Re: Bullrock - Queen\'s Gamibt / Chigorin\'s Defense [19:56]
[quote="Bullrock"][quote="brucewallace2"]Do openings really matter at anything below say 1800?[/quote]
I would have to say yes to this. The reason is because there are some pretty nasty combinations in some openings that unless you are familiar with, you are likely to fall prey to them. One example is the Ponziani. It contains a line similar to the Halloween gambit and if you make "natural" moves against it, you likely will have a very short, embarrassing game!
Link to a video on the Ponziani opening...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOZLHeKW ... re=related
Thx Bullrock. I've seen this video and tried out the Ponziani in blitz. Yeah I did trap the odd player but got crushed by others and as the commentator did say, should black play accurately you get a sharp game early in the opening. So you would be on your chess mettle in the early middle game. In OTB tournament chess with lots of time to think you would be likely to face a tough opponent who will invest time on making a strong reply. Time spent on playing solidly in the opening pays off because with the avoidance of blunders in the opening you will reach a middle game where tactics predominate. If the opening is played well it should lead to an advantage which stretches into the ending. When you play off-beat openings quite often the opponent takes longer over his reply. Sometimes they play a weak move but often they hit you with the best reply.
In every opening if the oponent just plays a normal looking move he may be in trouble. For example I play the Scotch. 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-Nc6 3.d4-exd 4.Nxd....now a good reply is then ..Nf6. However in blitz I'm amazed how many players go in for the exchange of the d4N. So 4....NxN 5.QxN and a lot then play ...Nf6 5.e5! and black is in some trouble. I've hardly lost a game in this line. Better players wouldn't play this, probably cos they've sufferred before and play 5...c5 instead hitting whites Q. If you think about most positions there usually is a good move to play.