I like popular chess openings, but sometimes I want to play lines that most people have not seen or do not know. After 1.d4 Nf6, the most popular moves are 2.c4 and 2.Nf3. My database has 26 different second moves played by White. Most are rather weak, but six lesser known alternatives are part of reasonable opening systems. Here they are in order of popularity: 2.Bg5, 2.Nc3, 2.f3, 2.e3, 2.g3 and 2.Bf4.
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Christian Bauer is a grandmaster who specializes in lesser played openings. Below is a Trompowsky Attack against Lev Gutman. With 2.Bg5 White threatens to take Black's knight and saddle his opponent with doubled pawns. Black in turn plays 2...Ne4 attacking White's bold bishop. One possible line after 3.Bf4 d5 mentioned in the note below leads to a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with the extra move Bf4. Gutman avoids that with 3...c5. Grandmaster Bauer outplays his opponent with a BDG type expansion 4.f3 and later e4.
Bauer (2625) - Gutman (2455), 10th Open Bad Zwesten GER (4), 04.01.2006 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 [3...d5 4.f3 Nf6 5.e4 dxe4 6.Nc3 exf3 7.Nxf3 is a BDG with an extra Bf4 move for White.] 4.f3 Nf6 5.dxc5 Qa5+ 6.Qd2 Qxc5 7.e4 e5 8.Be3 Qc7 9.Nc3 Bb4 10.Nge2 0-0 11.a3 Ba5 12.0-0-0 b5 13.b4 Bb6 14.Nxb5 Qc6 15.Nd6 Ba6 16.Nc3 Bxf1 17.Rhxf1 Bxe3 [17...Ne8 18.Nf5+-] 18.Qxe3 Qb6 19.Qxb6 axb6 20.Kb2 Nc6 21.Ncb5 Rfd8 22.Rd3 Rab8 23.c3 Nh5 24.g3 g6 25.a4 Kf8 26.Na3 Ke7 27.Nac4 f6 [If 27...Ng7 28.Rfd1+-] 28.f4 exf4 29.gxf4 Ng7 30.f5 Rf8 31.Rg1 g5 32.b5 Na5 33.Nxa5 bxa5 34.Rgd1 Rfd8 35.Nc4 Ra8 36.Nb6 Ra7 37.c4 1-0
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