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Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:00 pm
by Nick Grey
I have some lovely meal going but time for a little light relief on openings once we leave Europe.

We ought not to play the french, the dutch, the italian game, polish, icelandic, russian, latvian......

I'm happy for the Spanish except the Berlin. After all that was about the time of when we had some crisis that was not about European Union.

I'm also happy about Sicilians as quite a lot of diversity and variety there and I've never seen that as typical Italian.

Plenty of other choice from here and around the world. :D

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:23 am
by John Clarke
Won't this approach result in even more use of the London System? :evil:

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
by John Foley
The Scandinavian would revert to the Centre Counter.

The French Defence would revert to the Anglo-Norman Keep

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:15 pm
by Paul Cooksey
The Dutch becomes the Reversed Bird's Opening

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:29 pm
by Michael Farthing
John Foley wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
The Scandinavian would revert to the Centre Counter.
As far as I'm concerned it has never ceased to be the Centre Counter!! Just as the Ruy Lopez remains the Ruy Lopez and the Guioco Piano remains the Guioco Piano (except for the bit that is the Evans Gambit which remains the Evans Gambit).

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:35 pm
by Clive Blackburn
It looks as though I am going to have to learn the English now! :roll:

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:02 pm
by Richard Bates
Michael Farthing wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:29 pm
John Foley wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
The Scandinavian would revert to the Centre Counter.
As far as I'm concerned it has never ceased to be the Centre Counter!! Just as the Ruy Lopez remains the Ruy Lopez and the Guioco Piano remains the Guioco Piano (except for the bit that is the Evans Gambit which remains the Evans Gambit).
For some reason I always thought the Scandinavian differed from the Centre counter by whether black’s move 2 was Nf6 or Qxd5?

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:04 pm
by JustinHorton
That's my view, though I think books that call 1...d5 the Scandinavian tend to lay claim to both moves.

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:41 pm
by Michael Farthing
Clive Blackburn wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:35 pm
It looks as though I am going to have to learn the English now! :roll:

As a thooughbred remainer I am now calling that the European Opening

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:32 pm
by Clive Blackburn
Michael Farthing wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:41 pm
Clive Blackburn wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:35 pm
It looks as though I am going to have to learn the English now! :roll:

As a thooughbred remainer I am now calling that the European Opening
Nicola Sturgeon will now be trying her best to popularise the Scotch Game.

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:15 am
by MJMcCready
So should we treat foreigners, like GM Aronian for example, who promote the English Opening with suspicion? What's he up to, trying to steal our openings off from us and do what exactly?

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:58 pm
by Paolo Casaschi
I expect a surge in populism, sorry popularity of the "go whistle" opening sequence requiring White to start the game with 1. f3 (thus damaging their own position) then leaving the chessboard, going whistling for a while, hoping for something suddenly to happen in their favor but achieving nothing else than being in terrible zeitnot in a terrible position.

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:20 pm
by Paul McKeown
Paolo has nailed it, but for one detail, which will be the draw offer, five seconds before flag fall on move 2, followed by an appeal to the crowd for special treatment for an old imperial power.

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:53 pm
by Nick Grey
I agree with Richard and Justin on Scandinavian. Basically the 2...Nf6 variations that transpose into Icelandic Gambit or Portuguese Variation are banned but transposition into Caro-Kann Panov seem Ok.

Scotch plus Gambit, Welsh and irish seem fine by me. Though I have no idea what some of them are.

Indian defences are fine. London system too though I would not play it.

I'm Ok with foreigners who promote post-Brexit openings, and Paulo's and Paul's comments have made me laugh, but leaving it to 5 seconds may be a bit late!

Some European Flags with some posters on this site and they may have to be banned Post-Brexit.

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:06 am
by Michael Farthing
Nick Grey wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Some European Flags with some posters on this site and they may have to be banned Post-Brexit.
Ah! The treasured "British Values" in action!