This relates to Thread 150972
In RJ’ game. (A good OTB swindle by the way RJ)
After: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6
The move 4...Nf6 was rejected out of hand with the comment.
“black plays nf6 resulting in doubled pawns ? not sure about that mate”
How about a thank you mate for the ½ open g-file, the booster to e7-e5, giving Black
the option of developing the Bishop on g7 or h6 and for swapping off a developed piece
that has just made 3 of the opening 5 moves.
RJ also stated that he thought 5…exf6 was better but 5…gxf6 was all ther rage in
the late 70’s through to the mid 80’s for the dynamic reasons I stated above.
In the thread on the Ponziani which descended into name calling.
Somewhere in there you will find I listed the GM’s whose style indicated
a pref for 3…Nf6 instead of 3…d5.
After 5.Nxf6 gxf6
We find some of the same GM’s happily taking the Black side playing 5…gxf6.
Larsen, Hort, Tal, Bronstein, Miles (Miles beat Karpov as Black with it in 1983.)
Short, Speelman, Timman…All were very happy to take the Black side with the…
“Oh My God! he has doubled pawns.” position.
Good players look for exceptions to break the golden rules.
(that is why they are good players and do not dismiss any move at first glance based
on superficial principles.)
I don’t like to use GM games or names to make a point but here is a very good
instructive game with this line.
A. Mikhalchishin, - J. Speelman France 1979