Originally posted by robbie carrobie
I noticed that in one of your contributed games that you started with 1.f4, how are you finding it, do you also play the dutch as black. i tried the 'polar bear system', but failed miserably to make any inroads with it although this is probably due to a lack of real understanding on my part.
i kind of guessed from some of your other posts that y ...[text shortened]... yer, as its like a dragon with reversed colours as well, especially with bishop on b3 etc etc.
yeah, I play leningrad both as white and black. white is better for me, because there's practically no theory. I've played around 1000 games in it so it tends to be advantageous for me. can't say that I was even close mastering it though, but usually I know the positions better than my opponents.
with black I'm very much a beginner still, just learning the ropes and making a lot of mistakes. and people can book up or db in it, which can't happen with the reversed leningrad. but they complement each other nicely, and most things apply to the other.
one of the initial reasons of getting into fianchettoed openings, was that I had huge trouble playing with 'weakened' kingside pawns. so I started deliberately pushing them, learning to cope in those type of positions. first I went for KID, then dragon, then finally to leningrad. along the way I learned to love aggressive kingside attacks with pawns, and the weakness turned into a strength.
I've still got a lot to learn, but yeah, I like it a lot.