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So what youre saying is that the Parham is unstoppable?
@Gavinator: aggressive is the player not the opening. look at kasparov and tal's games. they play seemingly "dull" openings like the QGD or against supersolid openings like the caro-kan but play very agressively and crush their opponents.
just saying..now stop trolling
Lol you are the ones trolling...? I asked for good alternatives, I got the first few comments seriously, then the trolls (you guys) arrived. Please comment if you have openings that you would think suit me, not so you can criticize a system you have never even played...
Almost anything as white against most Sicilians, especially variations like the Keres Attack or the English Attack against the Najdorf. With that being said, the main problem with wanting aggressive positions is that the majority of them are heavily theory-driven as the moves are critical, forcing players to memorize huge amounts of theory or get wiped off the board (this is especially the case in openings like the Yugoslav Dragon or the Poisoned Pawn Najdorf). I don't understand why you don't just choose something simple and solid and allow your aggressive play to be based off of the middlegame instead of trying to get too much mileage for your level out of the opening phase. You'd be surprised at some of the intiatives that can be reached out of "quiet" and somewhat unambitious openings like the Giuoco Piano or the Four Knights' Game - the players determine the direction of the game, not the opening (unless you're going way out into theoretical waters).
See above quoted.
Gambit comes from the italian Gambitto meaning to reach out and trip your opponent, seems agressive to me, but to you it says I am hanging material and will never regain it and get an advantage. enough about material, Checkmate ends the game, and sometimes the best(and most entertaining) way to achieve this is to simply give a little to gain a lot
Literally anything is better for you than the Parham.
That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary.
you don't seem to be reading what I posted AT ALL. what I said was any opening that is solid can be played defensively or aggressively. just play something solid and play it in an aggressive manner. also forget about the scholars mate
also what's with the "criticize a system you have never even played" argument?" I've never played 1.a4 or 1.h4 and I'll never will because beginner knowledge told me they're terrible. your argument is invalid
I seem to be getting a lot of Evan's Gambits, I may look into that. I used to play this, my main issues were that the c3 pawn was pinned, and I'd have to use a turn castling, and also my b-knight didn't have a good place to go, anyone who plays this that can give me tips?
It seems similar to the uber aggressive danish gambit, with the 4.Bc4 line.
just follow the mainline(s) of evans gambit and you'll be fine.
black can easily equalize after 3...d5 in the danish gambit
So you want a very aggressive opening that involves no gambits/risk to you? E.g. you don't want to waste time castling or even allow your opponent to pin something.
Hmm, what you're thinking of is an odds game, have your opponent play without a rook or two, and you can be as aggressive as you want with no consequences or need to castle.
This was my first repertoire, mabye you will like it. The only difference from this repertoire and my new one is I swiched to 1.d4.
here is my rep as white
I may just stay with the veresov for now. The sicilian is a b**** to play against.
If you want really aggressive and still sound chess, the Sicilian is by far the best opening for both colors. The Veresov promises white literally nothing, and to top it off almost never leads to the desired initiative for white.
Learn the main line sicilians, and choose a variation against the dragon, play the Levenfish, and against the Najdorf, play 6. f4 that should give you a good system to work with, as both are the same, except for black's 5th move. same structure, same situation regarding the e5 square. and other things. here is a puzzle to take advantage of the Levenfish
here is what happens if Black plays the worst responce to fxe5
Seems a fine opening to employ against 12-1300's in blitzy games. White develops his peices logically and doesn't gift black tempi. Gets his opponent playing OTB also.
9...Ne5 is a lot safer for Black. He can let White take on f7 and block the f-file with his bishop.
I started playing the open a while ago and even though I'm not really sure of what I'm doing I am getting good positions. I don't even see the Najdorf or dragon.
To play the Veresov well you need to be both a d4 and an e4 expert!
why are you afraid of playing "gambits"? if I was coaching you i would say that this is an area of weakness and needs to be addressed. The ability to understand that material and initative are just different chess variables are crucial to understanding and improvement.
When teaching novice players I try to pick openings that allow them to focus on tactics and simple strategies without getting caught up in memorizing moves.
aggressive openings can be played via e4 or d4
e4 I would would play the scotch or italian setups. They are simple and straight foward and easy to learn the basis but sound enough for any level.
d4,.. queens gambit, which is not really a gambit. kasparov played d4 to obtain powerful attacks because it kept a lot of pieces on the board.
Veresov is ok as a basis but there are systems where c4 is a more logical approach. trying to force through the e4 pawn break can be frustrating against king's indian setups and kinda pointless.
pick mainline systems that are aggressive. look at f3 systems, rubinstein lines can be crazy aggressive.
Gambit lines in e4 openings are unsound? Marshall in the Ruy and Evens gambits are totally unsound. 3...c5 in a caro advance is totally unsound, the Smith morra and the french Tarrasch with Qxd5 are completely unsound too. Not to mention the King's gambit.
Well, some of those are usually temporary even if they last till move 10 or more... but you get the idea. Many of these are well respected openings, while others are less so, but perfectly playable.
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