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  1. Standard member eagleeye222001
    Eye rival to Saurons
    22 Jun '06 06:28
    what are your favorite sharp openings?
  2. 22 Jun '06 06:52
    I guess the King's Gambit and the Pogulaevsky Najdorf.
  3. 22 Jun '06 07:00
    I'm a 1.e4 player so with White Morra Gambit is excellent at club level, simple plans and very tactical.

    I've found that it is easier to pick a sharp favourite line with Black. Against 1.d4 I play Benko Gambit and against 1.e4 aim for Two Knights (Traxler Counter-Attack!) or Marshall Attack in Ruy Lopez.

    - bahus
  4. 22 Jun '06 07:07 / 1 edit
    Cochrane Gambit ( Petrov defense )
    Marshall Attack ( Ruy Lopez Opening )
    Danish opening
    King's Gambit
    Benko's Gambit
    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
  5. 22 Jun '06 08:08
    French defense/advance variation
    Petrov defense
  6. Standard member Mctayto
    Highlander
    22 Jun '06 08:12
    Don't know the name but
    d4
    c4
    Nf3
    Nc3
  7. Standard member GalaxyShield
    Mr. Shield
    22 Jun '06 08:31
    I heard the Pirc has some super-sharp lines.
  8. 22 Jun '06 09:50
    The Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit is fantastically sharp. I play it via the Bishop's opening rather than the Petrov:

    1. e4 e5
    2. Bc4 Nf6
    3. Nf3 Nxe4
    4. Nc3 Nxc3
    5. dxc3
  9. 22 Jun '06 10:03
    I always like to fianchetto my king's bishop and get my knights out early:

    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 Nc6
    3. Nf6 Nc3
    4. g3
    5. Bg2

    Then I tend to castle. Should I instead play d3 or d4 and bring my queen's bishop out?
  10. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    22 Jun '06 14:04
    Originally posted by eagleeye222001
    what are your favorite sharp openings?
    The Dragon, Benoni, Semi-Slav.
  11. 22 Jun '06 14:13
    The Dragon and Milner-Barry Gambit.
  12. 22 Jun '06 16:26
    Originally posted by Akashic
    The Dragon and Milner-Barry Gambit.
    The Dragon, Benko, and my favorite, the King's Gambit.
  13. 22 Jun '06 16:29
    Originally posted by bahus
    I'm a 1.e4 player so with White Morra Gambit is excellent at club level, simple plans and very tactical.

    I've found that it is easier to pick a sharp favourite line with Black. Against 1.d4 I play Benko Gambit and against 1.e4 aim for Two Knights (Traxler Counter-Attack!) or Marshall Attack in Ruy Lopez.

    - bahus
    Is this referring to the Smith-Morra Gambit Variation of the Sicilian? I'm glad you recommended this, because I need a solid response to the Sicilian and so I might give this a try. (Right now I'm using the Grand Prix Attack, but never seem to get good results with it!).
  14. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    22 Jun '06 20:55
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Is this referring to the Smith-Morra Gambit Variation of the Sicilian? I'm glad you recommended this, because I need a solid response to the Sicilian and so I might give this a try. (Right now I'm using the Grand Prix Attack, but never seem to get good results with it!).
    The Smith Morra is a deadly weapon at the low levels, but I think once you get higher up and meet dedicated Sicilian veterans, you will get tortured. I don't think the opening is objectively any good. I am just making sure that you know that, because when I choose an opening, I always like to make sure that it's objectively good at a high level.
  15. 22 Jun '06 21:20 / 2 edits
    I've been playing Grob's attack (1 g4) of late and it's definitely resulted in some wide-open tactical games. It's surprising how many players around my level (c. 1400) have dropped a piece to Qa4+ with a double attack, or gone down a pawn early after Qxb7. I'm sure I'd get picked apart against quality opposition, but then again that would happen no matter what opening I chose. At least this way the losses are quick and dramatic instead of slow and suffocatng....