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  1.  Horde Chess
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Does anyone have a Horde chess opening book?

I don't, but I'm interested to see one as well. I'm not good enough with Horde yet to count on knowing which opening is best; I just play by lottery.

From all of white's first moves, only a5, d5, e5, h5 can be considered since b6, c6, f6, g6 lose a pawn forcedly without compensation.

1 b6 axb6 2 cxb6 cxb6 and White loses a pawn + Black opens his Rook file
1 c6 bxc6 2 bxc6 dxc6 and White loses a pawn + Black opens his Queen file and Bishop
1 f6 gxf6 2 gxf6 exf6 and White loses a pawn + Black opens his Bishop
1 g6 hxg6 fxg6 fxg6 and White loses a pawn + Black opens his Rook file

1 a5 c6:
2 b6 (2 bxc6? dxc6 and now Queen file is open and B pawn cannot move because a5 hangs) and now:

2... axb6 3 axb6 (better than 3 cxb6 because a5 and b4 cannot move) d6 (intends to undermine b6, as White plan is to play a4, b5 and if black plays cxb5 axb5 followed by a4 and a3 opening the position favorably for White since his backward pawns up) 4 a4 dxc5 5 dxc5 e6 (creating Bishop sacrifice threats on c5 after Nd7 or Na6) 6 d4 exf5 7 gxf5 and Black's game is not bad

2... a6!? (renders black space issues but leads to a nice position) 3 d5 (intending to go e5 and d6 locking Black's position) d6 4 d4 (4 e5 fails to cxd5 5 exd6 {5 cxd5 blunders a pawn to dxe5 6 fxe5 Qxd5} dxc4 6 dxe7 Bxe7 7 bxc4 and White still has problems with b5 + Black has opened d and e files favorably) dxc5 5 bxc5 e6 6 fxe6 fxe6 7 dxe6 Bxe6 8 f5 Bf7 (8... Bc8 could also work, but the Bishop might be better placed on f7) 9 d3 Nd7 10 b4 and Black has space issues, but could go g6 to free himself

Variants need an analysis board..

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