The Reti Opening 1.Nf3 allows White to control e5. White rarely needs to concern himself with Black's e-pawn. With the reply 1…Nc6 White must sit up and take notice due to the threat of 2…e5. White may allow this or stop it with 2.d4. This opening 1.Nf3 Nc6 may look like a mere transpositional device. Often it is just that. Players might continue with moves like 2.e4 e5 3.Bb5 to reach the Ruy Lopez.
Queen Knight Defence players as Black like Christoph Scheerer (formerly Wisnewski) develop 1…Nc6 systems that avoid most if not all of the most popular openings. White was GM Michal Krasenkow. The grandmaster is known for the King’s Indian Defence line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 with the idea to continue 6…e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5.
Against Christoph Scheerer, the Polish grandmaster transposes to a Queen Pawn Game after 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5. The difference is that White is careful to avoid main lines when he played 5.c3. After 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.g3 White is strong on the central dark squares but not on the light squares. Christoph Scheerer quickly develops his bishops with 3…Bg4 4.Bg2 e6 5.c3 Bd6.
Krasenkow (2676) - Scheerer (2392), Bundesliga 0405 Germany (9.3), 30.01.2005 begins 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.g3 Bg4 4.Bg2 e6 5.c3 [5.0-0 Nf6 6.c4 Bd6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.cxd5 Nxd5=] 5...Bd6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Qb3 Rb8 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.e4 Bxf3 [11...dxe4 12.Nxe4=] 12.Bxf3 dxe4 13.Bxe4 e5 14.d5 Ne7 15.c4 [15.Rad1!?=] 15...b6 16.Bc2 Nc8? [16...Nf5!=] 17.Rae1 [Or 17.Rfe1+/- ] 17...a5 18.Ne4 Qe7 19.f4 exf4 20.Qd3 f5 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.Rxf4 Qc5+ 23.Kg2 Nd6 24.g4!? [24.h4=] 24...b5!? [24...Rbe8=] 25.cxb5 [25.b3=] 25...Rxb5 26.gxf5 Rxb2 27.Re2 Re8 28.Rxe8+ Nxe8 29.Rc4 Qe7 30.a4 Qg5+ [30...Nf6=/+] 31.Kh3 [31.Kh1=] 31...Nf6 [31...Nd6-/+] 32.Qf3 Qd2 [32...Kh8 33.Qe2 Rb8-/+] 33.Qc3 Qc1 34.Rxc7 Qf1+ 0-1
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