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e3 Poison claims a victim

Even when an opening is “unambitious,” it can be dangerous for the opponent. Axel Smith’s look into the 21st Century way of playing e3-systems greatly was the inspiration for this game:

Alvaro Aranha Filho – Frederico Gazel


1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. e3 b6 4. Bd3 Bb7 5. O-O c5 6. c4 Be7 7. Nc3 cxd4 8. exd4 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Ne5 O-O 11. Qg4 Nf6 12. Qh4 Nc6 13. Bg5 h6

14. Bxf6! gxf6

14…Bxf6 15.Qe4 g6 16. Nxc6 Qc7 17. d5 exd5 18. Nxd5 Qxc6 19. Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Qxb7


15. Qxh6 f5 16. Bxf5 exf5 17. Nxc6 Bxc6 18. Qxc6 Qxd4 19. Rad1 Qc5 20. Qf3 Rad8 21. Nd5 1-0

You can also see the game here.

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  1. TD
    March 6th, 2018 at 09:26 | #1

    Nice game!

  2. TD
    March 6th, 2018 at 09:37 | #2

    … and I also like the book!

  3. Javier Castellote
    March 6th, 2018 at 21:57 | #3

    Jacob, what do you thing about the openings in chess player with 2250 Elo? It is very important?

  4. Javier Castellote
    March 6th, 2018 at 21:58 | #4

    think* sorry

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    March 6th, 2018 at 22:30 | #5

    @Javier Castellote
    I think it is important to show up with ideas and a concept for the game. To not have to fight desperately from the beginning. Openings are deeper now than when I had 2250, but I generally spent time trying to find things that worked for me, conceptually, and to have ideas early in the game. But I never had deep knowledge. At times, when I did prepare, I prepared straight to wins many times, probably because I was good at predicting my opponent’s opening choices. I often got “surprised” in the opening only to be an hour up on the clock, having had a counter-surprise ready. Later on, I cared less and less and only prepared when I knew my opponents were very theoretical, which happens less and less now.

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    March 6th, 2018 at 22:31 | #6

    I do think knowing what you are aiming for is very useful. More useful than getting an advantage from the opening…

  7. Pinpon
    March 7th, 2018 at 16:58 | #7

    Those little systems with e3 can be very dull but sometimes very exciting ( look at the blitz game between Grischuk and Kramnik at Tal Memorial : look at 1.Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.b3 0-0 6.Bb2 dxc4 7.bxc4 c5 8. Rg1 !!??

  8. neiman
    March 8th, 2018 at 08:55 | #8

    Great book, very well writen ! It is more about Chess in general than merely openings, but provides many ideas.

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