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Chess Openings

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Chess Openings

Hey there, my name is Nick and I'm glad to say I'm NOT a chess fanatic like some people on this website. Don't get me wrong, I love to play chess. Sometimes I do get frustrated being just a beginner and all but I still love to play every once in a while. The one thing that REALLY bugs me is the opening. I just can't find one that works! I've looked over hundreds of openings but they never work for me! I need a good opening that works with the rest of my game. Is there a simple opening that 's easy and also flexible? I'm pretty new to this website and I could really use some help with this.

Comments: 8    

1. Alekhine90 says: Friday, March 06, 2009
kings indian attack. you should look it up. its more of a postion than an opening but it is very solid and respectable. even fischer and evans have used it

2. C Surya S says: Sunday, March 08, 2009
I am a beginner, too; just like you. But maybe I can share my friend's lecture when I asked him your question. My friend's ID is 'chessmasteryboy' and I think his level is almost kind of professionals since he had formal education in chess. He told me that for a beginner, better you train first with Black because Black has more few openings than White. He gave me 2 principles: 1. When White opens 1.e4, as a beginner you would want to follow him/her with 1...e5 or if you are a patient person, with 1...e6. The variations afterwards depend on White's 2nd move. You can train your Four Knight, French, or Spain with Black against e4. 2. When White opens 1.d4 or anything else than e4, you would want to use the "freaky armored defense" King's Indian with 1...Nf6. Aim for counterattacks when White has spoiled all his/her resources to attack on your kingside. 3. If you want, you can study the depth of Sicillian; that is the most popular Defense against e4 but has many variations too. Make sure you don't get punished by White because you simply don't know what the next move is. Then, once you are pretty confident about your "thinking guidelines", you then can proceed to White's repertoire. My friend taught me to use Spain or Italy. But along with Black's responses, I will change it to simple e4-Nf3-Nc3 or e4-Nf3-d3-Nd2 etc. I hope I could help you more, but then maybe should you just contact my friend (chessmasteryboy), you will get more from him.

3. FernandoCarlos says: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
There are an endless number of possible variations in chess, even after just a few moves have been played. That said, some chess openings are time-tested and popular. Recognizing and understanding the basics of these openings will increase your confidence in the opening phase of the game. Ruy Lopez: The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Game) is named after the Spanish priest who analyzed this opening in 1561. Nearly half a millennium later, the Ruy is now one of the most popular chess openings at all levels. Numerous variations have been deeply studied, and a wide variety of strategic plans are available to both White and Black. The starting position of the Ruy Lopez is reached after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5. Popular lines in the Ruy Lopez include - but are certainly not limited to - the Morphy Defense, the Steinitz Defense, and the Berlin Defense. Each of these and several other popular variations leads to numerous sub-variations. Italian Game: First developed in the 1600s and perhaps the oldest of chess openings, the Italian Game is reached by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4. It remained quite popular through the 19th century, but today has been supplanted by the Ruy Lopez as White's favorite choice on the third move. Bc4 eyes Black's potentially weak f7 pawn, but improved defensive technique has shown this to be less dangerous to Black than Bb5. Still, the Italian Game often leads to aggressive, open positions which can be fun to play. This opening is still seen at all levels - and is quite popular among club players. Popular variations in the Italian Game include the Giuoco Piano, the Two Knights Defense and the Hungarian Defense. Sicilian Defense: The Sicilian Defense (1. e4 c5) is currently Black's most popular response to e4, especially at the highest levels of chess. By playing c5, Black immediately fights for the center and attacks d4, but avoids the symmetry of e5. The Sicilian Defense typically leads to a complex and dangerous struggle where both sides can play for a win. There are many distinct variations in the Sicilian Defense, each of which lead to different types of positions; some of the most popular include the Closed Sicilian, the Classical Sicilian, the Dragon Variation and the Najdorf Variation. French Defense: The French Defense (1. e4 e6) concedes central space to White and limits the scope of his king's bishop, but prevents tactics against f7 while allowing Black to have activity on the queenside and counterplay in the center. After the most typical line of 2. d4 d5, White's e-pawn is immediately pressured, and White must decide how to deal with this - leading to several popular variations. Some of the most common include the Exchange Variation, the Advance Variation, the Tarrasch Variation, the Winawer Variation and the Classical Variation. Caro-Kann Defense: Like the French, the Caro-Kann Defense (1. e4 c6) prepares d5 on Black's second move to challenge White's e4 pawn. The Caro-Kann is extremely solid, but not as dynamic as many of Black's other defenses against e4. Compared to the French, Black has avoided blocking his king's bishop, but will require a second move to play c5 - a source of counterplay in both defenses. Popular variations in the Caro-Kann include the Classical Variation, the Advance Variation, the Exchange Variation and the Panov-Botvinnik Attack. Pirc Defense: Originally seen as an inferior opening, the Pirc Defense (1. e4 d6) is today known as a solid choice. Black allows White to build an imposing center, then attempts to turn that center into a target for attack. Some common variations in the Pirc Defense include the Classical System and the Austrian Attack. Queen's Gambit: White players who prefer a quieter, more positional game tend to prefer 1. d4 to 1. e4, after which the c4 break is the best way to play for an advantage (either on the second move or soon after). The Queen's Gambit, marked by the moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4, is one of the oldest known chess openings. This classical approach "offers" a pawn (in reality, Black cannot expect to hold onto the pawn if he chooses to capture it) in exchange for a stronger center. Black has several options, including the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined, and the Slav Defense. Indian Defenses: After 1. d4, Black is not obligated to play d5 in response. Today, the most popular response to d4 is Nf6, which leads to a collection of openings known as the Indian Defenses. These openings, while less solid than the classical d5, offer more immediate opportunities for counterplay. There are many popular lines arising after Nf6, including the King's Indian Defense, the Nimzo-Indian Defense, the Queen's Indian Defense and the Grünfeld Defense. English Opening: The English Opening is a flexible choice for White. The English often transposes into openings normally seen after 1. d4, either exactly or with slight variations due to move order. It is also possible to enter a "reversed" Sicilian Defense if Black responds with e5, where White is playing the Sicilian with an extra tempo. One well-known setup that can arise from the English Opening is the Hedgehog Defense. Réti Opening: The Réti Opening (1. Nf3) is named after the great chess master Richard Réti. Like 1. d4 and 1. c4, the Réti also generally leads to closed positions, and all three moves can transpose into similar setups. One possible formation for White is the King's Indian Attack.

4. RiverTam says: Saturday, March 14, 2009
I like to learn a few openings and learn them well. As white I like the English (1.c4) because it avoids the Sicillian which is so heavily analyzed and because it gives you a few solid positions to work from.

5. dragon2000 says: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I think for a beginner a good chess opening is The Italian Defense its vert flexible and you can always make your own moves which lead to a good position. The good thing about this poening is that your pieces are well develept and are ready to atake at any time but I warn you don't get to much in to the atake because your king will be without any defense and you might get into big trouble. P.S. This was my first opening too and I read the whole book about it.

6. Beebs says: Friday, April 17, 2009
FORGET LEARNING AN OPENING... Read a good book on making solid moves, and spend the rest of your time studying tactics....Here's why. as a beginner most opponents will know a specific opening better than you. If you play moves that are not officially a standard opening it can really mess with players who know opening moves but not why you do them. If you survive to move 10 with a castled king and a solid position, and you are better at tactics than your opponent, you will win more often than lose. However, if you know your opening perfectly, but are not better at tactics you will almost always lose. C4 is a good first move as white because there are less traps people can catch you with than in some other plans. The absolute worst thing you can do is memorize the first few moves of an opening but not understand why you would use it. For example, if best play states a specific setup which loses quickly unless you temporarily sac a bishop, and you use this setup without knowing you need to sac the bishop, then the opening will get you in a lot of lost positions before you finally abandon it. If you play an opponent who really knows openings, he is likely far better at the other aspects too and will beat you anyway. Have fun! PS. did I mention "FORGET LEARNING AN OPENING"

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