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Sun May 1 2005 8:07PM | MsgID: 1975248


Originally posted by: "Xargon, Steward of Zetland"
I'd rather play white in a simple opening like this because you have the initiative (but I suppose thats true to any opening). Is there any reason black wouldn't just turn it into a four knight opening next move by developing his knight to f6 next? I think thats what I would do if I was black.




Actually, it is Black's intention to avoid the symmetry of the Four Knights' Game by choosing NOT to play 3...Nf6 that gives this opening its name.

The main continuations are:

1) 3...g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 (or 5.Nxd4)
2) 3...Bb4 4.Nd5
3) 3...Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4

In MCO-13 most lines are evaluated "equal" or "slightly better" for White, but I guess that's common among the double e-pawn systems. Anyway, such evaluations are the opinions of specialists, typically master strength players or theoreticians. I'm not sure how much bearing that has on club level play, especially in over-the board activity. Personally, I believe the attempt to break the symmetry and play energetically (without violating basic principles) is a good practical choice of defensive opening system.



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Sun May 1 2005 6:18PM | MsgID: 1974780


I'd just turn it into the Four Knights Game with 3 ... Nf6, then if 4 Bb5 Nd4 (the Rubinstein Gambit).



Xargon, Laird of Whalsay

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Sun May 1 2005 4:06PM | MsgID: 1974252


I'd rather play white in a simple opening like this because you have the initiative (but I suppose thats true to any opening). Is there any reason black wouldn't just turn it into a four knight opening next move by developing his knight to f6 next? I think thats what I would do if I was black.



pubchesser

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Sun May 1 2005 7:31AM | MsgID: 1972850


Originally posted by: "pubchesser"
I wish to discuss and study the following opening: Three knights game which arises after the following moves:

Moves: 1.e2e4 e7e5 g1f3 b8c6 b1c3








Analyse position



Feedback welcome from all

Best wishes
pubchesser





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Sun May 1 2005 7:23AM | MsgID: 1972836


I wish to discuss and study the following opening: Three knights game which arises after the following moves:

Moves: 1.e2e4 e7e5 g1f3 b8c6 b1c3








Analyse position



Feedback welcome from all

Best wishes
pubchesser