Justin Hadi wrote:I think it's quite an interesting debate actually... Playing theory lines vs offbeat stuff.
That isn't how I see it. I don't think that 5... f5 is off-beat, it's just bad, a cheap trick to get a pawn to e4 and hope White will not cope. Plenty of interesting off-beat lines, many of them fairly decent.
Justin Hadi wrote:I would mention a recent bestselling book involving a certain 3 moves as black against anything
I'm not sure that the Acc. Drag. and associated lines are that off-beat. Been around for a long time, some pretty heavyweight players have essayed them.
Justin Hadi wrote:Here is a nice game attacking with queen and knights. More of a closed position than some of the earlier efforts. And some other pieces which get in the way... A good way to avoid a draw playing the hippo. My record in longplay : W2 D1 L4, but two great wins!
Faulkes, Nick - Hadi, Justin 2009.05.04
Round 11.4 4NCL/Div3/OXF2-WR2 Daventry
1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 d6 5.c4 Ne7 6.Nc3 g6 7.d5 e5 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Qd2 h6 10.Bh4 Nd7 11.Bc2 a6 12.Rc1 Bc8 13.a3 Nf8 14.b4 Nh7 15.c5 g5 16.Bg3 Ng6 17.O-O h5 18.h3 g4 19.hxg4 hxg4 20.Nh2 Nf6 21.Qe2 Bh6 22.Rce1 Bf4 23.Qd3 Nh5 24.Bd1 Qg5 25.cxd6 cxd6 26.Bxf4 Ngxf4 27.Qe3 Qh4 28.g3 Qxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Nxg3+ 30.Kg1 Rh1 mate
Nice combination, but surely not a great advert for Owen's Defence? Black appears to have a King's Indian Defence with a misplaced light squared bishop after seven moves, how are you going to sacrifice it on the kingside? Think White drifts a little with stuff like 11. Bc2, but he was fine anyway until 17. 0-0, which was simply suicidal. I would have thought moving the queen, maybe 17. Qe3, allowing the normal Nf3-d2-c4 would have been in order, perhaps together with f2-f3 and re-routing the dark squared bishop.