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In tournaments I often encounter players with pet systems like 1 e4 e6 2 Nf3 d5 3 e5 c5 4 b4!? or even 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Be3?! dxe4 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 f3. This second idea was played by one of my pupils, Chris Ross, in a European Junior tournament. He won in about 17 moves, though his trainer banned him from ever playing it again! Maybe I was too harsh? After all, Blackmar-Diemer fanatics are happy to begin their games 1 d4 d5 2 e4 dxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 f3; in the French Defence version we have the extra moves Be3 by White and e6 by Black. Maybe this favours White? Though in any case I would regard it only as an improved version of a dubious opening...
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