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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
Good to see you posting again Steve! Thanks for the games and the comments- top video as always.

P.S. The Ponziani is bollocks and I have analysis to prove it! :p In my main line, I think black is at least equal, probably a bit better and it can easily go badly for white. Here's a sample game from Gibraltar:


Obviously 4...Nf6! and 5...Bd6 were homework. The gambit is sound. Probably better than sound.

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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
Great to see new content from you Steve. It's also nice to know that the site is still alive (somewhat)!

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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
Thanks for the comments guys. Good to be back.

It is a Ponzi scheme, no doubt. If Black is booked up he should be just fine, but that's part of the point. These guys are like us, they have a daytime job and don't have time to cover every opening. So the Ponziani, Fishing Pole and Max Lange are all good surprise weapons. Who has time to study this stuff? Principled opening play should do the trick. Some play the Latvian for the surprise effect but I think that is a bit more suspect than the three I mentioned.

I'm with you on this one, I think I would have probably played the 4...Nf6 line.

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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
According to my database 4...Nf6 is not well-known and is only played 10% of the time. I'm surprised you knew it!

I honestly think if you know moves 4-5, maybe add 30 mins or an hour's learning, and boom! Ponziani is never a threat to you again. At Master level that isn't a lot of time.

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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
Sarciness wrote:
According to my database 4...Nf6 is not well-known and is only played 10% of the time. I'm surprised you knew it!

I honestly think if you know moves 4-5, maybe add 30 mins or an hour's learning, and boom! Ponziani is never a threat to you again. At Master level that isn't a lot of time.

I've always been a fan of Morphy and offering one of those annoying pawns to get rapid piece play is a favorite motif. Actually, I've been revamping my openings a lot recently with the help of Houdini and I am surprised at how many lines the computer is willing to give up a pawn for rapid piece play. Computers have come a long way in the past few years!

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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
Very interesting coverage, thanks.


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Post Re: sfarmer29 - 2014 USCL WK1 AZ-Seattle [40:19]
I haven't been around here for a long time, and today found your new videos. Serendipity.


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