How can I beat this opening? I have only met it 3 times on GK, losing 2 and winning 1, although all three opponents were higher rated than me. In the Glasgow League however, it is a pretty common opening for black, and I have an even worse record otb in it. Of course I always meet it with 2.e5, which I feel is the best test of the opening, but I can't seem to beat it! Can anyone help me out here? Perhaps heinzkat or mybookrunsdeep or anyone else for that matter has some knowledge in this opening which they can share with us all.
Free pawn moves, free pawns moves!
I don't have too much trouble with the opening, although I must say I haven't been 'tested' much. In the past I would have some trouble with some Knight harrassing c4 early in the middlegame, but I guess if you just pay attention, you won't have trouble with that pawn.
There is also some kind of trap if Black messes up early (could happen when someone doesn't pay attention); see for example game.
The full line:
1. e4 Nf6
2. e5 Nd5
3. c4 Nb6
4. d4 Nc6?
5. d5! Nxe5 (5. ... Nb8 won't work either because of 6. c5)
6. c5 Nbc4
7. Qd4 b5
8. cxb6 Ba6
9. Nd2 Nxd2
10. Bxa6 and Black loses a Knight.
Hopefully someone else with more knowledge will explain more, in the meanwhile hope someone plays 4. Nc6. Good luck!
Modern goes like this:
White accepts a more modest spatial advantage, and hopes to be able to hang on to it. There are a number of possible Black responses:
4...Bg4, pinning the knight is the most common response, and White usually follows up with 5.Be2. Black will often voluntarily surrender the bishop pair by ...Bxf3 because the white knight is a fairly strong piece, and capturing it undermines the white centre pawns.
4...g6, preparing to fianchetto a bishop in the fight over the centre is also a common response. White's reply 5.Bc4, the Keres Variation.
4...dxe5 (the Larsen Variation) is another possibility which can lead to the sharp sacrificial line 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxf7!?. Bent Larsen used it in games with Mikhail Tal and Bobby Fischer.
4...c6 is along the lines of the Hedgehog Defence creating a position which is difficult to attack.
Of course thats just my opinion, I Might be wrong