Thursday, June 01, 2006

Janowski's Brother Indian


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5!?

Reading Asa Hoffmann's excellent game collection, Chess Gladiator, I came across the interesting line 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3!? Bf5!? I'm not sure whether this line has a name, but it reminds me of the so-called Janowski Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5!?), which I wrote about back in November 2005 in a piece titled Tal's Janowski-Indian Games. Perhaps we can call it Janowski's Brother?

As you know, I like to play The Panther from time to time (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 e5), but lately I've been plagued by opponents seeking transposition to the Pirc with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3. So you can see the appeal to me of having this interesting new option.

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