Originally posted by pwnguinWhy not try the Alekhine Defense?
What are some good ways of playing for the win as black versus e4, excluding playing e5 followed by Nc6 if Nf3 (the open games) and the sicilian? I need some "surprise weapons" for blitz tournaments. I don't care about soundness or gambitness as long as they cannot be refuted OTB and don't have classic refutations that everyone knows, like the latvian and elephant gambits.
Originally posted by pwnguinI've never played it before, but here's the site to the RHP GM Alekhine Defense database.
That's an interesting suggestion, could you recommend a few games for me to look at where white doesn't blunder but still loses convincingly?
Originally posted by yofidawgI don't care if I play e5, but I don't want to play the open games, which means playing nc6 against nf3.
Scandi, i think it's uncommon enough
Or, how about the Petrov?
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
I know it's an e5 defense but they won't expect it and it's very solid, though it can be drawish so maybe not the best choice
Originally posted by pwnguinthe traxler is an 'open' (e4, e5, then the knights... etc.) game... and black sure as heck better be going for the win in that opening or good luck .
I don't care if I play e5, but I don't want to play the open games, which means playing nc6 against nf3.
But the petroff looks more like a drawing weapon then going for the win.