Hi Para Guy
If you find a 100% sharp opening v 1.d4 then let me know.
The lads are being helpful and the stuff on the Albin is good.
But the rub is 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3.
'2.Nf3 is the antidote to all gambits.' Kasparov.
It certainly rules out the Albin and the Budapest.
(1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 is the anti Budapaest line).
If I knew for certain I was getting 1.d4 d5 2.c4 then I'd be playing the Albin.
But 2.Nf3 or 1.Bf4 in 1.d4 d5 openings are rock solid.
2...Nc6 v 2.Nf3 a Chigorin can be OK but if White wants it's dead then
there is little you can do.
All is despair? No.
This comment you made:
"I love playing (1. d4 c5 ) as black IF they accept the gambit. if they push
the pawn to d5 I end up cramped without much exciting play. "
Getting a white pawn onto d5 is every KID players dream.
I'm surprise no one picked up on this.
Better a white pawn on d5 than a white Knight and the white King's
Bishop is not looking too pretty.
The centre is blocked so you are perfectly justified in carrying out a
So if you want imbalance v the QP then it's the KID.
Andrew Martin's book on the KID is a wonderful introduction.
Your 1.d4 c5!? can transpose into a c5 KID's but most likely it will go
into Benko's or Benoni's. Both perfectly playable for a sharp game.
But I say again;
If you find a 100% sharp opening v 1.d4 then let me know. Please.