Friday, June 9, 2017
Isn't it time to switch up your response to 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4?
It's June and that means it's time to change up Black's response to 1. d4. If you are a 1...Nf6 player think about your choice after 2. c4. Have you been playing 2...g6 or 2...e6? Then switch to the other. (If you've been playing something other than those two moves simply choose one of them for the next several months).
If you are switching over to 2...g6 (an excellent move) then you have to decide to respond to 3. Nc3 with either the Kings Indian (3...Bg7) or the Grunfeld Defense (3...d5). For people who have been playing 2...g6 right alone just switch to either the KID or Grunfeld, the one you haven't been playing.
Stick with your new opening through the end of the year. If you already have a well-defined system for handling 1. d4 switching it up for six months or so will give your system much more flexibility.
I'll keep you posted how I'm doing with this.