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spurtus ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
What to play against an IM? I'm playing some IMs this weekend OTB. 20min each clock.

I expect to be thumped. But hope to have some meagre chance of success if I play irregular openings that might use my opponents clock.

Does anybody have any opening that is quick to 'rattle off' whilst putting the burden of thought onto my opponents clock?

peppe_l ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Isn't it best To play something you are familiar with?
spurtus ♡ 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Peppe_l, usually yes, but I just know they will get the upper hand in the openings I play... maybe all but the Scandinavian. Other openings I try are QGD, budapest gambit... etc. which are easily transposed into an opening any IM will have a better idea about how to play it.

I play openings that give me a chance against my level 1300ish ELO, often I might know the game better than my opponent... but if I play a 2000+ player these openings are inviting instant doom.... I think?

Anything 'odd-ball' but that has a clear plan and anything with reasonably tricky questions for my oppnent to answer might be handy when under such time controls.

ccmcacollister ♡ 127 ( +1 | -1 )
If you have White you could play a Catalan type position. Fianchetto \k-side. o-o. Nf3, Nbd2,Bb2, Rooks to c1 and d1 (possibly d1 & e1). \pawns to c4 and d4. b&/or e pawns to third rank. Qc2 probably. Easy to play, easy to set up. Centralizes you, so you are responsive to threats, if any, as well as being solid.
I dont see why you cant play your Scandi as BL. Just look over your recent ones for the points of errors. And strive to at least get beyond such points.
\ok, I've got to say it ... since you do play gambits ... \ive been advocating the Center Game e4 e5 2.d4 which can transpose to a Scotch, Goring Gambit, or Petroff ... since the way i play it 2....exd4 is not answered by Qxd4 (tho Alekhine did play that \i believe) but by 2....\nf3 and if ...c5?! 3.c3!? (3.~Bc4 isa bit early due to b5! A pawn that cannot be taken.) I wouldnt really recommend trying to pickit all up to play vs Masters in short time. But might suit you someday?!
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Another way to look at playing an IM might be to consider it a learning experience, and try to play against him what you find hard to play against. Then at least you come out with a stronger game. Even if you happen to not win :) well, an \im has given you a line to play against something you had trouble with before. \maybe something a rival plays, if you should get so fortunate as to play into such a thing. !?
Regards, Craig ..... Good Luck & Skill to you !
wschmidt ♡ 1 ( +1 | -1 )
please... let us know how you do! ws
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sorceress_queen ♡ 104 ( +1 | -1 )
My 5 cents! :) spurtus
You must concentrate in few openings for white / black. It's your choice (according your game spirit) what they will be.

You must use the powerful weapon you have here, in GK, a CC site, to test once and again those lines, when you'd done; so you can meet a FM, even a IM, face to face. maybe you loose, but you got a chance to win, as you had learned what to do and what not. Not all the FIDE titulated knows ALL the openings nor all the hot lines.
Usually, when in a unknow line for they, they looks for simplify with things like this: pawn structure, good/bad bishop, Knight vs Bishop, and many others than can give they a bit (but enough) advantage in the game against you. Just this.
It's very hard for an amateur beat a titulated, but if you want to do, you must play ALL what you BEST know. No labo experiment or something like this...

Just MHO
chuckventimiglia ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Offer a Draw!! :-))
tag1153 ♡ 78 ( +1 | -1 )
Scandanavian........ I play it almost exclusively just for the reasons mentioned above. With black pieces, try 1. e4 d5 2. exd Qxd 3. Nc3 Qa5.......white's next move generally is d3 or d4, and I like to play c6 regardless to create an escape route when white plays an eventual Bd7 (aiming at your Queen). You can then retreat to Queens opening square, all the while aiming for a pin of whites Nf3 with a Bg4 of your own........It makes for a sharp, interesting opening, and black has good is not too common, and you may be able to catch your man off apologies if I have mis-stated a move, as I am just recalling from memory and have taken a valium before going to bed:) Best of luck, and take down that Goliath for all of us little guys;)

spurtus ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks for your help all, fingers crossed.... I'll let you know on Monday.... perhaps even with pgn of the games ( if they are worthy?! )

ccmcacollister ♡ 88 ( +1 | -1 )
Spurtus ... Just remembered, I did encounter a move in the Scandi recently that was new to me. If dont know if you've seen it, or if it is common. But it seemed a bit better to me that the usual that I encounter, during the game; tho honestly I havent looked at it in-depth after that yet. But since you are In the 11th Hour, so to speak, here it is for a looksee anyway, for whatever it might be worth.
It went 1.e4 d5 2.ed5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 and now before his Bg4 he first played 4...b5 !? , forcing me to commit my KB immediately; whether to Bb3 or Be2.
I went with Bb3. And BL had a lot of ideas. Like Bg4, or a5 or b4 playing against the WT Bb3 or Nc3 ... etc. In my blitz game I ended up more cramped than usual and he more active than usual. So I've been thinking to blitz the BL side myself soon and see how it feels.
[Perhaps zwishening-in ...b5 like that might even add some new twists to the ....c6, ...e6, or ...Bg7 gambit lines?! This just occurred to me, sans board, but is getting me interested enough, \i better go look it over! ]
ccmcacollister ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh my, what d'ya know .... I just got in a game from MLAZAR that follows that Scandi line ... Thanks M!
******************* ######## ******************** ###########
[Event "EM/M/187"]
[Site "ICCF Email"]
[Date "2002.04.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kachaev, Sergey Georgievich ("]
[Black "Breuer, Engelbert (GER)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2002.??.??"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bc4 b5 5. Bb3 a5 6. a3 Bg4 7. f3 Bc8 8. Nc3
Ba6 9. Nge2 g6 10. d3 Qd7 11. Nf4 Bg7 12. O-O c6 13. Re1 a4 14. Ba2 h6 15. Be3
g5 16. Bc5 gxf4 17. Rxe7+ Qxe7 18. Bxe7 Kxe7 19. Qe2+ Kf8 20. Qe5 Kg8 21. Qxf4
c5 22. Re1 Nbd7 23. Re7 Rh7 24. d6 c4 25. dxc4 bxc4 26. Nd5 Rf8 27. Nxf6+ Nxf6
28. Bxc4 Bc8 29. Bd3 1-0

ccmcacollister ♡ 43 ( +1 | -1 )
PS ..... My Question: Tomorrow I play my first UK tournament in London. "Rapid Chess".
What do I play if paired with SPURTUS !!?!
[ spurtus , It only Just occurred to me that we might Possibly be going to the SAME TOURNAMENT ?!? In any event, Good-Luck-&-Skill to you tomorrow in Your event ! ] ... }8�)
spurtus ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
3 draws 3 losses


Got 4 opportunities with the Scand. No bad games at all, but it was interesting that you can pretty much get a reasonable chance of playing it, and a decent game out of the Scand.

I'm going to put a lot of work into the Scand from now on.

hamis ♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 )
scandi..... How about the line

1. e4 d4
2. exd4 e4

the so called boehnke gambit? Ive been playing this once in a while and an attack along the half opened k-file always develops. The only thing is you must have at least a grasp of this gambit because there are numerous traps for white to exploit. But once black is out of this traps, he would have a realively easy win.