Friday, 27 April 2007

Chess Tales biased?

I've received some correspondence recently suggesting that Chess Tales is biased, that we lean to the left, or as they put it: we are all about 'b****y' d4 openings.

So, embracing the 21st paradigms of Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, it would be great to hear from the Chess Tales readers:

Which chess openings would you like to see reviewed (strategic ideas, interesting lines, and famous games)?


rd said...

Truthfully, I didn't notice. Great blog - keep up the great work...Rich

Ryan Emmett said...

It would be nice to see some Scotch opening theory reviewed. I have played the Scotch for a long time, but I'm starting to lose faith in it.

In the Mieses variation, I can never seem to hold the space advantage long enough to catch up in development.

yemon said...

Personally I'm more than happy to see all the d4 stuff, but since you ask: how about the gambit Scandinavian lines? Despite almost religiously meeting 2 ed with ...Nf6 I never got much practical experience of lines where White decides to hang onto the extra pawn (apart from an interesting game against Geoff Loxham a year or two back).

For those of us who tend to make things up as we go along (ahem) it would be nice to have some general strategic pointers (rather than intricate move-order-dependent variations).

The non-gambit lines seem to turn into Caro-Kann-like positions, is this more than a superficial resemblance?

Roger Coathup said...

Hi Yemon,

yes the focus will definitely be on strategic principles and illustrated with some key games.

It's amazing how many openings can transpose: the Caro Kan seems to feature in a lot of them (even from Queen's pawn openings). It's particularly interesting when the same position arises, but with the other player to move.

Roger Coathup said...

Ok, Scotch and Scandanavian so far; Keep your suggestions coming.

The Scotch had something of a resurgence in the 90's, so sourcing a good high level game to present should be easy. The Scandanavian may prove trickier.


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