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Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45] 
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Post Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
Nice game. The kingside attack was instructive too.


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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
Excellent video as always, Laurent - thanks !

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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
Great video as usual. Nice mix of concrete variations and general observations about the position. The two go hand in hand, but few video annotators here combine them as smoothly as you do.

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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
Thanks for the kind comments, everyone! Glad the video was instructive.

@katar: I recently got totally DESTROYED on the Black side of the Ponziani, so I am going to have to go back and see what your video repertoire suggestion was after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. Qa4. Gotta neutralize this opening next time!


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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
I recommend an ambitious gambit to crush White, of course:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3?! d5 4.Qa4 Bd7 5.exd5 Nd4 6.Qd1 Nxf3 7.Qxf3 Bd6 and now 8.Be2 Nf6 or 8.Bc4 f5. Black will have a long-lasting central space advantage and lead in development after gaining further tempo on White's queen (with e5-e4).

I have only played 1600-ish players in this line (in blitz) but they get tangled up in knots and lose in humiliating fashion and meanwhile Black's piece activity and coordination is incredible. I think Black scores almost like 65-70% in the database or somth like that.

Helping people to play 1.e4 e5 is like planting a tree or giving milk to an orphaned kitten.

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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
Yes, I think I am going to try to play a slightly different gambit line against the Ponziani that starts with (after 4. Qa4) 4... Nf6. The idea is if 5. Nxe5 then 5... Bd6. If White takes twice on c6, Black has an excellent lead in development; e.g., 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Qxc6+ Bd7 8. Qb7 O-O with excellent play. If White plays more solidly, say, with 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. d3, then Black's position isn't quite as dynamic, but he still seems to retain good compensation for the pawn after 7... O-O. The absence of White's Queen from the kingside and the lack of a defensive Knight on f3 means that Black should be able to whip up a dangerous attack on White's King in the early middlegame.

Of course, your line with 4... Bd7 looks promising too! I re-watched that video and the finesse with 7... Bd6 is very clever. Good stuff.


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Post Re: Laurent - Playing against a Bishop [34:45]
So many good gambits against Ponzi. 3...f5 is another one. I investigated your line, the "Leonhardt" variation. But i dismissed it as i think White can play precisely and get an advantage. Also i looked at the first edition of "Ponziani Power" by Dave Taylor and he was not afraid of the 4...Nf6 Leonhardt but IIRC he wrote that the flexible Bd6 idea in the Caro line is very difficult for White to meet.

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