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  • 1.b3

    Tried playing 1.b3 with blitz this morning and I had so much fun. The fianchettoed bishop on the Queenside plus the rook on f1 are very strong. It has a lot of King side attack potentials for white. Though I lost due to time and sucky internet connection, I had a better position (and material).

    1.b3 e5 2.e3 Nc6 3.Bc5 is a sample line. I learned this opening via GM Smirov's video on youtube.

    I am not sure though how this opening would stand up on longer time controls where Black could play accurately.

    This is a very good surprise opening for black.

    PS
    I had so much fun playing it in blitz that I forgot I have to go to work this morning. I was late at work :/
    Last edited by Anon; 05-25-2013, 03:47 AM. Reason: ps

  • #2
    I’ve have seen a ton of titled players open with 1. b3--it’s valid!
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

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    • #3
      I am a fan of 1. b3 and played it enough to understand it. I am also a decent 1. .. b6 player which has similar ideas. Both openings according to theory is that black with "best play" "CAN" obtain equality. However.. How many people do you know in this world plays at "best" play?

      To give an example: I have a friend who is a life NM and he has taken two well known GM's into better endgame positions in 1. b3 positions. Most of his problems is of course endgame conversion against a GM, and hence by proxy he gets into time trouble a lot and basically time blunders at the end.

      I do believe that this will attest to the validity of 1. b3.

      "A LNM ~2200-2300 playing a well known GM ~2500-2600 and obtaining winnable endgames."

      That is what you want..
      I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

      If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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      • #4
        1. b3 can transpose to other openings like the english opening.
        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

        -- Garry Kasparov--

        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

        --- Garry Kasparov--

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        • #5
          With b3 if you are going to play, you need to look at Nimzovitch's games.

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          • #6
            Well since the post has been made, I was thinking of making it as a studyof mine too as an alternative to the cz. Do we want to turn this post into that?
            I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

            If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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            • #7
              It's early, here; what is the cz?
              Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

              An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

              My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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              • #8
                Colle-Zukertort.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                  It's early, here; what is the cz?
                  *Gasp* You did not just ask that!
                  Have you read the Forum rules?

                  Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                  Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                  Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                  Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                  Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                  Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                  Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                  --Red Dwarf

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                  • #10
                    Woops. My mind went directly to the CZ firearm manufacturer LOL!
                    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                    • #11
                      I have seen this played. Pavel Blatny used this line a lot.

                      There is a lot of uncharted territory out there with this line. The typical plan for black is to create center play against the 1.b6 set up.

                      It might be the case that queen side might be better. It is possible that the center can wait.

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                      • #12
                        Nakamura also played 1.b3 on blitz at ICC. Saw it on youtube.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Anon View Post
                          Nakamura also played 1.b3 on blitz at ICC. Saw it on youtube.
                          Hmm, someday, Naka will start playing 1.f4 ... 2.g4, I only hope it will be against me in a rated game!

                          1.b3 is a nice enough way to start, though it's quiet. If there were somehow a way to prevent 1... e5 at the same time, I might play it. A reversed dutch with QID bishops would be nice, but is more easily achieved through the Bird move order.
                          Have you read the Forum rules?

                          Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                          Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                          Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                          Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                          Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                          Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                          Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                          --Red Dwarf

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                          • #14
                            Would you believe 1. .. e5 is one of the favorite lines for a Larsen player?
                            I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

                            If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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                            • #15
                              I am not sure why someone who plays 1.b3 should be troubled by 1...e5. A classical center should be expected by anyone who plays a hypermodern line.

                              What makes a hypermodern line compelling is to exploit the somewhat rigid nature of a classical center. One of the main ideas in all hypermodern openings are to make the centers more rigid and start counter play accordingly.

                              My earlier post on trying to start something on a flank against the Larsen was that based on one of my study partner's observation. A slow start for the center by white allowed a slow start by black.

                              Queen side play makes some sense given that 1.b3 is pretty committal as well.

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