Originally posted by UmbrageOfSnow
You are right about the positions being so early being annoying. And I can't figure why in both French Tourneys, for example, there are so many people playing not that great lines that just kind of avoid the main French setup, I'd have thought the people signing up would be the ones who tended to like to actually play the French Defense. Maybe if it ...[text shortened]... variations like a Winawer tourney, then it would tend more towards what a lot of us expected.
Yes and no.
I.e., in the real life, I use often the art of early deviation of transposition when I'm fighting against a stronger opponent or when I'm faced to an opening I don't understand or simply I don't like...
It's a part of the game 🙂
I'll be glad to see Winawer, Rubinstein, Tarrasch variations of the French Defense as quartets but in a split, I'll gladly try to take SOME opponents by surprise... damn, it works 🙂
I have now two thematic splits on the road.
Maybe the splits are a good idea but not so often...