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Axiom
13-01-2007, 05:43 PM
It may very well be convenient and comforting to ignore or dismiss 'The Possum Opening'.........however you do so at your peril.......for,by pretending to believe that there are no possums out there in the dark still night air,makes no less traumatic their hideous cry nor indeed no less destructive ,their razor sharp claws!
.......as a certain slovakian fide master discovered last night.

Axiom - Drahacik(FM)
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.f3 c5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.Ne2 Bg7 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Nd2 b6 9.f4 Bb7 10.Qe1 Qc7 11.a3 0-0 12.g4 f5 13.gxf5 exf5 14.e5 Rad8 15.c3 d4 16.c4 a5 17.Nf3 Rde8 18.Qh4 Nd8 19.Ng3 Ne6 20.Ne2 Qb8 21.Qg3 Qa8 22.h4 Kf7 23.Rf2 Rh8 24.Bd2 Reg8 25.Ng5+ Nxg5 26.fxg5 h6 27.e6+! Kxe6 28.Nf4+ Kf7 29.Re1 hxg5 30.Rxe7+! Kxe7 31.Nd5+ Bxd5 32.Bxg5+ Kf8 33.Qd6+ Ke8 34.Qe7++ 1-0

Basil
13-01-2007, 06:08 PM
Nice. His two canons snug as bugs in their beds.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2007, 06:36 PM
He should have played 32...Kd7 but was still probably worse. And in any case he was lucky to get that opportunity because 32.Bxg5+ is a move-order error; 32.Qc7+ instead gives black no chance. Up to that point a fine game by white and black really didn't know what hit him.

The possum has triumphed! Again!

Axiom
13-01-2007, 07:18 PM
He should have played 32...Kd7 but was still probably worse. And in any case he was lucky to get that opportunity because 32.Bxg5+ is a move-order error; 32.Qc7+ instead gives black no chance. Up to that point a fine game by white and black really didn't know what hit him.

The possum has triumphed! Again!
You're right KB, 32.Qc7+ was the correct move,and that the opponent was clearly struggling for his regular plans as he blocked up certain files and diagonals, and opened up the wrong ones!

I hope to present more evidence of The Possum's power.

Axiom
13-01-2007, 07:29 PM
Nice. His two canons snug as bugs in their beds.
and whats more, one of the canon's was snug as a bug in another's bed!,..such was the confusion amongst the (back) ranks!

Axiom
14-01-2007, 04:34 AM
Played against a 2176 rated icc player(est. and high of 2398 dec06,so no beginner!),...this is brutal and sure to gladden the heart of any possum lover!

Axiom - Carsim 2176
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.f3 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Ne2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nd2 b6 9.f4 Ba6 10.e5 Nd7 11.Nf3 Qc7 oh dear,and now the possum's claw appears 12.g4 f6 13.exf6 Nxf6 the claw extends 14.g5 Nd7 15.Ng3 Rae8 encircling the prey now with 16. Nh4 Bd6 17.Qh5 Bxf4 18.Bxf4 e5 19.Bd2 g6? sheer panic in the face of the possum 20.Nxg6 hxg6 21.Qxg6+ Kh8 22.Nf5 Rxf5 23.Qxe8+ Resigns 1-0

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2007, 02:25 PM
What time limit are you carving these poor chimps up at?

Axiom
14-01-2007, 02:30 PM
What time limit are you carving these poor chimps up at?
5min. :(

Axiom
15-01-2007, 10:28 PM
The first game in the latest and currently running series - "Possum Parade" (please see this thread,and perhaps try your wits against the wiley possum!)was Axiom v Duggan , a possum-scandinavian

1.e4 d5 2.f3 dxe4 a non Purdey type move! 3. fxe4 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 e6 6.0-0 a6 7.a4 Nf6 8.d3 Bd6 9.Bg5 Qc7 10.Nbd2 b6 11.h3 Bb7 12. c3 h6 13.Be3 Rd8 14.d4 Na5 ?! this moved shocked me,allowing the e5 fork.....but it sends the game into sharp and interesting territory 15.e5 cxd4 16.exd6 Qc6 17.Bxe6 dxe3 18.Bxf7+ Kf8 it looks as though the possum is hanging all over the tree here with 2 bits enprise,but both verboten19.Qe2 Qxd6 i didnt see my next move when i played 15.e5,a fortunate resource ,and a won game for white now 20.Nc4 Nxc4 21.Bxc4 b5 22.axb5 axb5 23.Bxb5 Qc5 24.Nd4 Bc8 25.Rad1 Kg8 26.Ne6 Bxe6 27.Rxd8+ Kh7 28.Bd3+ g6 29.Rxh8+ Resigns 1-0

Anyone would have to have some sympathy for Howard here, he had repeatedly whupped me with his tromp,and no doubt having never played against the possum before,would have thought like many-"how the hell can this be any bloody good ?" and then walked head first straight into the proverbial freight train.................he is currently plotting revenge in Game 1b

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2007, 12:51 AM
2...dxe4 really is the asking-for-it variation in the Possum. Does it come with one question mark or two? :eek:

Axiom
16-01-2007, 01:03 AM
2...dxe4 really is the asking-for-it variation in the Possum. Does it come with one question mark or two? :eek:
it has certainly surprised me,the number of opponents that play that move........purdy would have a fit.

Basil
16-01-2007, 01:07 AM
The analysis (20 secs a move; HIARCS 10, black only) has black ahead until move 16 ta very much. 16...Rxd6 is approaching +1.00 for black. Poor play from black around move 20 and the thing falls away. The point? Discussion against ...dxe4 is twaddle!

Carry on everybody!

1. e4 d5 2. f3 dxe4 3. fxe4 c5 { +0.01 3... e5 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Bc4 }
4. Nf3 Nc6 { -0.08 4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. d3 } 5. Bc4 e6 { -0.13
5... Nf6 6. Nc3 Nd4 7. d3 Be6 8. Bf4 Bxc4 9. dxc4 } 6. O-O a6 { +0.42 6... Nf6
7. d3 Bd6 8. Bg5 O-O 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nc3 } 7. a4 Nf6 { +0.18 7... Ne5 8. Nxe5
Qd4 9. Kh1 Qxe5 10. Qf3 Nf6 11. Nc3 Bd6 } 8. d3 Bd6 9. Bg5 Qc7 { +0.24 9... O-O
10. Nc3 h6 11. Bh4 Bd7 12. Qd2 b6 } 10. Nbd2 b6 { +0.55 10... Ng4 11. h3 h6 12.
hxg4 hxg5 13. Nxg5 Bf4 14. Nh3 Be3 15. Kh1 Qg3 } 11. h3 Bb7 12. c3 h6 { +0.45
12... Be7 13. d4 cxd4 14. cxd4 O-O 15. Qe1 e5 } 13. Be3 Rd8 { +0.51 13... O-O
14. d4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Bf4 16. Qe2 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Qg3 } 14. d4 Na5 { +0.45 14...
cxd4 15. cxd4 Bb4 16. Bd3 O-O 17. Nc4 a5 } 15. e5 cxd4 16. exd6 Qc6 { -0.30
16... Rxd6 17. Nxd4 Nxc4 18. Bf4 Rxd4 19. cxd4 Qc6 20. Qf3 Nxb2 21. Qxc6 Bxc6 }
17. Bxe6 dxe3 { -0.70 17... fxe6 18. Bxd4 Rxd6 19. b4 Nc4 20. Nxc4 Qxc4 21. Ne5
Qd5 22. Qe2 } 18. Bxf7+ Kf8 19. Qe2 Qxd6 20. Nc4 Nxc4 { -1.22 20... Qc7 21.
Nxa5 Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Kxf7 23. Nc4 Rhe8 24. Rxe3 } 21. Bxc4 b5 { -1.51 21... Re8
22. Bxa6 Bxa6 23. Qxa6 Kg8 24. Qc4 Nd5 25. Qb5 } 22. axb5 axb5 23. Bxb5 Qc5 24.
Nd4 Bc8 25. Rad1 Kg8 26. Ne6 Bxe6 27. Rxd8+ Kh7 28. Bd3+ g6 29. Rxh8+ *

Basil
16-01-2007, 01:13 AM
whoops! hang on a tick :uhoh: it appears i have overstated the case (problem with interruptingg analysis to change mode while possum mark #2. all stations stand by!

edit: in fact can't do it while playing possum - will come back to it. Kevin you made me jump the gun with your snide question mark comment;)

Axiom
16-01-2007, 01:13 AM
The analysis (20 secs a move; HIARCS 10, black only) has black ahead until move 16 ta very much. 16...Rxd6 is approaching +1.00 for black. Poor play from black around move 20 and the thing falls away. The point? Discussion against ...dxe4 is twaddle!

Carry on everybody!

1. e4 d5 2. f3 dxe4 3. fxe4 c5 { +0.01 3... e5 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Bc4 }
4. Nf3 Nc6 { -0.08 4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. d3 } 5. Bc4 e6 { -0.13
5... Nf6 6. Nc3 Nd4 7. d3 Be6 8. Bf4 Bxc4 9. dxc4 } 6. O-O a6 { +0.42 6... Nf6
7. d3 Bd6 8. Bg5 O-O 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nc3 } 7. a4 Nf6 { +0.18 7... Ne5 8. Nxe5
Qd4 9. Kh1 Qxe5 10. Qf3 Nf6 11. Nc3 Bd6 } 8. d3 Bd6 9. Bg5 Qc7 { +0.24 9... O-O
10. Nc3 h6 11. Bh4 Bd7 12. Qd2 b6 } 10. Nbd2 b6 { +0.55 10... Ng4 11. h3 h6 12.
hxg4 hxg5 13. Nxg5 Bf4 14. Nh3 Be3 15. Kh1 Qg3 } 11. h3 Bb7 12. c3 h6 { +0.45
12... Be7 13. d4 cxd4 14. cxd4 O-O 15. Qe1 e5 } 13. Be3 Rd8 { +0.51 13... O-O
14. d4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Bf4 16. Qe2 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Qg3 } 14. d4 Na5 { +0.45 14...
cxd4 15. cxd4 Bb4 16. Bd3 O-O 17. Nc4 a5 } 15. e5 cxd4 16. exd6 Qc6 { -0.30
16... Rxd6 17. Nxd4 Nxc4 18. Bf4 Rxd4 19. cxd4 Qc6 20. Qf3 Nxb2 21. Qxc6 Bxc6 }
17. Bxe6 dxe3 { -0.70 17... fxe6 18. Bxd4 Rxd6 19. b4 Nc4 20. Nxc4 Qxc4 21. Ne5
Qd5 22. Qe2 } 18. Bxf7+ Kf8 19. Qe2 Qxd6 20. Nc4 Nxc4 { -1.22 20... Qc7 21.
Nxa5 Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Kxf7 23. Nc4 Rhe8 24. Rxe3 } 21. Bxc4 b5 { -1.51 21... Re8
22. Bxa6 Bxa6 23. Qxa6 Kg8 24. Qc4 Nd5 25. Qb5 } 22. axb5 axb5 23. Bxb5 Qc5 24.
Nd4 Bc8 25. Rad1 Kg8 26. Ne6 Bxe6 27. Rxd8+ Kh7 28. Bd3+ g6 29. Rxh8+ *
if 16.Rxd6 i was going to play Bf4 which looks ok to me,but like to play that line...

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2007, 01:18 AM
I take its point about 10...Ng4. (Indeed in the line given, isn't 13...Bh2+ 14.Kh1 Be5+ 15.Kg1 Bxb2 even stronger for black?)

Aside from that, whether allowing the half-open f-file is objectively sound or not, it is certainly an occupational hazard!

Axiom
16-01-2007, 01:35 AM
I take its point about 10...Ng4. (Indeed in the line given, isn't 13...Bh2+ 14.Kh1 Be5+ 15.Kg1 Bxb2 even stronger for black?)

Aside from that, whether allowing the half-open f-file is objectively sound or not, it is certainly an occupational hazard!
just looking at that line,.but not sure id allow exchange on g5,probably retreat the bishop on g5...but interesting try by black

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2007, 09:00 PM
Have there yet been any sightings of the dreaded Double Possum, ie 1.e4 e5 2.d3 d6 3.f3 f6 etc?

Axiom
24-06-2007, 09:15 PM
Have there yet been any sightings of the dreaded Double Possum, ie 1.e4 e5 2.d3 d6 3.f3 f6 etc? KB, you may well not be aware, but you have stumbled upon an area of highly sensitive classified opening theory........i would suggest ,that a most prudent form of action now, would be to entirely forget that this conversation ever took place.
Thankyou,
Axiom

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2007, 09:18 PM
*laughs*

Don't worry, I have something else entirely in store for your little furry friend when the time arrives.

At least, I think I do.

Axiom
24-06-2007, 09:21 PM
actually KB youre referring to the symetrical possum, which is so rare, that if anyone can find a tourney sample, i would be willing to pay money..............i managed to lose my only example copy.:doh:

(the double possum, is in fact the white set up f3,g3,Bg2 and b3,c3,Bb2)(and no, im not at liberty to discuss this line)

Axiom
24-06-2007, 09:41 PM
if anyone were to now broach the subject of the double symetrical possum, i would be left drawing only one conclusion, and that is that you would be pulling my mickey.(if i have my english correct there?)

Capablanca-Fan
24-06-2007, 11:36 PM
5min. :(
In both games, White played f4 to attack. So why waste a move with f3?

Capablanca-Fan
24-06-2007, 11:38 PM
2...dxe4 really is the asking-for-it variation in the Possum. Does it come with one question mark or two? :eek:
I can't understand why Black would want to help White get rid of that ridiculous possum pawn.

Axiom
25-06-2007, 12:26 AM
In both games, White played f4 to attack. So why waste a move with f3?
because many variations do not require it, at least so early.

Axiom
25-06-2007, 12:30 AM
I can't understand why Black would want to help White get rid of that ridiculous possum pawn.
again you taunt my possum pawn, again i throw down the possum gauntlet.

Capablanca-Fan
25-06-2007, 02:13 AM
again you taunt my possum pawn, again i throw down the possum gauntlet.
I play in tournaments occasionally, and you're welcome to play it against me if we meet.:evil:

Axiom
25-06-2007, 02:16 AM
I play in tournaments occasionally, and you're welcome to play it against me if we meet.:evil:
ok,the next chesschat tournament :)

Axiom
02-06-2008, 11:51 PM
Axiom - DeanHogg May 2008 correspondance

1.e4 c5 2.d3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.f3 g6 6.Ne2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nd2 Rb8 9.h3 b5 10.f4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.dxe4 Qb6 13.c3 c4+ 14.Kh2 Rd8 15.Qe1 a5 16.Ng1 b4 17.Be3 Qb5 18.f5 Ne5 19.g4 Nd3 20.Qh4 Nxb2 21.fxg6 hxg6 22.Qf2 bxc3 23.Qxf7+ Kh8 24.Qxg6 Rd6 25.Qf7 Rd3 26.Rae1 Bb7 ?? 27.Rf5 Resigns 1-0


Here we have a Delayed Possum , with the (in)famous f3 move played on move 5.!

Black tries to smash white on the q-side, but that dreaded open f file again proves decisive.

perhaps 26...Rxe3 allows black to relieve some pressure, but whites threats of Nf3-g5 with mate threats , and e5 allowing Be4 to help Q threaten mate on h7 square, i'm not sure whether black can hold out ?

Kevin Bonham
03-06-2008, 12:32 AM
perhaps 26...Rxe3 allows black to relieve some pressure, but whites threats of Nf3-g5 with mate threats , and e5 allowing Be4 to help Q threaten mate on h7 square, i'm not sure whether black can hold out ?

Black can try 26...Rxe3 27.Rxe7 c2 28.e5 Nd1 threatening to queen and the question is whether white has better than taking the perpetual.

I fed this to the box and it came up with an incredible continuation leading to a slight advantage for white!

I thought you were losing that game but looks like ...bxc3 gave white too much attack

Aaron Guthrie
21-07-2008, 09:37 PM
Has anyone ever tried a reverse possum against the reverse reverse possum?

Axiom
21-07-2008, 09:47 PM
Has anyone ever tried a reverse possum against the reverse reverse possum?
oh , look, now you're just being silly !

Ivanchuk_Fan
12-10-2008, 06:35 PM
Statistics for the Possum (1.e4 e5 2.f3) according to Big Database 2008:

In 59 games, White scores a resounding 25%, with a stupendous performance rating of...1370.

And 1.e4 e5 2.d3 followed by 3.f3 is even worse, as the following game shows:

[Event "GER-ch U09"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[White "Salchert, H."]
[Black "Stahr, T."]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "8"]
[EventDate "1998.05.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. d3 Bc5 3. f3 Qh4+ 4. Ke2 Qf2# 0-1

Kevin Bonham
20-10-2008, 04:04 PM
Statistics for the Possum (1.e4 e5 2.f3) according to Big Database 2008:

In 59 games, White scores a resounding 25%, with a stupendous performance rating of...1370.

Are the Whites who play 2.f3 performing well below their ratings in the process or do these just happen to be mostly cases where Black outrates White heavily?

Miranda
20-10-2008, 04:19 PM
Nothing's wrong with a peformance rating of 1370 :P

Basil
20-10-2008, 06:33 PM
Nothing's wrong with a peformance rating of 1370 :P
Absolutely not! - in itself.

However as a basis for asessing an opening, it is the opening itself that is under scrutiny, not the PR.