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 Post subject: Opening Recommendation
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 4:42 am 
Can anyone recommend an opening against 1.d4 which is similar in character to the Sicilian? I really like all the tactical possibilities which arise from it, particularly the Dragon.


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What about the Dutch Defence? 1.d4 f5.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2003 3:14 am 
daveyd wrote:
Can anyone recommend an opening against 1.d4 which is similar in character to the Sicilian? I really like all the tactical possibilities which arise from it, particularly the Dragon.


Looking for tactics? Go for King's Indian!


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 Post subject: Tactic...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:47 am 
Looking for Positional Play? The Nimzo-Indian Defense is great. I discovered a thing: I fianchettoed the queenside and castled queenside. Seemed amazing! But it of course depends on what your opponent does.


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 Post subject: Re: Tactic...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 5:45 am 
I'd recomend the Semi-slav. It can be played against any d4 opening. It is well respected. It has some extremely sharp lines. Just look at the botvinnik variation or the meran from the semi-slav. I personally play the Moscow variation instead of the Botvinnik though.


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fickle wrote:
What about the Dutch Defence? 1.d4 f5.

I play 1.d4 and find the Dutch one of the easier systems to play against.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Recommendation
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:16 pm 
daveyd wrote:
Can anyone recommend an opening against 1.d4 which is similar in character to the Sicilian? I really like all the tactical possibilities which arise from it, particularly the Dragon.


There are many good aggressive opening replies for Black at his disposal to White's pawn-push 1.d4.

The King's Indian Defense is an attacking opening for the Black player, and is also favoured in today's master play :!: . The Dutch Defense is another good choice, yet sometimes the position gets paralysed/closed if both sides avoid early exchanges :x . If you enjoy playing gambits, The Budapest is obviously a good choice (In this opening you will get open lines to attack! :evil: :wink: ): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!?. And after 3. dxe5 (the more usual reply), Black can play both 3... Ng4 (the best move), when he probably gets his pawn back, or play the more risky (and trappy! :twisted: ) 3... Ne4?!.

And of course, as Sombre_Seraph mentions, the Semi-Slav is a perfect opening where you can create a lot of imbalances in the position, for instance, in the pawn structure or material.
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I allways have difficulty with the d4 opennings.


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 Post subject: Dutch Treat!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:16 pm 
The Dutch Defense (1...f5) is sometimes considered a similar "mirror-image" response as 1..c5 is with the Sicilian against 1. e4 in some ways, but the notable exception is the fact that f7 is quite vulnerable, especially with the pawn vacating the spot! :shock:

However, I have found that Black has plenty of opportunities for counter-play. I have sometimes played the Dutch Defense as another alternative to my usual replies against 1.d4 by White, which are normally the King's Indian Defense, Grünfeld Defense or Modern Benoni. :wink:

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 Post subject: The Dutch
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:40 am 
is really nothing like the Sicilian. The Sicilian, in main lines, is a sharp open game, whereas, in main lines, the Dutch is much more strategic/positional. Oh, its imbalanced, and can become tactical, but the main thrust of the opening is positional maneuvering.

I agree with the KID suggestion. Several lines of the KID are quite similar to the Dragon; not all are, but it probably has the most tranference of any D4 opening vis-a-vis the dragon.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:37 pm 
Daveyd

[/quote]Can anyone recommend an opening against 1.d4 [quote]

I'd also suggest the King's Indian Defence.


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 Post subject: Sicilian-like
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:10 pm 
Well... you can try 1. d4 c5 where white has the option to hit, which I think is bad or to push with d5. After the push d6 and e6 to try and open it up. After the hit on c5 you can play Qa5+ Qxc5 with an immediate regain of the pawn but you don't want that play e6 instead... and you've got your advantage right there. You can also play d6 and transpose to a Pirc but I think Pirc's kinda lame... I hope this helps you (probably not cause I hate playing d4 or against d4)


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fickle wrote:
What about the Dutch Defence? 1.d4 f5.

The Dutch Defence is a fun one to use, I use it a lot in high school games. The only problem is a weak king.
Try Queens Indian or Kings Indian.


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The Mar del Plata variation is one interesting (and wild!) choice for the Black player in the KID. I have encountered it many times as White, and embarassing enough I lost all the games. The bookish line runs thus:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Ng6 14.c5 Nf6! 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.b4 Rf7 17.a4 Bf8 18.a5 Bd7 19.Nb5 g4! 20.Nc7 g3!! 21.Nxa8 Nh5! And Black's attack is apparently worth more than the sacrificed rook. White's best move here, according to ECO, is 22.Bc4.


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I think the (Modern) Benoni comes nearest to a purley tactical struggle as (most variations of) the Sicilian offer...


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