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    Openings

    I've started looking at some openings on my blog.

    Any feedback and criticism would be appreciated
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    I covered a very similar subject in a blog post about a year ago (using the games Chadaev-Jumabayev, Chadaev-Karjakin and Nabaty-Kravtsiv), but the post is no longer online. I learned a few things from your post but then again it's been a year since I last studied this line.
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    I found it quite a useful article; I've been considering booking up on the S4N again for a while and didn't realise it had become that common.

    Editorial advice - remove the apostrophe from "Knight's". It's grammatically incorrect and there are some people who get quite annoyed about incorrectly added apostrophes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I found it quite a useful article; I've been considering booking up on the S4N again for a while and didn't realise it had become that common.

    Editorial advice - remove the apostrophe from "Knight's". It's grammatically incorrect and there are some people who get quite annoyed about incorrectly added apostrophes.
    Four knights' would be correct, the plural genitive of "knight" since there are four of them. However, there seems to be a trend away from possessive apostrophes in proper names, so removal is safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Four knights' would be correct, the plural genitive of "knight" since there are four of them. However, there seems to be a trend away from possessive apostrophes in proper names, so removal is safe.
    It's not clear that possession is implied in this case. In the case of openings named after players some take the possessive (like Bird's) and others don't (like Reti) usually the King and Queen take the possessive but not necessarily other pieces (Like the King's Knight Opening). Looking at usage (in book titles at any rate) Larry Evans' book included the possessive (after the s) but most I could find on quick search of amazon don't including the authors Nunn, Obodchuk, Pinski and Lakdawala.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Illingworth
    I covered a very similar subject in a blog post about a year ago (using the games Chadaev-Jumabayev, Chadaev-Karjakin and Nabaty-Kravtsiv), but the post is no longer online. I learned a few things from your post but then again it's been a year since I last studied this line.
    Thanks Max, I saw that you've used this opening line, as has David Smerdon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I found it quite a useful article; I've been considering booking up on the S4N again for a while and didn't realise it had become that common.

    Editorial advice - remove the apostrophe from "Knight's". It's grammatically incorrect and there are some people who get quite annoyed about incorrectly added apostrophes.
    Thanks for the feedback, and please keep it coming. I've corrected the grammar mistakes and am getting more inspired to write more opening articles.
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    So does anyone have a favourite opening?
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    Another pet line of mine is b4 in the Scandinavian, inspired by the imaginative Jacques Mieses. His line of the Scotch is currently the height of fashion
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    Re your comment "3.Nc3 [I think I read somewhere that 3.Nf3 is more accurate, but whatever!]" I'm a 3.Nf3 devotee and find that the move is quite underexplored and seems to offer white just as much scope for the +/= one hopes for as anything else. It can be quite sharp and if Black misapplies ideas from 3.Nc3 lines black can get in lots of juicy trouble. Reading Jovanka Houska's book on the Scandinavian I found she had a similar opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Re your comment "3.Nc3 [I think I read somewhere that 3.Nf3 is more accurate, but whatever!]" I'm a 3.Nf3 devotee and find that the move is quite underexplored and seems to offer white just as much scope for the +/= one hopes for as anything else. It can be quite sharp and if Black misapplies ideas from 3.Nc3 lines black can get in lots of juicy trouble. Reading Jovanka Houska's book on the Scandinavian I found she had a similar opinion.
    i also play 3.Nf3.

    it seems to get good results.

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    More on the Hennig Schara

    Thematic opening tactics are a good reason for studying some of these sharp lines. The tactics can sometimes be transferred to other openings, and even other positions completely.
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    [QUOTE=Carl Gorka]So does anyone have a favourite opening?[QUOTE]
    Definetely the scotch but i don't play it as much anymore.
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    Does anyone know: since when, and why, is 1.c4 g6 called the Great Snake Variation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Does anyone know: since when, and why, is 1.c4 g6 called the Great Snake Variation?
    I believe that there was a book called Unorthodox Chess Openings by Joel Benjamin and Eric Schiller ( Batsford), which used this name

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