Paul McKeown wrote:Can people recommend some decent lines against 1. b4?
benedgell wrote:The last time I faced 1.b4 I played a line I'd seen a friend play which looked pretty decent:
1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 f6 3. e4 c6 4. a3
Roger de Coverly wrote:Paul McKeown wrote:Can people recommend some decent lines against 1. b4?
The old line used to be to start with 1 .. c6 and then play .. a5 and .. Qb6. So games might go 1 b4 c6 2 Bb2 a5 3 a3 axb4 4 axb4 Rxa1 5 Rxa1 Qb6 and now White needs to play the humiliating 6 c3 to avoid loss of the b pawn.
The trouble is that many players of 1 b4 now know that the reply to .. a5 is b5 and either you prepare it with 2 c4 or 2 e3 or you just play the b5 advance anyway as a sacrifice.
Matt Rose punted 1 .. d5 2 .. Qd6 against Jonathan Rogers in this year's 4NCL, so there's scope for original solutions.
One other idea is to play 1 b4 c5 2 bxc5 e5. Of course you have to know that 2 e4 is unlikely or you are comfortable with meeting it.
I saw that game and liked the position Matt ended up with out of the opening. The idea of Qd6 was to support 3. ... e5 as White had to defend his b4 pawn.Roger de Coverly wrote:Matt Rose punted 1 .. d5 2 .. Qd6 against Jonathan Rogers in this year's 4NCL, so there's scope for original solutions.
Andrew Bak wrote:I have a 100% record in classical games (3/3) as black with 1.b4 b5! This always throws white off. This was always typically followed up with an early a7-a5 with the final victorious thrust of c7-c5!
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