Posted by Charles on December 17, 1997 at 19:05:57:
Blacks early Bxf3 is the right idea in terms of trading the weak
bishop for the strong knight, but I think it premature to exchange
without provocation. Wait until White gets really annoyed and plays
h3. Then you can take the knight and save a tempo.
After 1...Bxf3 2.Qxf3, Qd6 seems suspicious. Why can't White take on
Later on in the middle game, Ne2 was interesting. Another idea would
be to try for the e4 push. One way to prepare this would be to get
your king out of possible tactical harm by playing Kh1. After 1.Ne2 b6,
your king still has some worries, but I think you can play 2.e4 anyways
because now your (whites) d4 pawn is guarded. f5, instead, seems premature
because white's rooks aren't developed and white is giving up some of the
center control and trying for a kingside attack that looks suspicious.
To improve his position white should prepare or play e4, Kh1, Rae1, and then
Bc1 when everything is guarded and in place to begin a wild (and safe) domination.
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