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  1. 03 Oct '07 15:02
    I have my defense of choice for 1.e4: the French: 1.e4 e6, but I haven't really decided on a favorite defense for 1.d4. Suggestions?
  2. Standard member bannedplayer306509
    Best Loser
    03 Oct '07 15:38
    Originally posted by magnublm
    I have my defense of choice for 1.e4: the French: 1.e4 e6, but I haven't really decided on a favorite defense for 1.d4. Suggestions?
    I also play e6 though I'm not a huge fan of the french defense. I prefer it better that my original prefered opening (the semislav).
  3. Standard member Kepler
    Demon Duck
    03 Oct '07 15:40
    Originally posted by magnublm
    I have my defense of choice for 1.e4: the French: 1.e4 e6, but I haven't really decided on a favorite defense for 1.d4. Suggestions?
    Currently I play 1. .... g6 against everything except 1. b3 and 1. b4. Against 1. d4 it allows transposition to a King's indian if white allows and i feel like it but also seems to avoid some of the nasty unconventional openings that white can annoy black with. For instance, a bishop on g5 looks particularly silly with no knight on f6 to pin or attack.

    Before now I have played the Benko Gambit but white very often just ignores it and condemns black to death by suffocation so I abandoned that.
  4. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    03 Oct '07 15:50
    1...f5 leningrad.
  5. 03 Oct '07 15:55
    1. ..Nf6 2. c4 Nc6! and black has equalized.
  6. Standard member Ashley Blue
    Chess Lame-o
    03 Oct '07 16:14
    1. ...c5

    The Old Benoni. I don't especially like it, but it's served me well. I'm not comfortable as black yet facing d4...
  7. 03 Oct '07 16:18
    Currently I'm looking at The Modern Benoni and The Tango

    1.d4...Nf6
    2.c4...c5

    1.d4...Nf6
    2.c4...Nc6

    If they play 2.Bg5 (The Trompovsky) I'm happy with that as I'm learning this from the white side.
  8. 03 Oct '07 16:22
    Originally posted by wormwood
    1...f5 leningrad.
    Any good online sources for the Dutch?

    I want to make a change from the Benko which players keep avoiding with 2. Nf3, 2. Bg5 etc
  9. 03 Oct '07 17:25 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by demonseed
    ...I want to make a change from the Benko which players keep avoiding with 2. Nf3, 2. Bg5 etc
    How does the Benko go?

    and

    What are everyone's thoughts on the Slav/Semi-Slav which I seem to keep running into when I play 1.d4. Sound defense?
  10. 03 Oct '07 17:59
    Originally posted by magnublm
    How does the Benko go?

    and

    What are everyone's thoughts on the Slav/Semi-Slav which I seem to keep running into when I play 1.d4. Sound defense?
    I play the benko, it goes


    1. d4 Nf6
    2. c4 c5
    3. d5 b5!? --after this there are many deviations, I will give the line where the gambit is accepted.
    4. cxb5 a6
    5. bxa6 g6
    6. Nc3 Bxa6

    and there are many popular variations from here.
  11. 03 Oct '07 18:07
    Originally posted by magnublm
    I have my defense of choice for 1.e4: the French: 1.e4 e6, but I haven't really decided on a favorite defense for 1.d4. Suggestions?
    d5, I used to open with d4 myself before I switched to c4
  12. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    03 Oct '07 18:58
    Originally posted by demonseed
    Any good online sources for the Dutch?

    I want to make a change from the Benko which players keep avoiding with 2. Nf3, 2. Bg5 etc
    I couldn't find any, so I started by ordering the fox dvd for leningrad dutch (and the anti-dutch dvd as well) by andrew martin. then I've been just going through games.
  13. 03 Oct '07 19:04
    I play h4
  14. Subscriber duecer
    anybody seen my
    03 Oct '07 19:09 / 1 edit
    1...d5 (I'm too predictable),

    2e4 e6
  15. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    03 Oct '07 23:16 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wormwood
    1...f5 leningrad.
    Here's a Dutch Defense game: Game 3941339 Stonewall variation