Attacking Repertoire for Black
Some of the Black lines considered for an attacking opening repertoire include the semi-open defences against King pawn and Queen pawn lines. The open positions tend to be somewhat too equal and often passive for an attacking player.
Main Lines against e4
Black lines against e4 under consideration for an attacking repertoire:
- Center Counter with Qd6
- Sicilian Nadjorf Defence (5..a6)
- Sicilian Nadjorf Poison Pawn (Qb6 and Qxb2)
- Sicilian Dragon Defence (5..g6)
- Sicilian Pelikan Defence (5..e5)
Surprise Lines for Black against e4
Odd sidelines to consider for surprise value against “1.e4”:
- Center Counter with Nf6 and Bg4 gambit lines (Portuguese Variation of Center Counter; Icelandic Gambit)
- Center Counter c6 gambits (but White can decline into a Panov-Botvinnik attack with “d4”)
- Center Counter e6 gambits (e.g. Icelandic Gambit)
- Sicilian Defence Nimzowich variation (early Nf6 move)
- Franco-Benoni: e4 e6 d4 c5!? Line (although probably becomes like an Advance French after White plays c3 and e5, or else an Old Benoni, or a normal Benoni with aggressive lines like the Mikenas Benoni)
- Franco-Indian. (1.e4 e6, 2.d4 Bb4+!?)
- Balogh’s Defence (really?)
- Sicilian Counter-Attack (e6 and Bb4 Sicilian). Not regarded as good for Black if White knows the theory.
Attacking Queen Pawn Lines for Black (d4 d5)
Attacking lines for Black in the “d4 d5 openings” include:
Indian Defence Main Lines for Black
Black lines against 1.d4, using 1…Nf6 and excluding all “d4 d5” lines:
- King’s Indian Defence
- Nimzo-Indian Defence
- Queen’s Indian
- East Indian Defence
- Benko Gambit
- Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit (if White avoids Benko using Nf3?)
- Budapest Gambit (perhaps somewhat dubious against strong players)
Other White Lines Needing a Black Repertoire
There are various lines in the White “d4” openings where White doesn’t play “2.c4”, which require a response in the Black repertoire.
- Trompowski / Hodgson Attack
- Bg5 Attack
- Torre Attack
- Veresov Attack
- Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
- Catalan System
- Colle System
Unusual and Surprise Black Lines against d4
Odd sidelines or anti-theory lines against “1.d4” include:
- Dutch Defence (1..f5). A good attacking opening for Black, surprisingly rarely played.
- Old Benoni (Early c5 Benoni): 1. d4 c5 (Old Benoni; Schmid Benoni)
- Old Benoni, sideline with c5, b5 and Qb6 (similar to a Polish)
- Blumenfeld Gambit: sideline with exd5, b5!? and Qb6!? (Or Qa5!? is another sideline too.) (Also like a Polish.)
- Czech Benoni (Black plays both c5 and e5)
- Englund gambit (1..e5)
- Budapest gambit (1..Nf6 and 2..e5)
- Polish Defence (…b5)
- Albin Counter Gambit
- Old Indian (1.d4 Nf6, 2.c4 d6), with Bg5 in some lines.
Black against Other Major Openings
Black lines against other sound but unpopular White openings:
- English (1.c4): Black plays d6, e5 and f5 plan (like the Dutch Defence becomes a “Reverse Grand Prix Attack”). Or Black can more generally play a “Reverse Sicilian” (other types). See: Anti-English.
- Reti opening (1.Nf3): d6, e5, and f5 plan too (Dutch Defence; Reverse Grand Prix Attack). Though after “1.Nf3 d6, 2.d4!” then White has blocked that Black opening plan and forced Black into an Old Indian Defence (Black may then play Bg4!?). See: Anti-Reti.
- King’s Indian Attack. See Anti-King’s Indian Attack.
- Larsen Opening (b3 Opening) (1.b3): See Anti-b3 opening.
- Modern Attack (g3 opening) (1.g3): See Anti-g3 opening.
- Bird’s Opening (1.f4): See Anti-Bird’s Opening.
Black against Other Unusual or Flank Openings
Black needs a defence against unusual White openings, such as:
- Grob’s Defence (1.g4). See: Anti-Grob.
- Orangutan Opening (1.b4) See Anti-Orangutan.
- Nc3 opening (Dunst Opening) (1.Nc3)
Black against very odd lines for White that are very rare:
- Anderssen’s Opening (1.a3)
- h3 opening (Clemenz Opening) (1.h3)
- Bayonet Attack (1.h4)
- a4 opening (Ware Opening) (1.a4)
- Nh3 opening (Amar Opening) (1.Nh3)
- Na3 opening (Durkin Opening) (1.Na3)
- e3 opening (1.e3)
- Mieses Opening (d3 opening) (1.d3). Perhaps it’s a King’s Indian Attack.
- f3 opening (Barnes Opening) (1.f3)
- c3 opening (Saragossa Opening) (1.c3)
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