The Fred (1.e4 f5 2.exf5 Kf7??)
A little break from development, I have something to share from my love of chess. :-)
Many years ago, a friend of mine at our local chess club discovered The Fred in a book. I’m not sure what book, but suffice to say it probably wasn’t the MCO! It’s the most ridiculous defense I’ve ever seen given a moniker. I recall trying to explain it to my girlfriend and I couldn’t stop laughing — she’d just give me an odd look.
For many weeks thereafter, just for fun, we’d play it against each other in hopes of a victory that would be one for the ages. (And we were bored.)
Tonight, out of the blue, I decided to play this line again on Lichess. Whomever I was playing must have had feelings of annoyance when they saw it. That they were playing a young child perhaps. I actually hadn’t considered playing this over the Internet before, and I think you lose something in translation not being able to look in your opponent’s eyes and try to keep a straight face. :-) However, there was an amazing amount of satisfaction in taking this line into a very strategic, locked, defensive battle which would eventually break him/her. I wish I could talk with my opponent, who seemed like a good chess player, and ask them their feelings after confronting this defense and, ultimately, losing to it.
Tonight, I share with my chess fans, victory with The Fred defense!