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Santasiere's Folly: 1.Nf3 followed by b4 in 60 Minutes

Many chess players have a desire to avoid theory, preferring to try to outplay the opponent from a sound, but uncommon opening position. 1 b4 might be the start of one such adventure, but after that 1...e5! is regarded as strong. So how about playing 1 Nf3 first, to be followed by 2 b4 if Black allows? White gains space on the queenside, forces the opponent to use their own resources right from the start of the game and creates a complicated position. We are going to see that this opening, used at the right moment, can cause confusion in the enemy camp. A very early b2-b4 by White is often regarded as rather loose, enabling Black to equalise easily. White pioneers need not worry about this type of assessment, because a position is going to be reached where they can play for the win, avoiding theory and thereby saving energy for the game. Reuben Fine dubbed this opening, Santasiere's Folly. He did not think much of it. Let us examine the evidence and see if he was right...


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  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.Nf3 followed by b4
  • Game 1: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 e6 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.a3 c5
  • Game 2: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0
  • Game 3: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 e6 3.a3 b6 4.Bb2 Bb7 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7
  • Game 4: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 Nf6 3.Bb2 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.d4 0-0
  • Game 5: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.e3 0-0 5.d4 d6 6.Be2 Nbd7
  • Game 6: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 e6 3.Bb2 g6 4.c4 0-0 5.e3 b6 6.Be2 c5
  • Game 7: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 e6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.e3 d5 5.c4 c6 6.Be2 0-0
  • Game 8: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 e6 3.a3 d5 4.e3 c5 5.bxc5 Bxc5 6.d4 Bd6
  • Game 9: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 e6 3.a3 d5 4.bxc5 Bxc5 5.c4 Qa5 6.e3 Nc6
  • Game 10: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 Bf5 3.Bb2 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.a3 a5 6.b5 c6
  • Game 11: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 Nf6 3.Bb2 e6 4.b5 Bd6 5.e3 0-0 6.c4 c6
  • Game 12: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 Nf6 3.Bb2 b6 4.e3 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.d4 0-0
  • Game 13: 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 Qd6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 Qxb4 5.Na3 Bf5 6.Nxc4 Qc5
  • Outro

Otras aperturas de flanco

Además de las dos jugadas principales 1.e4 y 1.d4, también se juegan 1.c4 y 1.Cf3, que se consideran formas muy sólidas y respetables de comenzar la partida. No obstante, las blancas también pueden permitirse arrancar con 1.b3, 1.g3 o incluso 1.f4 o 1.b4.

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