Danny’s back with the first in a series of cutting-edge theoretical articles: a fresh idea for 1.e4 players. And he’s angry too!
Before starting this weeks article, which is about how to hammer Black’s feeble response to 1.e4, i.e. 1…e5, I want to get a few things off my chest.
The kind of people who voted for Brexit are the kind of people who are stuck with this image of a sepia tinted 1950s Britain, a land that never had it so good, but the world has moved on, we live in increasingly globalised times and you cannot afford to isolate yourselves.
I also think we play far too many games. England looked lethargic,mentally drained. Spain also, who have an equally competitive league, looked tired and wholly redundant of ideas. Yes you could blame the manager and clearly he was promoted beyond his mediocre standing. But compare the situation to chess. Imagine if I was in a team with Arkell, Hebden and Williams, facing a team of Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana and Kramnik. If we lose do we turn around and blame Brian Smith or Steve Ledger, or whoever our team manager is? No of course we bloody don’t, because we aren’t good enough. I know the situation is different in football to chess, the manager has more input and all that, but ultimately it comes down to the players, and the England footballers just aren’t that good.
Now I’ve got that all off my chest, lets move onto the chess. I was coaching this kid the other day and he asked me if I had a system to play against 1.e4 e5. That got me thinking. The problem now is if you go into the mainline Ruy, not only do you have to know what to do against the old mainline and any sidelines that Black might play (many of which are very reasonable) you also have to know how to bust the Berlin, which looks almost unbreakable. Not to mention the positions you get in the main line of the Berlin are very boring.
So to that end I tried to think of a system where you didn’t have to learn that much theory, where it’s not all analysed to death. That’s going to be the idea of these articles, to provide a series of systems that the reader can use which are tricky for the defender and also don’t require a lot of work. Anyway that’s enough preamble, lets get on with it.
In conclusion, the lines with Qe2 are very interesting and will surely gain
more practical tests. Perhaps they are not better than the main line Scotch
for White, but the chances are your opponent will not be ready for it, so if
you prepare well you have a good chance of advantage.