View Poll Results: What is your favourite opening?

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  • Sicilian

    25 27.78%
  • Italian

    3 3.33%
  • Spanish

    16 17.78%
  • Ponziani

    1 1.11%
  • Queens Gambit

    9 10.00%
  • Scandinavian

    6 6.67%
  • Austrian

    2 2.22%
  • French

    12 13.33%
  • Kings Indian

    9 10.00%
  • Caro-Kann

    7 7.78%
  • Kings Gambit

    12 13.33%
  • English

    7 7.78%
  • Queens Fiancetto

    3 3.33%
  • Kings Fiancetto

    1 1.11%
  • Birds

    2 2.22%
  • Elephant

    0 0%
  • Latvian

    0 0%
  • Russian Defence

    0 0%
  • Colle System

    3 3.33%
  • Other

    28 31.11%
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    I hate em all
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    two negatives make one positive???
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    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    two negatives make one positive???
    When they multiply they do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    two negatives make one positive???
    In English the double negative implies a positive and therefore grammar teachers strongly discourage their use. e.g.

    "I didn't read nothing", means I read something. Although this is usually not the meaning intended by the author.

    However in Italian (for example) double negatives are normal and the correct way to affirm the negative. For example <<Non ho mai letto niente>> transliterates to "I didn't read nothing" but translates to "I didn't read anything".

    So one should be careful when saying that "two negatives make a positive". It depends on your linguistic orientation. (Also transliterations should be treated cautiously as the meaning can be the opposite of the corresponding translation).
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    lol Michael deleted the extra one! [no, I did - mod]

    then you stuffed up responses to the original that means mine and yours to mine. Nonetheless mine was a joke and yours was boring!
    Last edited by ER; 31-01-2009 at 02:27 AM.
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    Yeah I'm all in for catalan altough the open lines give me a bit of trouble. The queen on c4 seems oddly placed or (I just don't know how to use it properly).
    And the Petrosian system in the QID is another favourite.

    Used to like the ponziani until a piece sac was found that seemed to work (I think Rogers played it against Halpin but lost and another case in modern chess won with it on the black side) so now I'm still deciding how to take the 1e4 e5 opening on.
    And still, no one has satisfactorily proven, that it isn't opposite day.

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    I say other.

    Exchange slav - short draw variation

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    ..the sound of a packet of chips... not just any chips .. thins
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Has anybody here found a novelty? but not a half baked one like a genuine one that you think could be used at higher levels?
    And still, no one has satisfactorily proven, that it isn't opposite day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saragossa
    Has anybody here found a novelty? but not a half baked one like a genuine one that you think could be used at higher levels?
    There have been a few TNs by a few of us in some of the better freestyle games that would probably be viable OTB at GM level. I don't think I've ever played a suitable novelty OTB but some of the titled players here would have.

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    Question

    What is the Elephant

    ..if someone shows me the elephant .. I will use it for my next 100 games I promise
    Last edited by Kaitlin; 18-04-2009 at 09:38 PM.
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    What is the Elephant

    ..if someone shows me the elephant .. I will use it for my next 100 games I promise
    It might be difficult unless you plan to play your next 100 games as black.

    It is a not quite correct gambit which goes...

    1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5!?

    Hilarity generally ensues.

    Well perhaps it is not quit that bad. According to Tim Harding it is just about playable below Master strength. You can read more here...

    http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz15.txt

    Edit: The Oxford Companion to Chess has this to say about it (under the entry Queen's Pawn Counter-gambit)

    a line of doubtful merit, first mentioned by ASPERLING*, and sometimes called the Englund Counterattack.

    *Asperling wrote the only significant chess work of the latter half of the 17th century.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    novelties

    Quote Originally Posted by Saragossa
    Has anybody here found a novelty? but not a half baked one like a genuine one that you think could be used at higher levels?
    I found one for white on move two and played it in the Champions League which is a high standard of correspondence.

    1.f4 Nh6 given in Secret Opening Surprises. I looked at all the games played with this move and did not like any of the moves played.

    I played 2.d4 which Brian Jones told me was a theoretical innovation.

    Correspondence players of all levels especially the really strong ones keep producing new moves which overturn over the board theory.

    I found one in the King's Gambit but never had the chance to play it. stefan Bucker found a new idea which improved on my analysis. You will find it in the Chess cafe archives. Sufficient to say the the Gm's on Chesspublishing.com think that it has changed the evaluation of the line from better for black to better for white.

    Hint for over the board players. Check out correspondence games from IECG and ICCF in your favorite lines.

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    Elephant

    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    It might be difficult unless you plan to play your next 100 games as black.

    It is a not quite correct gambit which goes...

    1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5!?

    Hilarity generally ensues.

    Well perhaps it is not quit that bad. According to Tim Harding it is just about playable below Master strength. You can read more here...

    http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz15.txt

    Edit: The Oxford Companion to Chess has this to say about it (under the entry Queen's Pawn Counter-gambit)

    a line of doubtful merit, first mentioned by ASPERLING*, and sometimes called the Englund Counterattack.

    *Asperling wrote the only significant chess work of the latter half of the 17th century.
    I have played it in correspondence in a fixed openings tournament. Black did much better than white in he tournament.

    I have several books on this opening. Use if for blitz or allegro.

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    I'm a fan of flexible openings, I'll quite often play e6 against d4 to keep my options more open, and my particular pet line is the Black Knight's Tango (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6), which just about has to be the best name for an opening ever! I also like playing Nf3 as another means to keep my options open (though it usually burns my chances at playing my favourite e4 openings. I like some variations of the Ruy Lopez where one can play c3 before the Ba4 is obliged to retreat to b3, giving it a cute hole at c2 to stay in, and I like the berlin defence to the ruy lopez.
    Avatar is a game I played at a party and finished by castling queenside for checkmate, and has a pleasing degree of symmetry.

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