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Probably the most aggressive opening without being unplayable in chess is Double Muzio Gambit in King's Gambit, which suicide-bombs two minor pieces at f7 for a wildest possible opening attack: [FEN ""] [Title "Double Muzio Gambit"] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O! {Strongest continuation, Muzio gambit! White sacrifices a piece for better ...


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I can't believe that no one mentioned the Lolli attack, very similar to the fried liver attack, but the Lolli attack is better! [FEN ""] [Title "Lolli Attack"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O From there, you actually have 4 main variations, watch this youtube video, it will tell you everything you need to know about the ...


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The Open Sicilian (1.e4 c5 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.d4) counts, in my view. White immediately gets a lead in development and great attacking chances, in return for some positional sacrifice, most notably the 1v2 pawns in the center. This opening is famous for its wild sacrificial attacks, in my opinion even more so than the king's gambit. Piece sacrifices on ...


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Sometimes, one way to get overtly aggressive in a reasonably sound way is to throw out an early g4 pawn thrust in an otherwise vanilla, mainline position. For instance, in the Anti-Meran 6.Qc2 variation of the Semi-Slav, the gambit move 7.g4!? was popularized by Shirov and Shabalov: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4!? ...


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I will assume here that you are talking about sacrificing pieces and not just pawns, which require less compensation. For a sacrifice to work out you generally need to either 1) checkmate the opposing king, or 2) eventually gain the material back. There are other scenarios, but they're less common and I will ignore them here. Often goal 2 occurs because ...


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Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation, Yugoslav Attack Another pretty sharp opening for both sides is The Sicilian Dragon, with the Yugoslav Attack being one of the sharpest variations. It differs from most of the openings listed here because it's not a gambit, but still a very sharp and dangerous opening with lots of threats for both White and Black. 9. Bc4 ...


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Let me recommend two sharp opening variations for the black pieces: the Sicilian Najdorf and Semi-Slav Botvinnik variation. They lead to dynamic and complicated positions with chances for both sides. They are excellent for playing for a win with the black pieces. To master one or both of these variations, I recommend getting at least one modern book per ...


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The Smith-Morra Gambit is aggressive for white. [fen ""] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 (4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2) White has sacrificed a pawn (or two) to free up his development.


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You seem to enjoy tactical play, so there are a few options for you against 1. d4. As it appears you prefer gambits over other openings, consider looking at the relatively offbeat Budapest Gambit which is characterized by the opening moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 where after 3. dxe5 black can reply with either 3...Ne4 or 3...Ng4 with the latter being more popular....


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I like to play Benoni, because black has many chances to win. Also it is very asymmetrical from the pawn structure, so the chance to play draw isn't really high. [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 You just have to be careful, with the white d pawn. Never ever let it to d6. You will play g6 with Bg7. If everything goes right, you ...


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Additionally to Andrew's answer, I'd suggest to have a look at the Benko Gambit (a.k.a. Volga Gambit): [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 It is a sound and deep opening. If the gambit is accepted, it leads to sharp play and dynamic positions.


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Two gambits that your opponents would likely play into a fair amount, and are defined by move two, are the Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5, like a reversed King's Gambit) and the Albin Counter-gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5). Between the two, the Albin is considered more sound, and even sees top-level games from the likes of Morozevich and Nakamura. The Latvian is ...


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Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense Very sharp response to the Ruy Lopez. In blitz it is playable at all levels. At slower time-controls, should be solid even for master play. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5


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They are related, but probably not the same. If you play an opening like the King's Indian you are probably an aggressive, attacking player, but you may rely more on the understanding of the position than on tactical tricks. Similarly, there are certain types of position where accurate calculation is required but with defensive purposes. Aggressive and ...


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No. The evidence I've heard for the argument you saw was that top women's play has a lower draw rate than top men's play. The problem with that line of thinking is that if you look at men's games at the same Elo level as the top women, about 2500-2600, the draw rate is the same.


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The weakness is b2 with the absence of the bishop. This is James Rizzitano's recommendation against the London system in his book "How to Beat 1 d4": [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. c3 Qb6 6. Qb3 c4 7. Qc2 Bf5 The bishop is immune due to the b2 weakness (the rook on a1 will drop).


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Your profile reminds me of that of a master named David Janowski. His nemesis was a world champion (and a personal friend) name Jose Raul Capablanca. Capablanca published a book called "Chess Fundamentals" which details a number of games he won against Janowski (and others). I would study this book from "Janowski's" point of view. The book is one of the few ...


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I think you are on to something, and statistically, there is a very good reason to play the Scotch over the Ruy Lopez, but that might not be all there is to it. I think that the main reason is that we are taught that the Ruy Lopez is THE most classical opening, and is the best. I have seen that mindset in SO many books written by the top players over the ...


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I would recommend the Schara-Hennig-Gambit for black: [Title "Schara-Hennig-Gambit"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qa4 Bd7 6. Qxd4 exd5 7. Qxd5 Nf6 8. Qd1 Nc6 It is pretty rare (the Tarrasch is 10 times more common after 3…c5), according to the computer it is sound and if ...


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It's a bit difficult to recommend an aggressive line that doesn't fall into the variations that you listed. However, I believe there is an option that may suit your tastes. The Rossolimo with 2. Nc3 is venomous choice that's played at the highest levels and contains many lines that are quite dangerous for black. Here's one of the opening traps: [FEN ""] 1. ...


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It looks like you are looking for a line that is aggressive, but does not require you to jump into tactical lines right away. If this is the case 1.e4 c5 2.b3 is worth consideration. It is hard to predict where the game will go, but usually the fact that white's dark-squared bishop is aiming at white king via a1-h8 diagonal gives pretty good attacking ...


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I have a very good gambit for you, with black against 1. d4. it's called Benko gambit: [White "Benko"] [Black "Gambit"] [fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 It later gives you some ultra strong attack from the queen side, if white takes cxb5 your next move is a6 and then the opening branches out :)


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Many engines have adjustable parameters, which allow to alter their playing style. If you mess around it a bit, you can create whole 'engine personalities'... Here, for example, someone though it interesting to create a personality called, the Komodo Kinghunter. Apparently, it does exactly what you are looking for - plays aggressively and not necessarily ...


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I heard from everyone that only beginners do it for a reason but I can't exactly figure out why nobody else would use that defense. It's not true that nobody but beginners use the Scandinavian - I use it, and my rating is in the 1700s. The opening is, however, somewhat rare; I've only seen it about 4% of the time when I've played 1.e4 in tournament games. ...


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The London is mostly an attempt to play the Slav in reverse. It is very solid and flexible. Black should be careful not to overreach. Kaufman recommends a King's Indian with a c7-c5 break like Avrukh. I have had luck with the e7-e5 break from the KID. A difficult problem for the original question is if your opponent does not play the London, you have to ...


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The London system is a system for White where the dark squared bishop is brought out early to f4 after d2-d4. There are several ways in which it can appear: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 and [fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 and [fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 This means it is very hard to avoid meeting the London system after White ...


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On top of the exciting Benko gambit, you can consider the Albin counter-gambit. Also, check out the Botvinnik variation. The Grunfeld variation is also an interesting option for sharp play. Here are the starting moves of the Albin counter-gambit: [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5


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Baadur Jobava is probably the most aggressive top player right now. If you go even further up the ranking, Mamedyarov is very aggressive as well. And although he is not one for wild and dubious attacks, Caruana is actually quite uncompromising, his draw rate is very low. Topalov and Morozevich are two names that stand for aggressive chess. But I think ...


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An aggressive opening against d4 is the Dutch defense, or f5. Black tries to get a king side attack against White to offset the latter's moves on the queenside, kind of the opposite of the usual sequence. In the 20th century, it was used by aggressive players like Rudolph Spielman.


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I've been playing the Smith-Morra for many years now. 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 I generally get a good game even at the USCF expert level.


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