply #1 - 02/04/18 at 10:33:53
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1.e4 c5 2.b3 b6 is hard to meet, eg 3.Bb2 Bb7 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.Bd3 d6 7.O-O Nc6 8.Re1 Nf6 or 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Qc7.
  

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[B20] 1. e4 c5 2. b3
02/04/18 at 09:21:00
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This variation looks very playable for White. The Rossolimo Bb5 move and the Grand Prix f4 without Nc3 seems to work best. Nc3 may work well in some cases, but in this one Nbd2 was used. Some good piece play by White was achieved in the following game.

  
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