29 ( +1 | -1 ) Portuguese OpeningDoes anybody knows the Portuguese Opening? Wich is: 1. e4 e5 2. Bb5 I don't know it very well, despite being Portuguese nor I know how to defend the bishop from 2. ...c6 or a6. But Kevin Spraggett (International Grand Master) believes it's a truly new opening wich very rare these days.
21 ( +1 | -1 ) I played it too(very seldom), in blitz games; I've read about it somewhere many years ago. It's not too bad as it may seem at first; his strategic value may resemble the Alekhine defence. Anyway, White has 10 better 2nd moves :)
55 ( +1 | -1 ) Welcome To The New World !!!Portuguese and not the Spaniards are the ones who discovered the New World ! Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus, as far as I know, were actually Portuguese but employed by the Spanish Royalty to navigate the globe! My fantasy disclosed that the great champion Senor Ruy Lopez of Spain copied the idea of 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5! from Potuguese's 2.Bb5?!?. WOW!!! My fictional imagination led me to theorize that 2.Bb5?!? was transported to the New World as a surprise novel weapon to the Indians. To the great surprise of the Conquerors, the Indians had an equally surprising counter-attack, i.e. 1.e4 e5 2.Bb5?!? Bb4?!? ....and the rest was history....the Portuguese attack was never tried again.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) Philaretus Defense !!!Sir, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Bb4?!, as far as I can recall, has no name yet! Hence, you must claim it as Philaretus Defense at once!!! In these cyber-age days it's almost impossible to find a bizarre novelty on the 2nd move. Congratulations, Sir Martin Wilson!
22 ( +1 | -1 ) I Missed It By A HairLine !!!Death_by_pawns, you're truly a chessplayer, snatching every inch of an opportunity. I missed to inform Philaretus to claim it as his own by mere 10 minutes and 50 seconds. Anyway, congrats. I'LL REMEMBER your newly discovered opening BY HEART!!!
12 ( +1 | -1 ) ahem.the rules are,to claim an opening as your own you must do one of these two things,1) play it in a tournament 2) publish your theory on the opening.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) ahem...Death_by_pawns was of course joking.
Has anyone any more analysis to add to these, admittedly, fairly crude suggestions?
8 ( +1 | -1 ) booya!yeah! already played it in a tournament! now I only need to publish my theory on it!
15 ( +1 | -1 ) White is betterafter 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bb4 3. c3!:
A) 3... Bf8 leaves White two tempi up on the Ponziani opening. B) 3... Ba5 4. Nxe5 Qe7 5. d4 d6 6. Qa4+ wins. C) 3... Bc5, Be7, Nxe5 D) 3... Bd6 leaves Black in a horrible position in terms of development.
2 ( +1 | -1 ) so,would you really want to be known for thisopening death_by_pawns ?
55 ( +1 | -1 ) About that particular opening.Atrifix, your analyzis was a bit incomplete, especially about the Ba5 variant.
When you risk so much tempoloss it is very stupid to bring out your queen so early. After c3 Ba5 I'd chase the bishop with my queenside pawns untill it is put on h7/c7 (I think that is logic), gaining much space but, as mentioned, the ability (for black)to, like Alekhine's defence, attack the pawn formation.
I think it is just that the opening is there for. A, Bf8 is worthless. B, Ba5 I could try. C, Bc5 is worse than Be7 (which still is too passive and do not create anything. D, Bd6 deserves not to be mentioned.
41 ( +1 | -1 ) 3. c3 Ba5 4. Nxe5looks like a clear win to me. The only way black can try to win his pawn back is 4... Qe7 5. d4 d6, but then 6. Qa4+ wins the a5 bishop with the better position, since 6... Nc6 loses to 7. Nxc6. Actually, IMO 3... Bd6 is the objectively best move, since it isn't losing a pawn immediately (idea is to follow with c6 and Bd6-c7), however, it leaves black serously backward in development.
5 ( +1 | -1 ) tulkosyes, i would like this opening to be known by me.
A Book: DIE PORTRIGIESISCHE EROFFUNG 1 e4, e5 2 Bb5 By FM Ferreira and Sampaio with foreword by GM Spraggett
A Video: -Portuguese Opening, Foxy Openings: With IM Andrew Martin
Some sites: -THE CHESS KAMIKAZE: www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Hangar/5176/gambit/portu.htm -SAH MAT LISTA I SKOLA SAHA: www.sah.paracin.co.yu/portugalskigambit.htm -Unorthodox Chess Openings: www.chessworks.com/analysis/Openings/Unorthodox/UCOdraft/UNO_op.htm#Heading12 Tim Harding: archives.emazing.com/archives/chess/2001-03-15 Chess Megapage: www.550m.com/usuarios/chesstheory/show.asp?loc=portuguese.html