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curiosity about opening names

@pn2206 I have some thoughts about the english opening. The first one, i hate to play against it. The second, i hate play it. It really confuses me, can't explain you. i've tried the symmetric, the ultra-symmetric, the e5... Now i'm ignoring it and play KID as long as i can. As i understand better the pawn structure, i get the upper hand more times. But i can't say if it is better or worst than classic d4/e4. d4 closes games (most of time), e4 opens games (most of time). English can transpose to so much openings that... i got lost somewhere. As black, I tend to lose the queens knight, or the queens tower, or at least a/b pawns... It is a mess in my head. In my club i had a gentleman that played d4 against everybody and with me... c4... and smile to me... after my move, any move... another big smile nc3.... my god, i'm almost seeing his face...

The London system is a love/hate feeling... It is really solid and good, and at the same time... it is awful! almost doesn't feel chess till middlegame... But i have played a couple times for fun and it is one of best systems if not the best one.

@pn2206 I like the London (the opening, the city's alright I guess, but it does have my favourite pub), but when I play it I often find myself wondering what to do next after I've set it up

@TGBM95 that's the problem, you develop beautifully and... what now? if you don't understand the why that moves... quickly you stay worst on game. against london i fianchetto the queens bishop. it gives great counter-play.

@pn2206 I found it: Portuguese Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Bb5 Nf6 3.d4

Comments go from very sharp! to it's madness, don't try...

What i ask is, if 2.Bb5 c6, what now? Knight can't go to c6 but i'm losing tempos with bishop... What to do next?

@fonsecasf I don't hate the English, but I rather play against e4 or d4, as playing it as white, I might play it more as white, and thanks for telling me your weakness because I might as well play it against you in our next game. As with the Portuguese gambit, that was not the one I was referring to, I was actually referring to 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4, and its super aggressive, though I suppose that is also a Portuguese gambit.

@pn2206 Ok, it wasn't very smart! ;) But i have an old new year wish that is survive and win against english opening, so... The good part is that i'm far better against the english in faster time controls than classical controls... OTB i... colapse frequently to english....

That line i thought it was scandinavian, never heard that existed a portuguese gambit there, but it is a bit crazy.... i never could play that, i don't know explore such an open game with so many pieces over the board....

One note of interest: there are actually two opening vars named after places in Pennsylvania. :)

Ah, Wilkes Barre and Cambridge Springs? Just guessing

cambridge springs was on my mind too... wilkes barre never heard about it....

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