I'm wondering if anyone has any general tips for how to make white
feel this "bad knight"
The fact that you manage to put "bad" and "bad knight" in scare quotes shows that there is some hope for you. White does not have a bad position. I suspect that this line isn't played much at master level because it isn't the best way to ...
The game Najer - Polgar, Richard Riordan GM Blitz, 2009 is from TWIC 767, along with the above sequence of moves. Sicilian Paulsen, White win, 78 moves. There are a large number of moveless games from the same tournament, so it looks like the event organisers had problems recording the game moves accurately.
There is a similar ancient question, but this isn't a duplicate since White may move anywhere.
For an upper bound, I can prove a guranteed win for White in 5 moves. Indeed, it is reminiscent of Scholar's Mate.
1. e3 null 2. Bc4 null 3. Qf3 null 4. Nh3 null 5. Ng5
With Black to move, as White has now used up their five given moves, ...
It seems to be quite a lot worse than the Danish. Stockfish Nnue gives around -0.57 at depth 33 for the Danish (after 4.Bc4), while the Ryder has around -2.36 at depth 32 (in the position after 5...Qxd4 6.Be3).
It's true these are just surface level engine evaluations. However, considering the book you're referencing on the Ryder came out in 2011, I highly ...
The knight is badly misplaced on c3 here. If you protect your d5-pawn with ...e6, what is the knight supposed to do? It doesn't put any pressure on the d5-pawn since there are no White pawns helping to attack it. If White's c-pawn were on c4 then the knight would be completely fine on c3. But now, even if all of White's pieces were attacking the d5-pawn, it ...
Three options I can think of immediately:
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Chessable also lets you create your own courses (for free) which you can then do spaced repetition on.
Listudy is another option.
Carlsen introduced 8... Ne7 (after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5) instead of 8...Nb8. He played this in round 12 and then again in game two of the tiebreak. The line was known before but not played at the highest level and therefore not considered a serious approach by black.
You can find the analyzed games here ...
Just what is so bad about the White knight and its position? 4. Nf6 for Black is the best option, with a slight theoretical edge in scoring probability in the endgames, although getting there would take accurate play. Additionally, there are many moves that look plausible that would fail to do well. Overall, the position is very drawish.
Using Caissabase or the lichess masters database we can see that instead of Nxe4, Nc6 is more popular to avoid this gambit idea (the Urusov gambit) which is.... dubious but not so simple and seemingly scores fine enough. White has additionally scored p decently.
Qe7+ has only been played in one game, but seems good (black won that game, and SF12 gives -0.89 ...
If I had to guess I'd say that one extra move for White (normal chess) is objectively a draw, 3 extra moves is probably a win, and 2 extra moves is a tossup.
The problem is, for anything short of 4 extra moves, there's no way to definitively prove any of the above results. Yes, Stockfish gives some evaluation that's much better for White, but unless it can ...
My answer is to just play chess- playing on the queenside as normal is a good idea in this structure even without the pawn on c3, since here you get to knock away the knight. Pressure versus d4 is also easier without a c3 pawn, which is nice. Black is better than normal, but it's not really anything you can get a instant win from- this just doesn't even come ...
Sure! Playing a highly tactical position that you aren't used to can help you train your tactics, but there are plenty of non-gambit alternatives that are also rich in tactics (think for instance of most lines in the Sicilian defense)
I'd bet a lot of money that somehow one move from either side was stored incorrectly which makes the whole game incorrect.
A possible correct version of this game may be 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 Or some other permutation of those moves (e.g. play 4...cxd4 one move earlier, I chose this order since it's closer to the ...
I don't think it's a good idea to rook lift this early in crazy house. Lichess's carzy house computer actually says that 1.e4 gives white a +2.3 advantage and 1.a4 gives white -1.0. In crazy house, you have to get your pieces out as fast as possible.
You probably mean 4...Nxb4.
White will play 5.c3, and there is probably nothing better than 5...Nc6; so it boils down to being the same as 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Nxb4 5.c3 Nc6
d4 would be the best choice as white, for sure - generally leads to more positional situations.
Against the slav-
Exchange Slav is an option if you aren't annoyed by the drawish nature.
Against the QGD-
Exchange QGD (with a Nf3 0-0 setup like Karpov) is a good option.
You should probably avoid the Nimzo and Benoni (so, after d4 Nf6 c4 e6, play Nf3, and after ...
i like lichess because of it study feature. Lichess has the strongest free chess computer online and has a large master opening database for free. You can make your own or look at other people's studies.
I would strongly suggest looking into chess.com as they have an extensive "Learning" module on end game and end game tactics. You are limited to the amount of modules you can complete per day unless you are willing to pay for a subscription. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as learning to much can result in concepts not necessarily taking hold.
In the Ruy Lopez White usually wants to play with c3 and d4 to claim the center. If you play d3 instead then you lose a tempo if you still want to go for that plan.
Of course it is not the only possible plan but then the question becomes, if you answer 3...Nf6 with 4.d3, why would you not play the Italian instead where you might get a similar structure after ...
The main alternative to the move
4.0-0, it avoids
Berlin endgame. White
do not seek to squeeze the maximum
from the debut, carrying the weight
fight in the middle of the game. although
elite grandmasters have recently become addicted to this continuation, his theory is still developing (comment from the book practical guide to the Berlin defense. ...
I am old enough to remember when the Pirc and Modern were new and controversial. At that time, when explaining them to beginners, one talked about "luring the White Pawns forward to where they can be attacked". With 2.e5, White voluntarily sticks his head above the parapet. The reply ..f6 does not meaningfully attack the Pawn, but creates a ...
If you play in tournaments that are not class limited to very low players you should expect to lose a lot more than you draw or win if you try those openings.
You can beat beginners with stuff like that but you wont advance far as the good players will clean your clock.