Destroy ’em with the Dunst

There had been requests for the Sicilian Dragon, but as this is a family site I felt that cult followings should be kept at a distance. Instead we have the Dunst Opening (1.Nc3) which was named after the New York master, Theodore Alexander Dunst.

1.Nc3 is actually a pretty good first move that can transpose into a Veresov after 1…d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5! or a Vienna after 1…e5 2.e4. Dunst players may be more likely to meet 1…d5 with 2.e4 and 1…e5 with 2.Nf3, giving the game an original turn. This in fact is what happened in the following game which saw a rapid win for White.

A number of top players have been using the Dunst in blitz, most notably Magnus Carlsen and Dimitri Andreikin. Going further down the rating list you can find a number of GMs trying it in normal tournament games, like Ian Rogers in this one:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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