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The Borg Defense

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  • #16
    That was me with the Fried Liver when I first started playing. Once I learned the proper defense, I laughed when it came my way.
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    • #17
      I remember falling into the fried liver. I was 15 and the kid that beat me bragged that he saw it in chess life after the game. I believe he claimed it was the new generation of openings and traps. Hahaha!
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Armakov View Post

        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. Bc4 is my reply to the Borg. Old-school style of immediate pressure on f7.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by JustMe View Post
          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.
          Is it the book by Jan Przewoznick and Marek Soszynski?
          "Life is too short for chess." - Byron