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Axiom
10-06-2006, 11:07 PM
Sick of being out-memorised by those walking data bases?
Want to stun them in their tracks, with an early jolting psychological blow?
Want to see them unbalanced from the effects of either fear or mirth?

It is the dawn of a new age in chess openings, a time to upturn the books, a time to strike fear in the very hearts of convention. A time for rebellion!

REVOLT WITH THE POSSUM !!

After white plays 1.e4,
Black can throw any damn rubbish first move at you...e5,c5,e6,d6,g6 , it doesnt matter, you just wheel out 2.f3 , and you enter the whole new world of THE POSSUM!. A world where the resourceful possum skillfully manoevres around his domain, in the "early hours", in this new dawn ....OF THE POSSUM !

This thread, myself along with new devotees , vasia(!?), and k. bonham, will aim to establish this as a viable new opening,

An important test case will be played out on this thread...Axiom v K.Bonham,
starting in a few days. KB will play his indomitable french defence, a great early test for THE POSSUM !

The general POSSUM set up is: e4, d3, f3, g3, Bg2
(crouching at dawn,
creeping in the dark,
a blood curdling cry ,
the revolting claws,
...of the POSSUM.
on high!)

(SEE corr. game thread for possum win v vasia !)

Trent Parker
11-06-2006, 12:44 AM
Ok where do the knights usually go? where does the QB normally go? I might try it tomorrow.... it cant be as worse as i'm playing now......

Axiom
11-06-2006, 01:12 AM
Ok where do the knights usually go? where does the QB normally go? I might try it tomorrow.... it cant be as worse as i'm playing now......
(1)ok, qb often goes to e3 then to f2, if biffed by d4.
(2)Ne2, (2a)or sometimes to h3 then f2.

both (1) and (2a) used to protect diagonal from probable bl B on c5

(3)Nb either to c3 or d2 , both knights can then be manoeuvred according to black's play.....general idea is gradual kside build up ,space push. ,let bl advance qside , and try to beat him to the punch on the kside.

sometimes the move c3 is useful, as often so is h3 stopping Bg4

please feel free to let me know how you go, i will be happy to answer any questions on this line

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2006, 04:39 PM
REVOLT WITH THE POSSUM !!

Pun intended? :D

I was thinking that the thematic response to 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.f3 (or 2.f3 d5 3.d3) should be ...c6 if only because it makes the board look so pretty. But in the meantime I have come up with another idea that I may try once our game gets underway.

Arrogant-One
13-06-2006, 05:13 PM
REVOLT WITH THE POSSUM !!



Haven't I already refuted the possum variation by pointing out that no titled players since 1930 have used this opening?

Axiom
13-06-2006, 05:21 PM
Haven't I already refuted the possum variation by pointing out that no titled players since 1930 have used this opening?
AO stop playing possum, and start playing THE POSSUM !!

Davidflude
13-06-2006, 10:40 PM
The correct move order is

1. g3 think of a move
2. f3 try another move
3. Nh3 any move other than Bxh3
4. Nf2 black should be confused by now.
5. Bg2

Then e4 can be played at leisure. This is the single huppopotamus. Grandmaster Suttles sometimes played the double hippo setting up the same formation on both sides of the board.

Axiom
13-06-2006, 11:00 PM
The correct move order is

1. g3 think of a move
2. f3 try another move
3. Nh3 any move other than Bxh3
4. Nf2 black should be confused by now.
5. Bg2

Then e4 can be played at leisure. This is the single huppopotamus. Grandmaster Suttles sometimes played the double hippo setting up the same formation on both sides of the board.
not wrong move order , but correct move order for the possum 1.e4 ... 2.f3.... this is THE POSSUM.......AND YES SUTTLES IS A FAN!

Rincewind
13-06-2006, 11:54 PM
I saw one on Sunday that had been run over on the road. :(

I saw an alarming number (around 5-6) of possum roadkills today (Hume Hwy). Also a few wallabies, kangaroos, a wombat and too many birds to count. Lamentably, I was responsible for adding 1 to the avian count. :(

Axiom
14-06-2006, 12:00 AM
I saw one on Sunday that had been run over on the road. :(
EE dont contaminate this thread , with rubbish like the above

Axiom
14-06-2006, 12:01 AM
I saw an alarming number (around 5-6) of possum roadkills today (Hume Hwy). Also a few wallabies, kangaroos, a wombat and too many birds to count. Lamentably, I was responsible for adding 1 to the avian count. :(
RW see my above post to EE

Rincewind
14-06-2006, 12:06 AM
RW see my above post to EE

Axiom, sorry to contaminate your thread. But I'm sure you understand such outburst happen from time to time. Perhaps too much beer and nuts consumed in my recent visit to Krasnoyarsk, I mean, St Kilda.

I blame the Sellers (of the beer and nuts).

Axiom
14-06-2006, 12:13 AM
Axiom, sorry to contaminate your thread. But I'm sure you understand such outburst happen from time to time. Perhaps too much beer and nuts consumed in my recent visit to Krasnoyarsk, I mean, St Kilda.

I blame the Sellers (of the beer and nuts).
look ! RW , YOURE JUST LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO CONSUME BEER AND NUTS!, ...our coach berislan gorkiananov, would not not allow us such,.., he was very regimented , right down to our strict diet.

ElevatorEscapee
14-06-2006, 09:29 AM
Original post regarding roadkill deleted by author.

Personally, I would feel uncomfortable with the pawn structure d3, e4, f3, g3 with the Bishop on g2, as I would feel my light squared bishop was buried for a long time to come.

The opening certainly sidesteps a lot of book theory, (2.f3 is not mentioned in ECO in response to 1.e4 e5, or 1.e4 e6) however White seems to cede the initiative immediately on move two.

Does White castle on the Kingside? Also what happens if Black doesn't castle Kingside (eg just leaves his King in the centre)?

Such a setup may suit a positional player who likes to build up their position slowly, rather than someone like myself who generally prefers more open positions.

However I will give it a whirl during the lunchtime lightnings over the next week or two and let you know if it was successful. :)

Davidflude
14-06-2006, 10:59 AM
Just hope you do not run over a wombat. They are so tough they can rip the sump off your car. nearly as bad as being hit by a Byron Pickett fair hip and shoulder.

MichaelBaron
14-06-2006, 02:24 PM
Sick of being out-memorised by those walking data bases?
Want to stun them in their tracks, with an early jolting psychological blow?
Want to see them unbalanced from the effects of either fear or mirth?

It is the dawn of a new age in chess openings, a time to upturn the books, a time to strike fear in the very hearts of convention. A time for rebellion!

REVOLT WITH THE POSSUM !!

After white plays 1.e4,
Black can throw any damn rubbish first move at you...e5,c5,e6,d6,g6 , it doesnt matter, you just wheel out 2.f3 , and you enter the whole new world of THE POSSUM!. A world where the resourceful possum skillfully manoevres around his domain, in the "early hours", in this new dawn ....OF THE POSSUM !

This thread, myself along with new devotees , vasia(!?), and k. bonham, will aim to establish this as a viable new opening,

An important test case will be played out on this thread...Axiom v K.Bonham,
starting in a few days. KB will play his indomitable french defence, a great early test for THE POSSUM !

The general POSSUM set up is: e4, d3, f3, g3, Bg2
(crouching at dawn,
creeping in the dark,
a blood curdling cry ,
the revolting claws,
...of the POSSUM.
on high!)

(SEE corr. game thread for possum win v vasia !)

Make sure, your correspondence game includes the mention of the takeback...

Axiom
14-06-2006, 09:21 PM
Make sure, your correspondence game includes the mention of the takeback...
michael, it was a simple typo, you know this, and accepted this at the time....you accepted your loss gracefully with dignity, dont spoil that now.

Arrogant-One
15-06-2006, 02:13 PM
AO stop playing possum, and start playing THE POSSUM !!

Good advice from the BB sage. I stand corrected!

Kevin Bonham
16-06-2006, 08:58 PM
An important test case will be played out on this thread...Axiom v K.Bonham, starting in a few days. KB will play his indomitable french defence, a great early test for THE POSSUM !

I have racked up the pieces for this epoch-making encounter over here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=4386), to avoid unnatural boosting of our postcounts.

Ready (as I can be) when you are!

*virtual handshake*

Kevin Bonham
07-07-2006, 03:50 PM
Different lines of the Possum should be named after various possum species. One could be the Brushtail, one could be the Ringtail. Some rare line thought to be extinct and only marginally playable could be Leadbeater's Possum, and 1.e3 followed by f3 could be the Pygmy Possum.

Various aggressive responses to the Possum could be named after ways in which possums meet their demise, eg Roadkill Attack, Shotgun Gambit, Black Snake System, and of course the plain and simple Possum Trap.

Kevin Bonham
27-08-2006, 05:57 PM
There is a possum infestation in chesschat tournament #3 (thanks to the DOP for advising me of this!) Axiom is playing it in most of his white games. The Axiom-Peter Knight game has a similar formation to Axiom-KB II (except this is about where I lashed out with ...Nh5 and ...f5 which I doubt we'll be seeing in this case somehow). In some of the others Axiom has planted a pawn (or since it's the possum, a paw?) on e5 and is getting into some serious kingside expansion. In Axiom-Boris his position looks more like some kind of giant tree wombat. Will be interesting to see how these pan out.

Axiom
28-08-2006, 12:48 AM
There is a possum infestation in chesschat tournament #3 (thanks to the DOP for advising me of this!) Axiom is playing it in most of his white games. The Axiom-Peter Knight game has a similar formation to Axiom-KB II (except this is about where I lashed out with ...Nh5 and ...f5 which I doubt we'll be seeing in this case somehow). In some of the others Axiom has planted a pawn (or since it's the possum, a paw?) on e5 and is getting into some serious kingside expansion. In Axiom-Boris his position looks more like some kind of giant tree wombat. Will be interesting to see how these pan out.
yes kb!..the axiom-boris game is "rampant possum", its good to see an example like this, ......showing that when we are ,asleep,the possum is awake!

road runner
28-08-2006, 10:56 AM
yes kb!..the axiom-boris game is "rampant possum", its good to see an example like this, ......showing that when we are ,asleep,the possum is awake!I was thinking of dubbing it the "King's Possum Attack"!

Bereaved
29-08-2006, 11:52 PM
Played at play chess.com


Axiom - Macavity
Friendly Game, 15m + 0s Beginners, 13.08.2006



Event: Friendly Game, 15m + 0s
Site: Beginners
Date: 2006.08.13
Round: ?
White: Axiom
Black: Macavity
Result: 0-1
ECO: C00
Annotator:
PlyCount: 98
EventDate: 2006.08.13

1. e4 {9} 1... e6 {7} 2. d3 {15} 2... c5 {10} 3. f3 {46} 3... Nc6 {15} 4. g3 {5
} 4... h5 {27} 5. h3 {49} 5... Qc7 {31} 6. f4 {15} 6... h4 {30} 7. g4 {5} 7...
g5 {2} 8. Qf3 {74} 8... gxf4 {15} 9. Bxf4 {20} 9... Qb6 {48} 10. b3 {46} 10...
Nge7 {9} 11. Ne2 {18} 11... Ng6 {3} 12. Be3 {8} 12... Qc7 {42} 13. Bg2 {50}
13... b6 {12} 14. Nd2 {36} 14... Bb7 {7} 15. c3 {15} 15... Nce5 {9} 16. Qf6 {60
} 16... Nxd3+ {6} 17. Kf1 {8} 17... Qe5 {39} 18. Qf3 {24} 18... Qg7 {12} 19.
Nf4 {52} 19... Ndxf4 {22} 20. Bxf4 {2} 20... Qf6 {10} 21. Be3 {25} 21... Qxc3 {
14} 22. Rd1 {21} 22... Bh6 {4} 23. Bxh6 {44} 23... Qxf3+ {2} 24. Bxf3 {7} 24...
Rxh6 {2} 25. Kg2 {8} 25... Ne5 {5} 26. Be2 {3} 26... Ke7 {14} 27. Rhe1 {20}
27... Rg8 {12} 28. Kh2 {11} 28... f6 {13} 29. Nc4 {5} 29... Nxc4 {2} 30. Bxc4 {
1} 30... Rg5 {6} 31. Re3 {32} 31... Rh8 {11} 32. Rde1 {3} 32... Rd8 {10} 33. e5
{15} 33... Rxe5 {13} 34. Rxe5 {0} 34... fxe5 {2} 35. Rxe5 {0} 35... d5 {1} 36.
Bd3 {12} 36... Rh8 {2} 37. g5 {33} 37... Kd6 {6} 38. Re2 {7} 38... e5 {2} 39.
Bf5 {5} 39... e4 {6} 40. g6 {4} 40... Ke5 {5} 41. Bg4 {8} 41... Rg8 {5} 42. Bh5
{5} 42... d4 {5} 43. Rg2 {6} 43... Bc8 {6} 44. Rg5+ {3} 44... Kf6 {6} 45. Rd5 {
4} 45... Bf5 {10} 46. Kg2 {8} 46... Bxg6 {14} 47. Rd6+ {2} 47... Kf5 {2} 48.
Rd5+ {21} 48... Ke6 {10} 49. Rg5 {1} 49... Kf6 {
Guest resigns (Lag: Av=3.95s, max=37.3s) 10} 0-1

my contribution to the possum debate,

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2006, 12:25 PM
4...h5. Oh dear.

It is sort-of asking for that, isn't it?

likesforests
13-09-2006, 07:31 AM
In the Scandinavian-Possum 1.e4 d5 2.f3 exd5 3.fxe4 e5 4.Nf3 Bc5, Black has a slight advantage in a sharp game.

If White wants to castle kingside, he'll have to spend a tempo chasing away the c5 bishop. After O-O his rook land on the open f-file, but his king will have to move to h1 to be safe from checks.

If White wants to castle queenside, his king will remain exposed in the center for many turns While Black's king is safely tucked away.

road runner
13-09-2006, 08:49 AM
In the Scandinavian-Possum 1.e4 d5 2.f3 exd5 3.fxe4 e5 4.Nf3 Bc5, Black has a slight advantage in a sharp game.

If White wants to castle kingside, he'll have to spend a tempo chasing away the c5 bishop. After O-O his rook land on the open f-file, but his king will have to move to h1 to be safe from checks.

If White wants to castle queenside, his king will remain exposed in the center for many turns While Black's king is safely tucked away.
2. ... exd5?!

Why solve white's problem of the obstructing f-pawn for him? Black's second also gives white the open f-file and a pawn majority in the centre.

likesforests
13-09-2006, 09:22 AM
2. ... exd5?!

Why solve white's problem of the obstructing f-pawn for him? Black's second also gives white the open f-file and a pawn majority in the centre.

You're right, and the h1-a7 and e1-h4 diagonals are weak even without the exchange.

How about, 1.e4 d5 2.f3 e6 3.exd5 Qxd5. This line could also be reached via 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.f3 e6. It's favorable for Black because (1) Black normally places a pawn on e6, (2) the light-squared bishop is usually held back after White plays f3 or h3, (3) White normally wants a knight on f3, so the pawn is not ideally placed there. A comfortable game where Black is more likely to be familiar with the resulting position than White.

road runner
13-09-2006, 09:28 AM
You're right, and the h1-a7 and e1-h4 diagonals are weak even without the exchange.

How about, 1.e4 d5 2.f3 e6 3.exd5I'd be surprised if a Possum practicioner played this. It would seem more consistent to continue with modest development and let Black resolve the centre if he chooses.

likesforests
13-09-2006, 09:58 AM
I'd be surprised if a Possum practicioner played this. It would seem more consistent to continue with modest development and let Black resolve the centre if he chooses.

Then 2...e6 gives White too many options on how to continue. 2.f3 is an uncommon move so I want a simple antidote. 1.e4 d5 2.f3 dxe4 3.fxe4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bc5?! igives Black a tiny edge, a chance for tactical shots, and puts his mark on the game. Now I'm really curious. I'll have to find someone to play this line against. Is there a "Possum channel" on FICS?

Axiom
13-09-2006, 03:28 PM
Then 2...e6 gives White too many options on how to continue. 2.f3 is an uncommon move so I want a simple antidote. 1.e4 d5 2.f3 dxe4 3.fxe4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bc5?! igives Black a tiny edge, a chance for tactical shots, and puts his mark on the game. Now I'm really curious. I'll have to find someone to play this line against. Is there a "Possum channel" on FICS?
yes,likesforests,this is a critical main line in the scandinavian-possum......in the spirit of furthering insight into this canny resourceful and brand new opening,i would be happy to play you.

..and for that matter, i would be happy to play the possum against anyone,who is interested in this opening(or busting it! :) )

likesforests
13-09-2006, 04:37 PM
Great, I accept your challenge! I've never played a correspondence game. Could you start one for us and let me know the ground rules?

From what I read in the "Correspondence Matches" forum, I assume computer analysis is out, but opening books and game databases are acceptable.

Axiom
13-09-2006, 04:46 PM
Great, I accept your challenge! I've never played a correspondence game. Could you start one for us and let me know the ground rules?

From what I read in the "Correspondence Matches" forum, I assume computer analysis is out, but opening books and game databases are acceptable. i will start game thread,......and yes no comp analysis,and you may consult books/dbases

likesforests
13-09-2006, 05:05 PM
i will start game thread,......and yes no comp analysis,and you may consult books/dbases

One clarification, the exact line is: 1.e4 d5 2.f3 exd5 3.fxe4 e5 4.Nf3 Bc5. I wrote it correctly the first time but typoed the second time. Of course, you're free to choose different third and fourth moves.

MichaelBaron
14-09-2006, 03:28 PM
I think everyone (including Axiom himself) is going to agree that 2.f3 is an interesting way to get your opponent away from the opening theory. Apart from its surprise value, it is certainly not a very strong move.:hmm:

Axiom
14-09-2006, 08:56 PM
I think everyone (including Axiom himself) is going to agree that 2.f3 is an interesting way to get your opponent away from the opening theory. Apart from its surprise value, it is certainly not a very strong move.:hmm:
yes it is an interesting way to get your opponent away from opening theory, and yes it has surprise value.......and dont underestimate this value when considering how "very strong" this move is!.......and to support my claim, i challenge you to a possum game(and this time ,i reccomend you do not consult your cat! :) )

MichaelBaron
14-09-2006, 11:54 PM
yes it is an interesting way to get your opponent away from opening theory, and yes it has surprise value.......and dont underestimate this value when considering how "very strong" this move is!.......and to support my claim, i challenge you to a possum game(and this time ,i reccomend you do not consult your cat! :) )

Axiom, i have neither time no desire to play correspondence seriously. but hey..come to MCC on saturday i will be playing allegro there..after allegro we can play 2.f3 match okie?

likesforests
15-09-2006, 06:22 AM
I think 2.f3 is a fascinating way to avoid theory. 1.e4 d5 2.e5 is a common attempt to avoid preparation. See the problem? It's a "common" attempt, so of course Black's prepared. :)

1.e4 d5 2.f3 is something I've never faced. I would already be out-of-book, and you only cede a tiny edge. Not bad! Of course, the folks who study how to meet the Scandinavian do best--all else being equal.

road runner
15-09-2006, 08:35 AM
There is a possum infestation in chesschat tournament #3 ...Not to mention the damn Benko infestation. Sheesh!

ElevatorEscapee
16-09-2006, 01:48 PM
If the Possum is so good, then why not try the "Accellerated Possum" 1.f3 ? ;) (Question mark meant as punctuation, not as evaluation of the move :lol: ).

likesforests
16-09-2006, 03:53 PM
If the Possum is so good, then why not try the "Accellerated Possum" 1.f3 ? ;) (Question mark meant as punctuation, not as evaluation of the move :lol: ).

Tibor Menyhart (elo:2169) and Simon Williams (elo:2427) used it as a surprise opening and racked up wins, so it has been played. Its overall record is 50/50, which probably means it's worth equality.

I faced it over-the-board once. I made it to a R+N vs R+B endgame then lost.

Axiom
16-09-2006, 05:04 PM
If the Possum is so good, then why not try the "Accellerated Possum" 1.f3 ? ;) (Question mark meant as punctuation, not as evaluation of the move :lol: ).
A fine question,......the answer i feels lies in psychology.To play e4 first,emphasises white's confidence in laying claim to the center as normal...and just as black relaxes and assumes normal upcoming patterns,and lines of his favourite defence.....WHAMMO!...F3!........suddenly black is plunged into a set up,he's never played before,..he says to himself-"this is gotta be weak,..but how do i punish it?"...before he realises it ,he is in some strange manoevring dog-fight,on unfamiliar territory.

1.f3 allows black a "fresh sheet" to construct response,rather than this "delayed strike" idea, which can be dissorientating .

2.f3 signifies "The Possum" due to its more covert subversive nature

Kevin Bonham
16-09-2006, 10:20 PM
Tibor Menyhart (elo:2169) and Simon Williams (elo:2427) used it as a surprise opening and racked up wins, so it has been played. Its overall record is 50/50, which probably means it's worth equality.

I faced it over-the-board once. I made it to a R+N vs R+B endgame then lost.

Menyhart has played it six times for six wins! However he outrated all but one opponent by at least 200 points.

The Williams game is quite legendary. As best I recall the story, out of contention in the tournament and with no prize or norm to play for, Williams was dared by his mates to play not just 1.f3 but also 2.Kf2 in his final round game vs a player rated in the 2200s. The stakes of the bet were that if Williams lost he would buy each of his mates a beer, while if he won each of them would buy him a beer.

Williams had nineteen mates. How quickly he consumed his prize is alas unknown to me.

Here's the game.

[Event "BCF-ch 86th"]
[Site "Scarborough"]
[Date "1999.08.05"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Williams,Simon Kim"]
[Black "Simons,Martin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "A00"]

1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.d4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd6 6.Ne2 0-0 7.Re1 e4 8.Ng3 h5 9.f4 Bg4 10.Be2 g6 11.Kg1 Qe7 12.a3 b5 13.b3 Qe6 14.Bd2 Ne7 15.Bb4 a5 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Bxg4 Nxg4 18.c4 bxc4 19.bxc4 c5 20.Nc3 h4 21.Qxg4 hxg3 22.cxd5 gxh2+ 23.Kxh2 f5 24.dxc5 Qxc5 25.Qg5 Kf7 26.Rac1 Rh8+ 27.Kg1 Rh5 28.Nxe4 Qb6 29.Rc6 Qxc6 30.dxc6 Rxg5 31.Nxg5+ Ke8 32.e4 Rc8 33.exf5 gxf5 34.Re5 Rxc6 35.Rxa5 Rc4 36.g3 Rc3 37.Kg2 Rc2+ 38.Kh3 Rc3 39.a4 Ra3 40.Ne6 1-0

[EDIT: copying game outside brackets as PGN not working for me - 1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.d4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd6 6.Ne2 0-0 7.Re1 e4 8.Ng3 h5 9.f4 Bg4 10.Be2 g6 11.Kg1 Qe7 12.a3 b5 13.b3 Qe6 14.Bd2 Ne7 15.Bb4 a5 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Bxg4 Nxg4 18.c4 bxc4 19.bxc4 c5 20.Nc3 h4 21.Qxg4 hxg3 22.cxd5 gxh2+ 23.Kxh2 f5 24.dxc5 Qxc5 25.Qg5 Kf7 26.Rac1 Rh8+ 27.Kg1 Rh5 28.Nxe4 Qb6 29.Rc6 Qxc6 30.dxc6 Rxg5 31.Nxg5+ Ke8 32.e4 Rc8 33.exf5 gxf5 34.Re5 Rxc6 35.Rxa5 Rc4 36.g3 Rc3 37.Kg2 Rc2+ 38.Kh3 Rc3 39.a4 Ra3 40.Ne6 1-0]


Chessbase has +6=4-5 for 1.f3 with White outrating Black by 25 points, for games with both players >2000.

ElevatorEscapee
17-09-2006, 05:15 PM
A fine question,......the answer i feels lies in psychology.To play e4 first,emphasises white's confidence in laying claim to the center as normal...and just as black relaxes and assumes normal upcoming patterns,and lines of his favourite defence.....WHAMMO!...F3!........suddenly black is plunged into a set up,he's never played before,..he says to himself-"this is gotta be weak,..but how do i punish it?"...before he realises it ,he is in some strange manoevring dog-fight,on unfamiliar territory.

1.f3 allows black a "fresh sheet" to construct response,rather than this "delayed strike" idea, which can be dissorientating .

2.f3 signifies "The Possum" due to its more covert subversive nature

Terrrific post Axiom! :D :D :D :D :D !