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  Sharp openings.

Nebukadnezar

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Thu Mar 14 2013 7:30AM | edited: 7:34:35 | MsgID: 16309339


Stumbling upon this thread when surfing through the different forum posts. It's not quite clear what you all mean by "sharp" opening. I suppose you're talking of openings/lines/variations creating unbalanced positions from the very first moves on? or do you mean double-edged and therefore risky openings where you're burning all bridges behind you and where it is almost impossible to cool down the pace of the game and return to positional play? So we're talking about all kind of Gambits or even sacrifices of a piece. Concerning the last one there's only one line of the Petroff where it is impossible to calm the game. It's the Cochrane







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This pace is irreversible and White will have to prove if or not the sacrifice does pay.
The Blackmar-Diemer isn't. Because if Black answers after 1.d4 d5 2.e4 with 2...e6 you've got a French and this is rather disappointing for White's intentions. And even after 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Blacks' 4...e3 is disappointing for White too.
The Two Knights Defence can quickly turn into a a boring and unfruitful position if White plays 4.d3. Whites' attempt to reach for an unbalanced position after 1.e4 ed5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd 4.Bc4 may sometimes be successful if Black agrees to keep up the pace. The Kings Gambit of course is extremely double-edged because Black has many ways to even intensify (sharpen) the tension and very often White find themselves on the defending site of the board.




whitecat25

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Thu Dec 13 2012 8:12PM | MsgID: 16045036


regarding the latest post and the Evans Gambit, which was briefly popularised by Kasparov, the trouble is that Black can initiate the sharpness by playing 3 ..... Nf6, the Two knights defence, instead of 3 ..... Bc5 which allows all sort of unpleasantness including the Max Lange attack!

If you want a sharp opening as White in mutual King pawn games, the Scotch gambit with 4 Bc4 (instead of 4 Nxe4) is still relatively unexplored at club level.

(one obvious trap is 4 ..... Bc5 5 c3 dxe4 6 Qd5!, with fearsome complications)



keenangler

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Mon Dec 10 2012 4:43AM | MsgID: 16034258


Thanks again.



armstrong789

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Sun Dec 9 2012 12:14PM | MsgID: 16032002


The Blackmar-Deimer Gambit is very sharp.The opening moves are 1.d4 d5 2.e4 de4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 ef3 5.Nf3. White has sacrificed a pawn, but has excellent compensation in development and open lines.There is an excellent little book by Gary Lane that gives all the main lines,some original ideas of his own, and many illustrative games and diagrams.The Kings Gambit is also sharp, but it has been anylized to death and you may walk into some home prepared defence. The Evans Gambit used to be all the rage but it requires quite a bit of theoretical knowledge.



keenangler

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Sat Dec 8 2012 11:23PM | MsgID: 16031119


Thanks a lot - how about a sharp opening for white?



armstrong789

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Sat Dec 8 2012 7:04PM | MsgID: 16030447


Sharp openings are usually when both players are skating on thin ice with the slightest slip on either side often proving to be fatal.The Caro Kann Defence usually has a somewhat boring drawish reputatioin however the Advance variation with 4.Nc3 can produse he sharpest positions imaginable.Here is a main line from MCO 15 page 189 column 45: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.ef Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h6 8.Be3 Qb6! 9.f4! Nc6 10.f5 Bh7 11.Qd2 0-0-0 12.0-0-0 c4 13.Nf4 Qa6 14.fe6 Nb4! 15.ef7 Ne7 16.a3 Nc2 "with a wild and messy position"



keenangler

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Sat Dec 8 2012 5:20AM | MsgID: 16028993


Can anyone give me a few examples of sharp openings please?