Unusual Chess Openings
Although many players choose to opt for the most popular chess openings, others prefer to venture and choose less common variants. These unorthodox openings can not be seen much at the level of Grand Masters, but they are dangerous weapons for all levels of play, and can even give a club player a great advantage against an unprepared opponent!
01 The Sokolsky
While 1. b4 – known as the opening Sokolsky, Polish or even Orangutan – has never been an especially popular opening, it has many followers around the world. Of course, b4 does very little to influence the center, which violates the more classical opening principles. On the other hand, the movement of the pawn protects a space on the queen’s side, while it allows fianchettar the bishop to move to b2 and press the side of the black king.
02 Central game
After 1.e4 e5, traditionally White continues with. Nf3 (or less common, with .Bc4 or 2. Nc3). However, another possible option is 2.d4. Black normally moves 2 … exd4. After this, Blancas can enter the Central Game by capturing by 3. Although this movement leaves the queen in the center of the board and vulnerable to be attacked, there are lines that create a solid position for Blancas – if it is not Blanca she can expect to have great advantages
03 Danish Gang
Instead of the more solid center game, White has the option to play more aggressively with 3. c3, sacrificing a pawn. If Black captures with 3 … dxc3, White can respond with an immediate 4. Cxc3, or make a gunge for another pawn by playing 4. Ac4, allowing cxb2 followed by 5. Axc2! This hyper-aggressive opening used to be very popular, but it stopped being at the highest levels. However, many amateur players still like to play the Danish Gang, knowing that they can achieve a quick tactical advantage.
04 Bird Opening
While 1.f4 is not such a rare play, it is not one of the most popular. A handful of great teachers can take advantage of this opening at any time, attracted by an opening that goes out of the way and even has some theoretical guides.
05 Gambit Blackmar-Diemer
Blackmar-Diemer is a popular gambit option for 1. d4 players. After 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 and a fast f3, Blanca will take advantage of a quick development advantage, in exchange for a pawn. Blackmar-Diemer is a powerful weapon in the hands of a player who is familiar with its multiple lines and traps.
06 Latvian Gambit
Perhaps the most popular of all gambits for blacks is the Latvian Gambit, which has a long history of theoretical debate. Although the Latvian (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5) is currently considered unsafe by most of the authorities in this field, there is no doubt that it is an extremely difficult opening for opponents to face. They are not prepared.
07 Elephant Gambit
Similar to the Latvian Gambit, the Elephant attacks pawn e4 from the other direction on line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5. As much as the Latvian, the Elephant gambit allows the Black to create complications, even if they do not need too much compensation for their pawns in a theoretical sense.
08 The counter-ambassador Albin
One of the fiercest counterattacks in chess, the counter-ambassador Albin, usually leads to savage fights where both sides can launch attacks against the enemy king. After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4, the black has sacrificed a pawn in exchange for an advantage in the central space and the opportunity to achieve some quick victories if the white one is neglected.
09 Gambit Budapest
Another aggressive response for Black, the Gambit Budapest tactic arises after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5. In the most common line, 3.dxe5 Cg4, the game becomes a battle over the e5 pawn, although many other tactical and strategic opportunities are available for both players.
10 The Grob
The Grob – 1.gr – is the opposite of Sokolsky. However, while Sokolsky often leads to (unusual) solid positions, on the contrary the Grob is very dangerous on both sides. It may be for the Whites the beginning of a malicious attack on the king’s flank, but it also performs a severe weakening of the king’s flank right from the first movement. In fact, some players consider 1.g4 the worst possible move for the Whites, while others enjoy playing the move as a surprise weapon!