Originally posted by wolfgang59
Not for the first time at blitz I've just been thrashed.
How do you deal with it?
1. e4 e5
People that play 2.Qf3 are usually
a. People who haven't got a clue
b. Tactical players (often stronger than you) who are looking to take you out of any preparation.
If can be effective in quick game as numerous threat can be delivered and defending is one of the hardest skill.
The best method to combat this is to note your weak spots and make sure that they are well covered.
This is weak and is often attacked with Bc4 and possibly Ng5 as well. Sometimes the queen can swing over to b3 hitting the b7 and f7 pawns simultaneously. Shield f7 with Nf6 and make sure that f7 is sufficiently covered.
The queen on g3 can hit this pawn and if you are castled beware of the pin on h3.
Some times this pin will allow white to smash blacks kingside pawns by taking on f6
The weakness with the queen move(Qf3) is that it exposes a valuable piece which can be kicked around. Tempi can be gained by kicking the queen with moves such as Nd4 which then targets c2 and Bg4. if the queen heads for b3 sometimes it can be hit with Na5
Qf3 also wastes valuable tempi in the opening which could be used to sort out castelling.
a. Sort out your king safety
b. take advantage of whites underdevelopment and chase the queen to gain more tempi
NB Watch out for cheapos