Originally posted by EladarAfter those four pawn moves I have open lines for both my bishops and my queen. 3...cxd6 is a perfectly acceptable and solid move, in fact this pawn formation occurs in the Sheveningen variation to the Sicilian.
I'm rather surprised that your opponent chose to block in his dark bishop instead of developing it. After those three pawn moves, you're behind a bit in development. Your opponent was generous.
Originally posted by Goshenno my friend, i gave up on it, been playing really badly trying to assimilate end game principles into my games, perhaps one day i shall appreciate the endgame, but for now, the Gods have placed the middle game before it!
Oh sorry I just got back today. Haven't updated my profile yet. How are you doing Mr. Robbie? Finished reading Capa's book yet?
Originally posted by GoshenIf I played 2.d4 then it wouldn't have been a Steinitz attack and I already mentioned my dislike for the French defense so I chose a line that keeps the position open and isn't boring like the exchange variation.
why didn't you play the reccomended 2.d4 ? I'm sure 2.e5 is inferior. Don't know why though!
Originally posted by EladarAnother 1300 dogma follower. There is more to openings than just a lead in developmen. In this case black can't do anything threatening and his development will be cramped unless he makes some freeing pawn moves. I will gain that lead back since my development is easy and natural, my pieces finding good squares. Another thing of note is that bringing a piece off the back row and developing it are two dif things.
The Steinitz Attack still gives your opponent a lead in development. That's generally not a good idea.
Originally posted by EladarWow. After white plays d4 black will have a hard time playing e5 keeping his bishop trapped in while white has all open lines. What do you not understand about that? Also, once again, black cannot do anything with his extra development. It will take him a few moves to get his light squared bishops somewhere useful while, once again, whites development is natural and easy. This means that black has more difficult problems to solve then white who has control of the center and completely open lines. I keep stressing that but you don't seem to understand. To criticise any opening or another players choice of openings when you barely understand chess yourself is ignorant.
I said generally, not always.
Just because your opponent played poorly, that doens't mean your play was sound.
Black is cramped because he took with his pawn trapping his bishop. One other thing, cramped is how French players choose to defend. It is this attack that gives black a chance to gain space and be ahead in development.[fen]rnbqk1nr/ppp2ppp/3 ...[text shortened]... et one really good piece of compensation, you aren't playing against the French anymore.