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...I dont have a good opening for e4 c5... I am wondering if you guys have any white openings for me... i am fine with the French Defence...
to completely avoid the sicilian (1.e4 c5) you can play 1.d4 as white
followed by any of these lines:
1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3, nimzo indian defense (NID) begins after 3...Bb4
1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3, queen's indian defense (QID) begins after 3...b6
1...d5 2.c4, queen's gambit (QG)
(QG) 2...dxc4, queen's gambit accepted (QGA)
(QGA) 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 and if 7...b5 then 8.a4
queen's gambit declined (QGD) is when black does not play 2...dxc4
(QGD) 2...e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nf3 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 b6
or, if you want to stick with 1.e4 as white,
and black plays 1...c5, sicilian defense (SD) then 2.Nf3 and
(SD) 2...d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 (najdorf sicilian) 6.Be3
(SD) 2...e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 (taimanov sicilian) 5.Nc3 d6 (scheveningen sicilian) 6.g4
(SD) 2...Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 (sveshnikov sicilian) 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 (chelyabinsk sicilian) 9.Bxf6
Try the English Opening (c4) as white. It's solid.
Needing a new opening is like needing a new fighting stance. Is it the stance that wins the fight or the hits that land?
Both. Custamato taught Tyson to use two gloves cupped over his face with his elbows dropped toward the sides because Tyson is short and it allows maximum guard of his body while maximizing power. Tyson would be at a disadvantage using a Philly style guard because his broad build and stature would take away from his punching power.
Kasparov described Radjabov as one who hasn't learned how to play simpler positions as black, hence Radjabov's dependence on Pirc and King's Indian, and some players like open vs closed or tactical vs strategic positions and vica versa.
10/22/2014 - E.Bacrot - P.Leko, Elista Grand Prix, 2008
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