Originally posted by paultopiait seems sketchy to me...on both variations black doesn't really lose tempo on either moves. also black gets the center, a knight is on the rim, and on the second variation black is ready castle on move 4 after 2...bxa3 3....Nf6 and then 4...0-0 if he wants to...though I would play d5 just to steal the whole freaking center
All of a sudden, mostly in 3-minute blitz, I'm seeing a lot of white players open with one of the following sequences of moves:
1. g3 d5 2. Bh3
or on the other side
1. b3 e5 2. Ba3
Is this some fashionable new thing? The second version seems a little better than the first (since it at least FORCES black to expend the tempo trading bishops), ...[text shortened]... 8 28. Rf7+ Kg8 29. Ne7 mate. There are at least two other mating lines that I've found too.)
Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromficscool
1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 is actually a black defense.
Schiller admits to playing it in one of his books.
I think it's called the Guatamalan Defense (spelling? ... sorry just woke up).
I'd say these two for white are just to get you out of book.
They don't really accomplish much and in fact are anti-positional.
1.b3 (and 1.g3) create holes. It is ...[text shortened]... ower even gambled with this one with white !
It is no doubt unsound but fun to look at.