Thursday, May 11, 2006

 

Enter the Panther

Michael Goeller has done a nice series on this uncommon opening. I have always been keen on solid alternatives to familiar openings, especially if it has some shock value to the unwary. This line can lead to cramped positions for Black who must seek the right counterattack in the middlegame, so it's not for everyone. It reminds me of the KID.
http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/kenilworthian/2006/02/panther-part-one.html

http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/kenilworthian/2006/02/panther-part-two.html

http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/kenilworthian/2006/03/panther-part-three.html

Note that after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 d6 4. Nf3 e5 White does have the choice to head towards a drawish position with 5. dxe5 Nxe5 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. Bg5. Definitely something one would want to be aware of.

I recommend Joel Benjamin's series before considering the Panther, as he covers White's choices of lines that lead to related lines.
http://www.jeremysilman.com/chess_opng_shrtcts/01_black_knights_tango.html
others here:http://www.jeremysilman.com/chess_opng_shrtcts/archive.html

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Here's a 2/12 win I had with Black starting with it, although I headed towards a KID. I don't think my opponent had ever seen this line... mission accomplished :-).

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 d6 4. e3 e5 5. d5 Ne7 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Nh5 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Nxg3 13. fxg3 f5 14. Qd2 f4 15. Ne2 Ng6 16. Qe1 Bg4 17. h3 Bxf3 18. Rxf3 c6 19. g4 Nh4 20. Rf2 Qb6 21.Kh2 f3 22. gxf3 Nxf3+ 23. Rxf3 Rxf3 24. Qd2 Qf2+ 25. Kh1 Rxh3# 0-1
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TCT is going along fine, and I am doing 40 problems in 40 minutes 5 or 6 days a week.
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TCT Results

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