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Old July 31st 04, 06:03 PM
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Hi all, i wonder why the 1...e5 is not played often by top GMI vs 1.e4.
Any point of view?
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Old July 31st 04, 09:42 PM
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xtravaganza wrote:

Hi all, i wonder why the 1...e5 is not played often by top GMI vs 1.e4.
Any point of view?


It's actually played a tremendous amount. It's no worse than the second
most popular reply (after 1. ... c5).

Very few top GMs don't meet 1.e4 with 1. ... e5 at least occasionally.

-Ron
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Old August 4th 04, 12:01 PM
Alain Dekker
 
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I think you'll find that 1...c5 is played more than 1...e5 at all but
beginner level. I believe the reason is that after 1...e5, White can achieve
a safe, though small, advantage. With 1...c5, Black immediately unbalances
the game and a higher percentage of games will end in one side winning.

Generalising of course, I think its fair to say that a stronger player with
Black is more likely to beat a weaker White player with 1...c5 than with
1...e5, hence its popularity for ambitious players. I've often heard it
recommended (Capablanca himself gives this advice): When you're young, play
very aggressively. When you're older, you can play more quietly once you've
found gained enough experience to know what type of "style" suits you.

Anyway, thats a non-GMs perspective. I used to play 1...e5 when I was young,
and only later "discovered" the Sicilian. The Sicilian has been a god-send.

Regards,
Alain

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In article ,
xtravaganza wrote:

Hi all, i wonder why the 1...e5 is not played often by top GMI vs 1.e4.
Any point of view?


It's actually played a tremendous amount. It's no worse than the second
most popular reply (after 1. ... c5).

Very few top GMs don't meet 1.e4 with 1. ... e5 at least occasionally.

-Ron



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Old August 5th 04, 06:29 AM
Michael Melia
 
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Default 1...e5 vs 1.e4

c5 is played more than twice as many times by grandmasters in the last 10 years

e5 comes in a distant second amoung the grandmasters, followed by e6 and c6

Just thought these were some intersting facts. I got them from Chessbase MegaBase 2004.

Cheers!

Michael Melia
Mikes Chess Arsenal

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In article ,
xtravaganza wrote:

Hi all, i wonder why the 1...e5 is not played often by top GMI vs 1.e4.
Any point of view?


It's actually played a tremendous amount. It's no worse than the second
most popular reply (after 1. ... c5).

Very few top GMs don't meet 1.e4 with 1. ... e5 at least occasionally.

-Ron

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