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I want to know a good opening against e4 other than the Sicilian because I like positional play
I trust that when you say "positional" you really mean "slower." Because the Sicilian is incredibly positional. Try out an e6 line like the Kan or Taimanov if the Dragon and Najdorf are proving too cutthroat for your tastes.
The open games with ...e5 are positional too, of course, but they tend to erupt into pretty quick fireworks unless you end up in a closed Lopez or a mainline Petroff.
The Caro can get freaky really fast if white wants it to, especially in the advance and the Panov.
If you play the Classical French, you can keep most lines slow and positional, but you'll still need something against the exchange.
I'd consider the Scandi. The Qa5 lines are almost the surest thing going when it comes to guaranteeing slower, more positionally based lines. You'll almost always end up in a decent Caro structure with all your pieces still on the board. You'll need something you're happy with against 2.d4!?, but that shouldn't be enough to put you off. I sincerely think this is the way to get the greatest % of your games into the types of struggles you prefer. French would be my runner-up.
Any defense can get crazy in a hurry if white wants it too. But in general making anything happen in chess requires concessions and if white pushes too hard to spice things up against a solid structure like the caro or french then black gets good winning chances.
But of course 'positional' doesn't mean 'slower', imo. To me a positional game is one where the opening doesn't turn directly into the attack and players must know how to play when plans are not so clear. I like the French defense for this purpose as the real battles are around the center and key attacking squares rather then the attack itself. Black is often in a somewhat precarious position but his pressure against the center paralyzes white.
The e6 sicilian can also become a slower game since the threat of a quick d5 break into a French structure helps prevent some of the insanity in the main lines.
I play the caro-kann. Like has been said, any opening can get aggressive from white - and in the caro, the panov-botvinnik attack (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd cxd 4.c4) is one example of this, but with a few moves/ideas learned for these aggressive variations, I find that black usually equalizes pretty easily, and oiften with more positional rather than tactical play.
Of course positional doesn't mean slower. That's not the point. The point is that the Sicilian already IS positional...and it's not the kind of opening the OP wanted. So what he wanted wasn't positional. What he wanted was slower.
And as far as openings getting aggressive quickly, that's a lot harder to do in ways that are both sound and don't require black's cooperation in the French or the Scandi. It's easy for white to stay in mainlines in the Caro and get a rip-snortin' attack going. That's really difficult in the French (where black can adopt a Rubinstein or Fort Knox-y repertoire against white's more ambitious tries), or in the Scandi, where keeping opening advantage relies on gaining tempo on the centralized queen.
"It's easy for white to stay in mainlines in the Caro and get a rip-snortin' attack going." I tend to find that black chooses whether or not white gets an aggressive, fighting game. If black castles on the same side as white, then white's going to have a tough time throwing pawns at black's king. If black wants to fight, then he can castle on opposite sides. Black can also just learn the main lines of the Steinitz variation, in which case black gets to steer away from those main lines, also, and can end up with a solid, safe game.
I like the pirc but wouldn't recommend it especially in a blitz game. The king side attack can get quite brutal. Can't give up the sicilian and I play the spanish upside down meaning I have played it so many times with white that black seems really strange.
it's sort of equal for both sides
try the scandinavian defense
If you don't have a firm background in 1 e4 e5 lines, start there. Learning the basic pawn structure will improve your overall game, and there are positional approaches available at almost every move.
its hard to recommend anything over 1.e4 e5
e5 can lead to very nice "positional games if your opponent chooses a "quiet" line of the Ruy Lopez; however, if you play e5, you risk f4 and go into a King's Gambit with "fireworks" sure to follow no matter what you play!
If you are looking for "safer" alternatives try iether the French of the Caro-Kan; while in general you can lead the game into quieter less tactical and more "positional play"; there can be some fireworks in some of the lines.
by scottk74 a few minutes ago
Good opening book(s) for 2000+
by TheGreatOogieBoogie 4 minutes ago
Carlsen is mediocre - my analyses
by electricpawn 4 minutes ago
12/6/2013 - Mate in 8
by nadimashfaq99 5 minutes ago
Alekhine's Defense Brilliancy - destroyed a guy in only 7 moves :O
by MrDamonSmith 7 minutes ago
what the #$%^was he playing and how did he win?
by TheGreatOogieBoogie 8 minutes ago
Should a 1300 player play and study the Smith-Morra Gambit?
by Yaroslavl 10 minutes ago
Chess Is Garbage, Here Are My Own Openings
by MoonSnow 18 minutes ago
cant unusual openings be used to fox stronger opponents more often than not?
by TheGreatOogieBoogie 18 minutes ago
Searching someone for play long standard games
by tfulk 19 minutes ago
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