Before the BDG, I played the BAD: Bird, Alekhine, and Dutch. This cluster of chess opening systems has similarities in how to begin chess games. But they invite danger because they give your opponent first crack at the center and they slightly weaken your own kingside. Why do I ever play such BAD openings? Because I win with them.
All six of my early lichess games as Black began with the Alekhine Defence. I won five and blew (drew) one. Players rated in the 1700s can turn equal middlegames into lost endgames. I've seen it 1000 times in my career. It happens below on move 36.
fluxion (1747) - Sawyer, Rated Blitz game lichess, 25.10.2017 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Ne4 [3...d4 may be best, but 3...Ne4 works well for me in blitz.] 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 Qd4 6.Qe2 Qxe5 7.d3 Nc6 [I almost played 7...Bf5=] 8.Qxe4 Qxe4+ 9.dxe4 e5 [9...Nd4 10.Bd3 e5=] 10.c3 [10.Ne2 Bc5 led to the drawn blitz game Akhenaten - jimmy-schlumpf, ICC 2004.] 10...Bc5 11.Nf3 f6 12.a4 Bg4 13.b4 Be7 14.h3 Bh5 15.g4 Bf7 16.Bd5 Nd8 17.b5 Bxd5 [Here 17...c6 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Be3 Ne6= is too easy for White.] 18.exd5 Bc5 19.Be3 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Nf7 21.Ke2 Nd6 22.Nd2 Ke7 23.c4 b6 24.a5 Nb7 25.Nb3 Rhd8 26.axb6 axb6 27.Kd3 Kd6 28.Ke4 Nc5+ 29.Nxc5 Kxc5 30.Kd3 Ra5 31.Rxa5 bxa5 32.Kc3 a4 33.Ra1 Ra8 34.Ra2 g6
London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
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