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  1. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    18 Nov '07 01:39
    Was there ever a book on the CRAB!!

    I mean 1.a4 2.h4 regardless of blacks reply?

    and also....what is it called when black plays 1...a5 and 2...h5 regardless of whites opening?
  2. 18 Nov '07 01:41
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    Was there ever a book on the CRAB!!

    I mean 1.a4 2.h4 regardless of blacks reply?

    and also....what is it called when black plays 1...a5 and 2...h5 regardless of whites opening?
    The obvious answer would be probably not since there are so many variations that black can play and there isn't really any theory in it as 1.a4 2.h4 are just bad moves.
  3. 19 Nov '07 21:44
    I think that Tim Harding wrote a book on unusual openings in the early 1980's. It had weird stuff like the Crab, the Grob, and the Cabbage (...c6 ...a6 ...b6 ...b5 ...a5 ...g6 ....e6).
  4. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    19 Nov '07 23:29
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    Was there ever a book on the CRAB!!

    I mean 1.a4 2.h4 regardless of blacks reply?

    and also....what is it called when black plays 1...a5 and 2...h5 regardless of whites opening?
    Game 2764273
  5. Standard member JonathanB of London
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    20 Nov '07 08:57
    Originally posted by chessisvanity

    and also....what is it called when black plays 1...a5 and 2...h5 regardless of whites opening?
    "cr@p"
  6. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    20 Nov '07 10:52
  7. 20 Nov '07 14:05
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    Game 2764273
    Unfortunately, thats simply a cash of outclassing your opponent.
  8. 22 Nov '07 06:02
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    Was there ever a book on the CRAB!!

    I mean 1.a4 2.h4 regardless of blacks reply?

    and also....what is it called when black plays 1...a5 and 2...h5 regardless of whites opening?
    The reversed CRAB is called the BARC
  9. Subscriber coquette On Vacation
    Already mated
    22 Nov '07 06:10
    if you don't play those moves in that order, then it's a low-carb opening
  10. 23 Nov '07 13:02 / 1 edit
    It just happened that I know someone in my hometown who plays the crab. He doesn't play in FIDE rated tournaments because of the cost of going to one and the fee; his national rating is about the same of his other countrymen who are rated around 2000+ elo.

    My first impression of him was obvious as soon as I saw him unleash the "crab". He doesn't know what the opening is called but he calls it "Serangan sereng" or Side-swipes. (serangan=attack (swipes sounds better, sereng=side). He knows he wouldn't be able to castle but sets up a fortress in the middle, and to rip it open, unless prepared properly, would require boldness to let go of material, and also he's used to defending it.

    If the other guy hesitates to rip open the center, he'd proceed building pressure on either side of the opponent's open files whichever side his pawn advance weakens the most. And it was also dangerous to those unprepared for it, especially when they've castled.

    Whenever anybody draws in a balanced endgame position still full of life, he'd spring up and challenges everyone to take on one side and he'd play it to conclusion. Players loved to gather and watch him demonstrate converting theoretical advantages in the endgame, and once I, a brash kid then, openly pointed out a move I thought he played wrongly, only to be given an endgame lesson (I missed a couple of intermezzos).

    In my opinion, below master level, the crab is as sound as any other opening.
  11. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    23 Nov '07 15:22
    did he play it as black too? or just white?
  12. 23 Nov '07 15:28
    Originally posted by zebano
    Unfortunately, thats simply a cash of outclassing your opponent.
    Ouch!
    :'(
    I almost had him here Game 3078056
  13. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    23 Nov '07 15:30
    thats a grob.
  14. 23 Nov '07 15:33
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    thats a grob.
    Well yes. It was more the point that with a 400-500 rating difference it doesn't matter what handicapping opening the better player uses - a win is almost certain once they begin to equalise again.