Originally posted by ketchuplover
what about the queens indian defense?
Queen’s Indian, King’s Indians, Red Indians.
ALL openings have the capability to turn into a heavy attack
on the King and all so call sharp and tactical openings can
turn into long wood shifting probing games.
Take as an extreme example the barren wastes of the Exchange French.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5
Yes at the good guys level such an opening promises very little
but most on here are not at the good guys level.
I have 7,048 games from this position on here.
White wins - 2690 draws - 1073 Black wins - 3285.
16% of the games were drawn. And look at that Black plus.
Yet the head nodders all agree The Exchange French is a clear draw.
I’ve even seen posts with players saying they have given up the
French because of the Exchange Variation.
My last blog featured Blackburne.
I can link him with this opening and an idea.
Englisch v Blackburne, London 1883
(this is a replayed game after a draw. - see the blog)
So Blackburne was a tricky player.
Yes but was also well read. He possibly got the idea from:
Zukertort v Potter London 1875.
Has appeared on here a few times. Most Black’s here have gone for 8…Be6
holding the d-pawn. 8…Bg4 is definitely worth a try at this level.
It caught Zukertort and Englisch two very good chess players.
The players here were in the draw frame of mind. Such is the dangers of giving
openings tags. You have to take what is front of you and not what you have heard.
Here is a White idea.
White instead of 8.Bg5 sneak out 8.Bd2. and if the tempting 8…Bg4 then 9.Bg5!
Same position but with Black to play.
Black has seen you play 3.exd5 and now Bd2 and Bg5 so he has you down as an idiot.
9…Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Nxd5 (there goes the pawn) 11.Qh3 (here comes the attack.)
Just an idea. A trick, a trap, a joke with a punch line that bites.
Feel swapping ideas like this (no matter how naff they are) are better than
tossing opening names at each other.
Also digging about in these old games often bring up something that time
has passed by not to mention the fact you are studying a game looking for
ideas and enjoying every minute of it.