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  • The Borg Defense

    Greetings,

    I posted a thread a while back concerning my building an unorthodox repertoire. In that thread I stated that I was utilizing The Grob for white, a novelty line in The Scandinavian for black (1.e4) and The Englund Gambit against (1.d4). Well, I've since switched gears with my repertoire for black against 1.e4 and started experimenting with The Borg Defense i.e. mainline 1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bxg5 c5...much to my surprise "The Borg" which is a reverse "Grob" (thus the reversal of the name; no, it has nothing to do with Star Trek!), turns out to be quite viable, although once considered dubious. It doesn't hold quite the same surprise sting value as The Grob, but it rather proves to be an aggressive nuisanse, and much like The Grob, often eating up alot of time on the opponents clock. I've been winning a fair share of games with it. Here is an example of one such game: 1. e4 g5 2. d4 Bg7 3. Bxg5 c5 4. c3 cxd4 5. cxd4 Qb6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nf3 Qxb2 8. Nbd2 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Bxd4 10. Rb1 Qc3 11. Rc1 Qb2 12. Rc2 Qb6 13. Nc4 Qb4+ 14. Bd2 Qc5 15. Ne3 Qe5 16. Bd3 Nf6 17. O-O b5 18. Nf5 Bb7 19. Nxd4 Qxd4 20. Bc3 Qb6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Bxb5 Bxe4 23. Qxd7+ Kf8 24. Re2 Bxg2 25. Rc1 Rg8 26. Rc8+ Rxc8 27. Qxc8+ Kg7 28. Qc5 Bh3 29. Qe5 Kh6+ 30. Kh1 Qf3# I consider this to be one of the more critical tests of the soundness of The Borg. If you discover something better, by all means post it.

  • #2
    I'm not sure I'd try the Grob against a stronger player (something like 2,000 and up will hurt that opening pretty badly) but it sure can be fun!
    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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    • #3
      One of my losses in the NAO was to a 2010ish player who played a delayed grob. I won the opening but ended up losing because I blundered a stupid piece. Like out of no where. It was like Caissa her self decided I was just going to do terrible in my games and curse me.:-( Anyway, the opening was unsound and I got the advantage but the point is, the game is not won till it's won. And almost any opening is viable in play where the competition is below 2300.

      Cheers,

      Jesse
      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
        I totally agree with that, cmonster! In fact, at the sub-2200 level, it might actually be a good thing to get the stronger player out of book fast -- AS long as you know what you are doing. Getting out of book and 'blundering' are two wholly different things.
        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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        • #5
          Henri Grob the creator of the Grob would beg to differ, as he became a grand master playing it. Alot of masters considered it dubious and still do, but it turns out that in the right hands it has proven to be quite tricky and dangerous.

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          • #6
            While that is definitely true, Grob also was a GM from way back. Alekhine played a mean 1. d4 but still, he'd have to brush up for today's theory, which probably discounts many of his pet lines.

            Sure, a GM can and maybe will play the Grob, but statistically, it isn't first, second, third, or fourth choice.
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by CookieMonster View Post
              One of my losses in the NAO was to a 2010ish player who played a delayed grob. I won the opening but ended up losing because I blundered a stupid piece. Like out of no where. It was like Caissa her self decided I was just going to do terrible in my games and curse me.:-( Anyway, the opening was unsound and I got the advantage but the point is, the game is not won till it's won. And almost any opening is viable in play where the competition is below 2300.

              Cheers,

              Jesse
              GM blunders too(thought not as often as compare to other players)

              But at below 2300, a player has more chance to blunder more if he plays unsound opening leading him to a bad position(bad positions are harder to play). Ang GM suggest to that don't play not sound opening to their students.

              It's like two beginner boxers fighting, one is hand up one is hands down(unsound stance in boxing), who do you think has more chance chance to win between these two beginner boxer? Of course the one with hands up..
              Last edited by ryan_c; 08-17-2012, 12:31 AM.
              " 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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              • #8
                I remember why I lost that game. I got my positional advantage, and then I went into a tunnel vision when I was looking at possibilities. Then I convinced myself the move was good. I have done it before, but it's been a long time. I get a chance to redeem myself for that last tournament this weekend.
                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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                • #9
                  From a review:

                  Israeli International Master Yochanan Afek and French FIDE Master Emmanuel Neiman have analyzed hundreds of high-level international games to discover what kinds of moves are difficult even for the masters to see. The result is this extremely useful collection of positions, game fragments, and puzzles that illustrate the most common causes of chess blindness
                  I think Invisible Chess Moves: Discover Your Blind Spots and Stop Overlooking Simple Wins book might be helpfull to you(of course to many players as well).

                  Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Invisible Chess Moves: Discover Your Blind Spots and Stop Overlooking Simple Wins
                  " 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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CookieMonster View Post
                    I remember why I lost that game. I got my positional advantage, and then I went into a tunnel vision when I was looking at possibilities. Then I convinced myself the move was good. I have done it before, but it's been a long time. I get a chance to redeem myself for that last tournament this weekend.
                    Tunnel vision is one of my biggest weaknesses, and I'm reading How to Think in Chess to try helping with that, as it's largely a how to think book. As for the topic of the Borg I personally wouldn't try it, but if it's sounder than its reputation then it'd be a great surprise weapon at the club level, and I think all 1.e4 players should have a basic knowledge of its traps and variations so black doesn't get an easy equality, though black should and likely would know the theory much better than white who is better served by studying Sicilian, 1...e5, and Caro-Kahn replies as they're more frequent.

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                    • #11
                      I have never needed to study tge borg being an e4 player. Ever.. And I don't see a need to study any traps in general either. If you fell into a trap its more likely you broke a principle.
                      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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                      • #12
                        I've always used the Picard Maneuver.
                        The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                        -JacksonWShowalter

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                        • #13
                          I prefer the Corbomite Gambit myself
                          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
                            LOL, you guys are too much.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CookieMonster View Post
                              I have never needed to study tge borg being an e4 player. Ever.. And I don't see a need to study any traps in general either. If you fell into a trap its more likely you broke a principle.
                              I love it when I fall into a trap. I usually win easily the next five times I face the same position.

                              Vladimir Drkulec

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