The Potato(Ward's Folly)


Today I started to play this interesting opening again,in hopes to write a small book about it.

 1.Nf3 d5

 2.a4 .....





I have been playing this opening on and off for about 11 years,favoring white in over 80% of my games.There are also a lot of transitions with Ward's Folly.Well thats is what I remember,I am searching through my game notes right as I write.

I call this Ward's Folly cause as far as I know I am the only chess player to play this opening seriously in tournaments and casual play.

The future will see how my new project goes.



  • 5 years ago


    I played two games with that in the early 1990s, drawing GM Schwartzman and beating a 2300, and I actually coined the name "potato" for this opening at that time.  I have to say it was a great surprise to see that name has lingered and even become an accepted standard for 1. Nf3 d5 2. a4!!.  Both games, my opponents avoided 2. ... c5 3. e4! +- in favor of 2. ... Nf6.  As we learned in kindergarten, having said "a", we must say "b" - therefore 3. b4! is forced.  I'm perfectly happy to see the name Ward's Folly, as well, to recognize an active practitioner of this great opening.

  • 9 years ago


    Very cool! Could I do some analysis?
  • 9 years ago


    The premature queenside move can easly fit in to a number of effective plans.It is a very hyper-mordern move that can transpose in to many openings

     For me I play many openings,so I see what my opponent does and I transpose in to what I feel comfortable with.Kind of like Barzca's opening.

    Yet if black plays an Indian it gets a whole persona of its own.

  • 9 years ago


    It looks ...interesting, to say the least. What is white's plan after a4?
  • 9 years ago


    I will study the opening.Maybe we can help eadh other to popularize it.
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