Opening: The Rush

The Rush is a good way to open with relatively safe aggression. It forces your opponent into an unwanted position. Their movement options are limited, and if they put a wall in the wrong place, it can be easily countered by movement or another wall placement. Lets look at how to perform it, its application and some counters to it.

How to Perform It

1. e8   e2

2. e7   e3

3. e6   e4

4. d5v

If done correctly, the game board should look like this:


This can give you some control over the board and can let you somewhat control where the opponent is going to go.Some of these rely on rotations to stall them, meaning that it will consist of this:


This puts your opponent in a difficult position because both sides can be closed very easily, meaning that they must commit to either side and go back around the board. As they commit to one side, you can set a trap by blocking a little early to ensure yourself a path to the other side of the board with the least resistance. If done correctly, it may look similar to this scenario:



This opening is relatively new, so not many safe counters have not been found yet.

All in all, this way to open can easily be one of the best ways to aggressively play defensively.

16 thoughts on “Opening: The Rush

      • I don’t understand how it isn’t threatening. It forces you opponent into circling the board, and you get to freely move up to the 5 rank without fear of threat because whatever they throw at you they will have to suffer as well, therefore giving you the space advantage and the lead in the vertical race.


  1. Can you guys please explain which notation you are using for reading the board? I am using the notation listed on this website and am confused by the proposed placement listed above. Thanks!


  2. Nevermind, i figured it out…Also, i tend to agree with Francois. If i were in the defensive position on this one i would likely play c6h after e6h. This would leave me with only one move to close off the horizontal gap and keep the attacker from sending me in a loop. True that this does give the attacker an advantage in that he can play some vertical moves that will hinder me but then a new game is created because we are both restricted to the right side of the board. I am fascinated by this opening though and will try it out soon.


  3. Another interesting response would be to play d6h instead of e6h. This allows you to close off the right side of the board in two moves and if your opponent continues to try to funnel you to the right he has effectively given you a more straight line to the goal. He will be forced to adapt his strategy.


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