Originally posted by BigDoggProblemOr even a d4.
...in the World Championship match, I'm going to throw my mouse through my monitor.
What ever happened to matches with more than one opening in them?
You'd think even cautious players could try a Caro-Kann with Black.
I guess it's asking too much for the old days with King's Indian's, Grunfelds, Sicilians, Benoni's, etc. - positions that were actually unbalanced enough where both players were at risk.
Originally posted by robbie carrobieStill, there are traps and such in the middle game so the upper ranks like Magnus and so forth, the real game starts at what, 20 moves in or so. Still lots of play from then on which still keeps it interesting for everyone. Us duffers included.
I think there is now a realisation that at the top level there is no advantage with the white pieces. At amateur level though all openings are sound and quite playable and we should be glad that we don't have to play these type of things. Perhaps Fischer random really is the solution.
Originally posted by greenpawn34I thought being world champ meant you had to be prepared for all 20 of whites possible opening moves 16 pawn and 4 knight. They don't separate the world championship into who is best e4 player or d4 player or the best e5 d5 defense.
On the other side if someone did venture forth with 1.b4 or 1.g4.
remembering of course that there is a lot of money at stake,
there are those who would say they are insulting the other player.
In amongst the praise and astonishment at Miles beating Karpov
with his 1...a6 there were grumbles that one should not play moves
like that against v a world champion, it shows no respect..
Originally posted by Deputy DaddyThe closer you get to the top of human chess players, the less the number of variations they will throw at an opponent because most of them have been proven to be weaker and more prone to errors. So they are not too prone to throw in a kings gambit or Scandinavian or Dutch. They already know how to decimate those kind of openings. I think Bobby Fischer did a KG against Spassky in 72 and maybe they did that sort of thing in the 19th century when it was who had the mostest attack moves, the hell with subtility but now with computer analysis and the upper ranks with stupendous memories they all know the 19th century stuff down pat and so they wouldn't use it except for a surprise to rattle the opponent trying to figure if they had worked up an improvement.
I thought being world champ meant you had to be prepared for all 20 of whites possible opening moves 16 pawn and 4 knight. They don't separate the world championship into who is best e4 player or d4 player or the best e5 d5 defense.