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  1. 01 Apr '07 21:40
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
  2. 01 Apr '07 21:46
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
    I wish this was rated....


    [Event "Friendly Game, 3m + 0s"]
    [Site "Main Playing Hall"]
    [Date "2007.04.01"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "CMSMaster"]
    [Black "Zeroonze"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "1444"]
    [BlackElo "1878"]
    [PlyCount "25"]
    [EventDate "2007.04.01"]
    [TimeControl "180"]

    1. b4 {3} e6 {4} 2. a3 {2} d5 {1} 3. Bb2 {1} c5 {0} 4. c3 {8} Nf6 {1} 5. Qc2 {4
    } Bd7 {3} 6. c4 {1} cxb4 {7} 7. cxd5 {4} exd5 {2} 8. axb4 {2} Bxb4 {2} 9. Nf3 {
    3} O-O {5} 10. Ng5 {2} h6 {3} 11. Bxf6 {2} Bxd2+ {14} 12. Nxd2 {3} Qc8 {1} 13.
    Qh7# {(Lag: Av=0.47s, max=1.0s) 2} 1-0
  3. Standard member Kepler
    Demon Duck
    01 Apr '07 21:53
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
    I used it a couple of times in my youth to upset the old fools at the chess club I played at. Now my sons occasionally use it to upset this old fool.
  4. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    02 Apr '07 07:40
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
    Never played it! Perhaps I should give it a try. Is it as good as the Grob (1. g4)?
  5. Standard member onyx2006
    onyx2007
    02 Apr '07 09:14 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    Never played it! Perhaps I should give it a try. Is it as good as the Grob (1. g4)?
    as good as the "almighty" grob??? Hardly!
  6. 02 Apr '07 11:00
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
    It's been played...and won with..in a recent us masters tourney
  7. 02 Apr '07 13:45
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    Never played it! Perhaps I should give it a try. Is it as good as the Grob (1. g4)?
    From what I've read; its supposedly "more sound" than the grob.
  8. 02 Apr '07 13:57
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Alright, who's played it? 1.b4 - one of the funnest openings around. Anybody ever used it in a serious game? I've used it a couple of times today in blitz, and every game has had black gain a comfortable advantage only to ruin it in the confusion the opening brings.
    I am currently playing it with black against User 149310. He is living up to his user name.
  9. Subscriber Helder Octavio
    Luso-brasileiro
    02 Apr '07 17:58
    Bobby Fischer - J. Gloger
    Cleveland, Mar 18th 1964 (sim)

    1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 f6 3. e4 Bxb4 4. Bc4 Ne7 5. Qh5+ Ng6 6. f4! exf4 7. Nf3! Nc6 8. Nc3 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 d6 10. Nh4 Ne7 11. Nf5 Kf8 12. 0-0 Qe8 13. Bxf6! Bxf5 14. exf5 d5 15. fxg6 gxf6 16. Qh6+ Kg8 17. g7



    1-0
  10. 02 Apr '07 23:35
    I think after
    1. b4 Nf6
    2. Bb2 e6
    3. b5

    There is not much that white can be proud of.

    From here i think black can develop a very comfortable QID setup if he doesn't want to learn anymore theory on this oddity
  11. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    03 Apr '07 00:28
    Originally posted by idioms
    I think after
    1. b4 Nf6
    2. Bb2 e6
    3. b5

    There is not much that white can be proud of.

    From here i think black can develop a very comfortable QID setup if he doesn't want to learn anymore theory on this oddity
    3. b5 is terrible.
  12. 03 Apr '07 00:46
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    3. b5 is terrible.
    As opposed to?
  13. 03 Apr '07 01:44
    Originally posted by idioms
    As opposed to?
    3.a3?
  14. 03 Apr '07 01:54
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    3.a3?
    Indeed. I can't see b5 being much worse than the only other viable alternative: a3. Objectively I think the position is simply bad for white.
  15. 03 Apr '07 11:27
    I think their should be a b4 tournament on this side.