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  1. 18 Mar '07 01:16
    Hello all, I'm looking for an aggressive opening choice against 1. d4. Right now I'm using the Nimzo/Queen Indian, and have found that the positions that arise out of these openings are too positional and don't fit in with the tactical nature of my other openings. As White I play the KG against e5, and aggressive lines against everything else. As Black I play the Sicilian against 1. e4 (Kan and Dragon mostly).

    What openings do you recommend against 1. d4 that produce open positions that create lots of tactics attacking chances early on?
  2. 18 Mar '07 01:23
    Benko Gambit or Dutch Leningrad might be worth looking into
  3. 18 Mar '07 01:41
    Originally posted by Akashic
    Hello all, I'm looking for an aggressive opening choice against 1. d4. Right now I'm using the Nimzo/Queen Indian, and have found that the positions that arise out of these openings are too positional and don't fit in with the tactical nature of my other openings. As White I play the KG against e5, and aggressive lines against everything else. As Black I pla ...[text shortened]... nst 1. d4 that produce open positions that create lots of tactics attacking chances early on?
    not aggressive...
    but you said Nimzo/Queen Indian...
    have you looked into the Slavv?
    1. d4 is Closed by nature...
    if you want a more open position...
    try
    1. ... c6...
    if 2. e4 then d5
    you get a semi open Caro-Kann
    if 2. c4 then d5
    and you gat a Slav
    which is my favorite...
    I LOVE the Caro-Kann as black, so i play 1. ... c6 hoping for 2. e4
  4. 18 Mar '07 01:50
    Modern Benoni. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 Check it out on Wikipedia and see if you like it.
  5. 18 Mar '07 03:18
    Originally posted by Akashic
    Hello all, I'm looking for an aggressive opening choice against 1. d4. Right now I'm using the Nimzo/Queen Indian, and have found that the positions that arise out of these openings are too positional and don't fit in with the tactical nature of my other openings. As White I play the KG against e5, and aggressive lines against everything else. As Black I pla ...[text shortened]... nst 1. d4 that produce open positions that create lots of tactics attacking chances early on?
    Yeah, I've been stuck in the same rut for a long time. I do have two openings I'd recommend though:

    Budapest Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!? 3.dxe5 Ng4 with interesting play

    Modern Benoni: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.e4 exd5 5.cxd5 g6
  6. Standard member Raven69
    Different
    18 Mar '07 04:50
    1...h5! with an aggressive kingside attack. It works against both 1.d4 and 1.e4
  7. 18 Mar '07 04:52
    Originally posted by Raven69
    1...h5! with an aggressive kingside attack. It works against both 1.d4 and 1.e4
    Ugh, just go away...
  8. 18 Mar '07 05:08
    Thanks everyone.

    I've narrowed it down to the

    Benoni (non-gambit)
    Benko Gambit
    Budapest Gambit
    Dutch
    Grunfeld Defence

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Grunfeld. I'll give these a try and report back on which one I found best suited to my attacking style.

    Regards
  9. 18 Mar '07 05:09
    Originally posted by Akashic
    Thanks everyone.

    I've narrowed it down to the

    Benoni (non-gambit)
    Benko Gambit
    Budapest Gambit
    Dutch
    Grunfeld Defence

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Grunfeld. I'll give these a try and report back on which one I found best suited to my attacking style.

    Regards
    I've tried the Grunfeld - don't really like it too much, but it's cool.
  10. 18 Mar '07 07:14 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Falco Lombardi
    Modern Benoni. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 Check it out on Wikipedia and see if you like it.
    After 1d4. if my opponent reply's 1...Nf6 then I'll play 2.Bg5 entering the Trompowsky which is one of my favorite openings and worth being prepared for if you play 1...Nf6:

    1.d4...Nf6
    2.Bg5...Ne4
    3.Bf4...c5
    4.f3... Qa5+
    5.c3...Nf6
    6.d5...d6
    7.e4...g6
    8. Qd2...Bg7

    or

    1.d4...Nf6
    2.Bg5...c5
    3.d5...d6
    4.Nc3...h6
    5.Bxf6...exf6
    6.e4...g6
    7.Bd3...Bg7
    8.Nf3...0-0

    These are illustrative games ( Rowson-Hadzimanolis 4NCL Birmingham 2001 & Gallagher-Knott British (ch), Scarborough 2001)) taken from my book on the Tromp by Peter wells. Also worth looking at are the games of Julian Hodgson - a GM renowned for his work with the Tromp...never a dull game (IMHO)
  11. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    18 Mar '07 12:03 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Siskin
    Benko Gambit or Dutch Leningrad might be worth looking into
    Benko Gambit my a**.
  12. 18 Mar '07 15:20
    If you want the aggressive opening, definantly the Dutch Leningrad. I've got an intersting OTB game if your interested.
  13. 18 Mar '07 15:39 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Falco Lombardi
    Modern Benoni. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 Check it out on Wikipedia and see if you like it.
    Yes Modern benoni is good. Besides you should consider playin 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6. and if white plays 3.Nc3 you can always transpose to the Nimzo. This sidesteps some of whites most dangerous options (four pawns fe, MUCH more dangerous to the modern benoni than to the KID). I think this is how most grandmasters use the modern benoni.
  14. 18 Mar '07 15:43
    As mentioned before, the Dutch Leningrad is the most attacking way to play against 1.d4.
    The Classical Dutch is probably your next best bet.
  15. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    18 Mar '07 15:48
    Originally posted by Squelchbelch
    As mentioned before, the Dutch Leningrad is the most attacking way to play against 1.d4.
    The Classical Dutch is probably your next best bet.
    The stonewall also has its merits, although against an opponent who knows what to do it is probably the line that needs most skill.