1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6?!
There are certainly better moves for Black in the position.
The fact that GM Pavel Blatny played it does not make it a good move.
A lot of good players play 'bad' moves against certain opponents to
tempt them forward or to simply avoid their theory.
When you become a good player then you can take chances like
3...h6?! in your games. Until then you must know and obey the opening principles.
I am reminded of Miles 1...a6 v Karpov. Hundreds, nay thousands of
games were lost by Black 1...a6 players because they were NOT
There is no tactical bust but if White simply ignores it and carries
on delevoping to a plan he will reach a comfortable middle game.
In the following instructive game, played in 1863,
White simply ignored 3...h6 and played 4.c3 building a pawn centre.
A simple and solid idea.
The hole created at g6 by 3..h6?! was utilised by White quite brilliantly.
One should look at the old games because there you will find all the blunders
and lemons that are made by todays players. A beginner in 2008 will play
the same blunders as a beginner in the 1800's.
Find 1,000 Short Games by Chernev. Play through them and you will see all the
opening blunders refuted in an instructive and sometimes amusing fashion.
After the first 50 or so you will start to spot, feel or sense the blunder
and should be able to see, or at least have an idea of the tactical refutation.
You will soon have the knack for punishing clumsy opening moves and
of course eradicate them from your own games.
I say again this is not the bust to 3...h6?! but it does highlight
the danger that Black can face should he ignore the developing principles,
especially in a 1.e4 e5 opening.
Watkinson - Amatuer, London 1863