Originally posted by Sicilian SmaugHear hear. Second the vote.
I am really enjoying the King's Gambit, Grunfeld and Semi Slav torunamounts, all openings I had no experience with before but now would be comftable using. Let's have more! Scotch, Ruy (Marshall Attack, Berlin, Steinitz etc seperate tournamounts) Nimzo Indian, various Sicilians and on and on.. The are just such a good learning tool. Bring them on!!
Originally posted by Sicilian Smaugactually. a bird's opening variant would be interesting to me. I use it for white and it makes the game quite different from the hohum... queens/kings/ opening junk....
I remember being kicked repeatedly in the face by a 2000 player on ICC in 3 5 minute games but that was a while back when I was weaker. On RHP I've faced it maybe 4 times and won every game. A tournamount featuring it would be no bad thing though. Bring on tournamounts of all the openings.
Originally posted by Sicilian SmaugThere have been two bird-themed tournaments.
There has been a Bird opening tournie before I believ but many will hav missed out. I'm sure there would be anough interest in another . It would make a change from playing the usual suspects in usual bland 1700+ tournamounts or whatever band.--
Originally posted by tmetzlerWell. I like the Bird's opening ...creates a different feel in the middle of hte board and I like the mid-game play.
There have been two bird-themed tournaments.
Tournament 54 --Birds opening
Tournament 793 -- From's Gambit
I'm considering sponsoring another one, after the FG tournment finishes. I just haven't decided which line I want to see played the most.
Originally posted by Sicilian SmaugI made it into that. I rarely play the Alekhine, and haven't faced it much more often, so I was looking forward to getting some more experience of it. This leads to my question: Should themed tournaments have larger groups? I am only second rated in a group of three so I may well go out in the first round, only getting to play the opening twice with each colour. Wouldn't groups of 5 or 6 be better, as this will allow everyone who enters to get a reasonable experience of the opening.
Damn, missed the enrollment for the Alekhine thematic
Must have filled up fast! More proof that thematic tournamounts are popular.
Originally posted by zebanoI like the specific variations. What's wrong with having 15+ tournaments of specific variations. Not at the same time obviously.
Do you all prefer specific variations or very general ones when entering themed tournaments?
Personally, I like the more specific ones, but then you would have to run 15 tournaments to get through all the positions I would like to see.
Originally posted by Ian68I don't like the big groups. Because I don't play my best chess when I have too many games.
I made it into that. I rarely play the Alekhine, and haven't faced it much more often, so I was looking forward to getting some more experience of it. This leads to my question: Should themed tournaments have larger groups? I am only second rated in a group of three so I may well go out in the first round, only getting to play the opening twice with each colou better, as this will allow everyone who enters to get a reasonable experience of the opening.