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|Wed Feb 2 2005 10:41AM | MsgID: 1564645|
certainly my favorite defence on QG
so for what is worth you'll find probably dozens of games in my past games list
the surpise factor is a major point and i find that it 'discomforts' the white as they immediately have to change plan, asuming that they were expecting something more orthodox
success rate is reasonable, an i believe that i fairs best when white plays Nf3...in a very nice variation analysed in BCO some years ago white ends up with tripled e pawns
the most solid defence i find is Nc3 , while i have hardly encountered exd5.
certainly merit more attention than it currently receives!
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|Tue Feb 1 2005 8:36PM | edited: 8:54:41 | MsgID: 1562313|
Named after the Russian master of the 19th Century, Chigorin's Defence goes against traditional principals by not maintaining the central outpost at d5 and blocking the often useful c-pawn. Futhermore, Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight in order to maintain a central presence. This leaves most grandmasters with a distrust of the opening, yet its practical results are quite reasonable. Black gains quick develoment and piece pressure on the centre. The addition of surprise value makes the defence respectable, and it should probably get more employment than it does. ---
MCO 14th ed.
"On master level, the Chigorin Defence has been played relatively seldom, and probably that's one of the reasons why it has been analysed less intensively than other openings - good prerequisites for freethinkers and adventurers on the chess board!" (Breutigam) The Chigorin Defence resulting after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 has become popular again thanks to the young Russian Alexander Morozevich, who with this choice has been holding his own even against the players of the absolute world top.
1. d4 d5. 2. c4 Nc6
White has 3 options here. a) Nf3 , b) Nc3, c) cxd5.
e3 is considered too weak, though played a few times, Black has a better game.
3. Nf3 Bg4 Black usually captures on f3, ceding the two bishops, but develops and usually doubles Whites pawns.
3. Nc3 White attempts to gain a big centre by eliminating Black's d5 outpost so that e4 can be played
3. cxd5 leaves White with the bishop pair and Black with a developed centralized position.
Any thoughts or ideas out there, please add.