19 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess openings with suprises for fast gamesDoes anyone know any good openings that contain suprises which are good to play in Blitz games and slightly slower games about 30 mins each?
48 ( +1 | -1 ) This may almost be too broad a question. White or black pieces (or both)? If the black pieces, then vs 1. e4, 1. d4, or something else?
By surprise, do you mean just traps, or something offbeat? How concerned are you with theoretical soundness vs practical soundness?
Sounds like overall you want to bring about some highly tactical struggle? Or more like "Surprise! I've moved us to an endgame after only 12 moves and I have the better position. Haha, nananana poo poo."
103 ( +1 | -1 ) My favsinclude the Goring or Scotch gambits via 2.d4 ... having lots of traps plus being simply hard to play against (impossible to if BL knows nothing of the theory). Also the Bishops opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 is trappy and the Albin-Counter Gambit hard to play against. A tempo misplayed in any of these can send the other player to the showers fast. The Dragon is also an excellent Blitz opening. In the last 3 year, no one has correctly replayed Karpov-Korchnoi against it ... which is critical to know to play the Yugoslav attack, which is the Dragonbane of more considered chess. The Polugaevsky Najdorf also plays well in blitz. Or the Almost-4-Knights Sicilian going 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4?! when now most people who don't blunder the handling outright will play Bd3. But the only worrisome line for BL is 6.Qg4 ! which results in a highly tactical struggle where WT has a nifty exchange sac line to enter which he will often win ... There's a few ideas. That's all stuff that I play in blitz anyway, and its all done very well for me.
71 ( +1 | -1 ) It can depend on what risks......you are prepared to take. Consider the Damiano Defence from Black's point of view: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6? 3.Nxe5 ... Now if 3...fxe5, White gets a roaring attack with 4.Qh5ch Ke7 (the alternative loses a whole rook) 5.Qxe5ch Kf7 6.Bc4ch d5 7.Bxd5ch Kg6 8.h4 h5 9.Bxb7 (Bxb7 10.Qf5ch Kh6 11.d3ch g5 12.Bxg5ch etc. Very well. The knowledgeable Black plays 3...Qe2; whereupon the White with "a little learning" (a dangerous thing as we all know) charges in: 4.Qh5ch g6 5.Nxg6 Qxe4ch! and Black wins the knight. The risk is, of course, that White knows what he is about and responds to 3...Qe2 with 4.Nf3 Qxe4ch 5.Be2 gaining a sizeable lead in development. Even then, there is a chance White will overestimate his chances... ;-)