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doctor_knight 94 ( +1 | -1 )
nimzo-larsen attack I am embarking on a quest to learn the nimzo-larsen attack
1. b3

or

1. Nf3 ...
2. b3

I have looked into it and I definately like it. I am comfortable with this playing style and it looks like fun. I know it's not a really strong opening, but it looks fun. Since I do not know of any books that introduce the opening in a proper way, ei showing all the ideas and traps and key positions in a thorough, detailed way, I was wondering if anyone had any recomendations, tips, experiences, traps I should look out for, or even any good books.

(I do have a book called "Nimzo-Larsen Attack" that includes many annotated games. The annotation is extensive with the authors often covering a page with smallish print on variations and alternate lines and other game references just on one move. It seems for me to really get much out of this book though, I may need a more thorough knowledge of the opening and some more experience. I easily get lost in all the algebraic notation.)
karoyl 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Nimzovich-Larsen Attack I've never played this, and have only played against it in blitz, usually with success. If I remember correctly, one particularly famous game was played in this line, Larsen vs. Spassky, in which Spassky demolished Larsen in 17 moves. My only advice to you is to carefully study some illustrative games (see, -> www.chessgames.com, and keep an eye out for transposition possibilities.
karoyl 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Correction Sorry, the URL in my post above got mangled, it should be:

-> www.chessgames.com
ganstaman 64 ( +1 | -1 )
One of my favorite openings. Larsen is an absolute genious with it -- just check out his record (+34 -6 =6 according to cg.com -- -> www.chessgames.com )

My only loss here so far (not for long :( ...) was with this opening, though. My mistakes included letting black get and keep a pawn on e4, cramping me too much.

I may share more soon, as I don't have much time now. I'm just happy that other people recognize how strong and aggressive this little move really is.
daverundle 71 ( +1 | -1 )
I have not played this opening for many many years and when i did i had mixed results, Raymond Keene did write a good book regarding this opening for Batsford titled (oddly) the Nimzowitsch/Larson Attack not sure if it is still available might be worth checking!

I know many people rubbished the opening but it is hard to argue against it when a player of Larson's ability played it although i am sure there are those who would argue he could have been a stronger player had he not had a bent for the more unusual openings (i do apologise for the deliberate play on words it was to hard to resist!!!).

Anyway good luck with it i shall keep an eye and see how you do with it!!
doctor_knight 98 ( +1 | -1 )
One reason I think it would be good for me right now is that at the level that I play, it is an unusual opening that may through off some opponents (I have played a game or two when the opponent was too aggressive and spent his energy too early). In correspondence though even players at my level may just respond with solid developing moves. I like playing OTB a lot and since I'm a college student I can only spend time on one opening. I would like to eventually learn a more aggressive opening for white in case I need it, but I'm not sure. I used to play the colle, but I didn't really like the kind of positions that came from it. I suppose I like more strategical games with the tension in the center gone and the fighting around the wings.

those who have played it before, do you have any specific advice about certain manuevers by black that I should look out for? Maybe I just need to study more games.

ionadowman 72 ( +1 | -1 )
doctor_knight... ... you mention you have a book with lots of games in them. You might consider just transcribing the games (without the notes) in a format you are comfortable with, with a view to playing through the games fairly quickly to see how the games shape. You can get a pretty good picture of the pawn structures and where the pieces go this way, without going into too much detail.
Then you will probably find that more detailed examinations of the annotations will be a deal more meaningful, picking up the tactical finesses of the opening. You probably have enough - however slender seeming your available resources - to become quite knowledgable about this line.
Cheers,
Ion
doctor_knight 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Thank you.

Yes the book has tons of info. Quite a bit daunting to me. I have put one game into chessmaster and did my own analysis on it. I think that helped a lot. I'll have to start doing a lot more though as there are many themes that can take place. The authors actually recommend six games to play through to get a handle on the opening. I'll get going as soon as I've studied enough for Cal2 (which may be a while).

Also if anyone who has played it or has played against it and knows a decent amount about it wants to, I am open to playing unrated practice games where we can discuss the opening (and the kinds of positions that come and stuff)