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It's a bit like students trying to decide which course to study at university, or children trying to determine what they would like to do for a living, so much choice, all different.
When it comes to making important/difficult decisions, its always good to reflect and review yourself, your position, your knowledge on the subject, your approach, your strengths and weaknesses.
It may help to identify what kind of play you usually incoporate, in other words your style of play.
Do you consider yourself as aggressive? Forceful?
Or do you play for positional play?
Do you prefer early exchanges and battle in the end game?
Do you prefer a slower game with a build of up tempo gradually sewing tactics?
Do you prefer to play defensively?
Does your style focus on counter attacking? Traps and sacrifices?
By identifying your style, you can look at a few commonly played openings, assessing their approaches in the game, decide upon which best befits your style of play, confidence will only come through practice.
Hope this helps, its a start to finding your style of opening :)
Try the Bongcloud. Look it up.
Every time I try something new I lose big. I don't study lines. I have basically won with luck i guess. What is really a good opening for someone like me? I want to be aggressive and I do not mind trading early. If play is too slow I get in trouble trying to make things happen because I get bored. Can someone suggest something for my play style?
You need a tutorial.
have you tried googling 'opening principles'? These are lists of 5 to 12 things to remember in the 1st few moves
I don't study lines.
I want to be aggressive
Can someone suggest something for my play style?
"No study" and "aggressive" don't go together. You can't have both. Well, you can, but you already know what that's like.
At your level, you don't have a style, you have a bag of weaknesses.
The only way to get better is hard work over a long period of time. The "dominate my opponent with no effort" opening doesn't exist.
Every beginner is "tactical"..."agressive" its a good way to learn.
Exactly, better to do tactics problems everyday instead of worrying about openings.
He should follow the list of basic opening principles, but he should have some kind of tutorial or opening course. He need to know about common opening traps, and move order. He should have some sound advice such as why it is important for beginners to accept gambits, etc. Following list of opening principles is not enough.
Thanks for the info. Sometimes i wonder if i am ever going to be good but its just like anything else. Practice and learn fom mistakes
Judging by your games, you suffer from the same things every beginner suffers from. Lack of chess knowledge, and the illusion that youre a tactical player, that doesnt study tactics.
Learning openings at your level is a waste. Find 2 openings to play as white, and black. Learn the ideas, and principle behind those openings. Follow the advice below to get you through the opening phase of the game
a. Control the center
b. Develop your pieces towards the center.
c. King Safety (Castling)
d. Connect your rooks.
The more I read these posts, the more I realize you are impatient and want to brute force your wins. It doens't work that way in chess unfortunately. You seem to also only be concerned with what to do with the white piece and attack. I find that I can manage to win the majority of my games with white. It is black that I really had to look hard at what fit me and would work against knowledgeable players . I think you need to reevaluate yourself chessically. If you're truly impatient and want to force the action, go play bullet.
If you really want to learn how to play chess, slow down, it is going to take a while and no matter what you choose, someone is going to try to throw a wrench in your plans. There is no one magical opening in which every line you play is easy and unrefutable....
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