lichess.org

Who is the worst player to have an opening named after them?

I was going to say Grob's Opening is the worst one I've seen played against me, except I had the opening mixed up. Grob's Opening is g4. The opening that I've seen a couple times, and I thought looked pretty bad, was g3. G3 is probably nameless though, and I don't even remember if I won those games anyway.

Maybe it's a good opening that just looks bad.

I play birds opening regularly and I've had some success with it.

#21 I've seen 1. g3 in GM games. It's passive but I don't think it's bad. Idea is developing bishop to g2. This can lead to both KIA and Catalan by reversing of move order.

If your students are lichess players you could teach them the dracula frankenstein openings so they have an edge in the upcoming halloween tournament here.

@LDog11 #21
1.g2g3 has been played by top GMs in the past.
It is usually called Benko opening, named after GM Pal Benko.
You can look at it as a reversed Modern defense. A fine choice for white.

Achja, I've heard of the Benko Opening but didn't know what it was. Sure, won't forget now, thanks.

There are a few openings named after non-players of chess, such as 1. h4 (Reagan's Attack, though that's not the most common name) and 1. e4 a6 (St George Defence).

But as for people who are known to have played chess and not been good at it? So far I'm going with the Napoleon opening (1. e4 e5 2. Qf3). Emperor Napoleon definitely played chess but was not very good, and he allegedly played his namesake opening in a game he lost against the Turk chess 'machine'.

If Mikhail Kalashnikov (the rifle inventor) ever played chess, and being a Soviet Russian he probably did, then the Sicilian variation named after him might qualify.

This topic has been archived and can no longer be replied to.

Reconnecting