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Best openings for Black


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    mountainchess

    I have had some difficulty playing as Black.  I have tried the Sicilian but have not met much success.  Does anyone have any advice for Black openings to use?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    HermesvV

    I really enjoy the Caro-Kann against e4. It can definitely be quite closed which is a lot different than the Sicilian.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #3

    1RedKnight99

    What about the Pirc?

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #4

    Expertise87

    At your level there is no reason to play the Sicilian. I would recommend sticking with the open games 1.e4 e5 for a while until you get better at tactics.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #5

    Fear_ItseIf

    jrzmath99 wrote:

    What about the Pirc?

    bad idea. It requires very accurate defence against any player with know how.

    Follow expertise's suggestion and stick with the open game. It can tailor to any play style you may have and will teach you the basic principles of developmet and centre control etc.

    Caro kann, while better idea than sicilian or pirc is still bad. Closed positions will stunt development in early stages as it is essential you learn about tactics. 

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #6

    transpo

    mountainchess wrote:

    I have had some difficulty playing as Black.  I have tried the Sicilian but have not met much success.  Does anyone have any advice for Black openings to use?

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    I have reviewed all of your games archive where you lost playing the Black pieces. You have lost a piece in every game without compensation. When you lose a piece when you are not forced to it is called a blunder.

    The first recommendation I would make to you is do not play games unless they have a time control of 1 hr. or more. If you cannot get a game, then switch over to the 3 days per move format.

    Rapid transit chess is for strong players that are practicing and sharpening:

    1. Quickness in tactical sight from their tactics visualization pattern memory bank.

    2. Reinforcing their memorized opening repertoire

    3. Sharpening their clock technique for when they get into time trouble in regular time control rated tournament games.

    4. Reinforcing their quick recall of their endgame technique visualization pattern memory bank while under time pressure in regular time control tournament games.

    If you would lIke to know more please let me know.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #7

    moonnie

    I still play e5 and it suits me well !

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #8

    Vyomo

    HermesvV wrote:

    I really enjoy the Caro-Kann against e4. It can definitely be quite closed which is a lot different than the Sicilian.

    More importantly, black enjoys the better pawn structure, which is really good for endgames.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #9

    ThrillerFan

    Play the Modern Defense!  Some excellent books include:

    The Modern: Move by Move - Lakdawala

    Tiger's Modern - Tiger himself

    Chess On The Edge Volumes 1-3 - Harper and Seirawan

    NOTE:  The last is a games collection (roughly 600), but they are well annotated, and a good half of them are either a Modern or Reversed Modern (via 1.g3)

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #10

    transpo

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  • 23 months ago · Quote · #11

    transpo

    transpo wrote:

    I have had some difficulty playing as Black.  I have tried the Sicilian but have not met much success.  Does anyone have any advice for Black openings to use?

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    You seem to like the Sicilian. If it makes sense to you then play it. But play the Sicilian Dragon.

    You can purchase online at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com for less thana dollar a book titled, "How To Think Ahead In Chess", by I.A. Horowitz.

    In the book the author explains in diagrams words and variations the strategies of the Sicilian Dragon. The book is geared for your current rating.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #12

    Yohan_Saboba

    Go for a Petroff (Russian) Defense vs. e4, and a Tarrasch vs. d4

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #13

    Stormgenius

    Against e4, I play the sicilian Najdorf. 

    Against d4, I prefer the Nimzo-Indian.

    After, it's my choice...

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #14

    GreenLeaf14

    i like 1. ...e6 for both 1.d4 and 1.e4

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #15

    mountainchess

    transpo wrote:

    transpo wrote:

    I have had some difficulty playing as Black.  I have tried the Sicilian but have not met much success.  Does anyone have any advice for Black openings to use?

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    You seem to like the Sicilian. If it makes sense to you then play it. But play the Sicilian Dragon.

    You can purchase online at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com for less thana dollar a book titled, "How To Think Ahead In Chess", by I.A. Horowitz.

    In the book the author explains in diagrams words and variations the strategies of the Sicilian Dragon. The book is geared for your current rating.

    Sounds interesting.  I will look it up.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #16

    mountainchess

    transpo wrote:

    mountainchess wrote:

    I have had some difficulty playing as Black.  I have tried the Sicilian but have not met much success.  Does anyone have any advice for Black openings to use?

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    I have reviewed all of your games archive where you lost playing the Black pieces. You have lost a piece in every game without compensation. When you lose a piece when you are not forced to it is called a blunder.

    The first recommendation I would make to you is do not play games unless they have a time control of 1 hr. or more. If you cannot get a game, then switch over to the 3 days per move format.

    Rapid transit chess is for strong players that are practicing and sharpening:

    1. Quickness in tactical sight from their tactics visualization pattern memory bank.

    2. Reinforcing their memorized opening repertoire

    3. Sharpening their clock technique for when they get into time trouble in regular time control rated tournament games.

    4. Reinforcing their quick recall of their endgame technique visualization pattern memory bank while under time pressure in regular time control tournament games.

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    I think part of what you're talking about is distracted play in which I am not paying full attention and drop a queen.  That is defininitely detrimental to my rating and play but what  are other examples of moves that you saying are  blunders?  Do these include dropped nights etc.?  And why is the Sicilian Dragon preferred over the variation I play (I think its the Sozin)?

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #17

    transpo

    In your game Navorog v You on your 5...a6 you lost a pawn, with 6...b6 you lost another pawn, with 9...Be7 you totally missed Qxd7 and finally with 12...Nf6?? you totally missed 13.Qxf7#.

    If you would like I again give you examples from other games in your archive.

    The reason for the Sicilian Dragon is nothing other than that this is the opening with Black in response to 1.e4 that the authors recommend and explain very well to players rated 1200 to 1400. It will help you to understand and have a much more comprehensive perspective of the Sozin The book is less than a dollar on line.


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