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'Anti-Scandi' Gambit ??
Opening of the Future ??!
I've been pioneering this Thing in blitz and strangely, getting rather overwhelming results; positive results that is. Which I'm sure can't be justified. But thought I'd toss the Thing out here for inspection. Maybe someone needs an Anti-Scandi surprise or such.
Goes 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Be2 ?! A key point. Here some players miss it entirely and just blitz on oblivious to the pawn offer ... others use a lot of think time. The weird part being both will decline it about 14 out of 15 times??!~ Fearing Bf3 I suppose. So play something like
3... Bf5 and I'll try to nudge them to accept here with 4.Nc3 ?! and still they decline. And everyone seems inclined to try to keep their Queen on the K-side and lose lots of time getting it kicked. It's just been a fun opening. And I think definately not the up&coming corr. opening. But it seems to put people off their game. Maybe its uncomfortable to Scandi players? I dont know.
White gets options in developing. d-pawn can go d3 or d4. And either Bf3 & Nge2 or Nf3 & Be2. If you try it I'd be interested in hearing your results here.
I've got another thing I play vs the Scandinavian that has gotten good results in actual otb tournament play. Goes like this:
1.e4 d5 2.ed5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 Bg4 5.f3 Bf5 (many recommend Bc8 here to deprive white of the g4 lines. But it wont really matter for this variation, as will be seen, since a later Bb5+ usually puts it back Bd7 anyway. Which is the whole point.) 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.d4 Nb6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Bd3 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.c4
and here I've faced all three of ...Nf6 Nb4 or Nb6.
White seems to just get free and easy development with a number of options. Be3 & Ne2 , Qb3 may trouble b7, or Qd2 or Qc2, or f4 and Nf3. Just a lot of options and has had good results even in postal play. Tho it doesnt look like all that much.
I'm hoping it might become the Collister Variation }8-)
as I've seen Close, but never quite the same line in The Books. What do you think?
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PS// The Second Thing ...
Has really had good results in serious games ... going something like 14-0-& 2 draws vs about 1650-2050 ratings in otb. And a win and draw in postal vs about a 1750 & a 2000, in the order expected. I think that it might actually be a pretty fair sequence. Tho no doubt familiarity must help the WT players.
Anyway, despite good results, I dont claim it to be a "White to play and win" type situation by any means. But perhaps more of a situation such as IM Keith Hayward mentions regarding his own opening, the Bird's Opening, calling it 'second rate' but a useful weapon for the practitioner nonetheless !?
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5...Bc8 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bc4 Bc8 etc.etc. until white takes a draw or continues with Nc3