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Hi. I'm looking for a good defense that in which you can develop well and have a chance with attacking. I want a defense that you can master easily and has many traps for white. Please note that I am very aggressive. I am considering these defenses against e4, d4. When you respond, please tell me why you chose this.These are not all the defenses there are, feel free to recommend other defenses that you like.
(a) Alekhine Defense- 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.c5 dxc5 9.dxc5 N6d7 10.Bc4
(b) Scandinavian Defense- 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6
(c) French Defense- 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 or Nc3 or Nd2 or e5.....
(d) Caro-Kann Defense- 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 or exd5 or e5.....
(e) Sicilian Defense- 1.e4 c5 2.d4 or Nf3 or c3.......
(a) Polish Defense- 1.d4 b5 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 a6 5.O-O Nf6 6. Re1 c5 7.c3.....
(b) Dutch Defense- 1.d4 f5 2.e4 or Bg5 or c4......
(c) Budapest Gambit- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+....
(d) Benko Gambit- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5.....
(e) Benoni Defense- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6....
(f) Czech Benoni Defense- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.h3 O-O 7.Nf3 Ne8 8.g4 Nd7 9.Bd3 g6 10.Bh6 Ng7 11.Rg1 Nf6 12.Qe2 Kh8 13.O-O-O Ng8 14.Bd2 f5 15.gxf5 gxf5
(g) Nimzo-Indian Defense- 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 or a3 or Qb3 or Qc2 or e3........
(h) Bogo-Indian Defense- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+......
(i) Queen's Indian Defense- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 ........
(j) Grunfeld Defense- 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e6 5...c6 or c5 or O-O.............................................
P.S. Again ,these are not the only defenses there are. Please feel free to recommend any defenses that you like that are not posted up here.
Those seem like good choices to me though i have always found the Scandinavian defense and Budapest gambit a bit dubious. Also under french you put down 1.e4 c6. the frenchc is e4 e6
Oh, thanks for pointing out! I type a bit too fast.
The French defence is good against 1.e4 in my opinion.
And e6 against 1.d4 might transpose into the French defence, or you can play the Nimzo-Indian or the queens gambit declined.
The Alekhine defense is an excellent choice against 1.e4. Most of the time white doesn't know how to handle very well this sharp opening.
I also suggest you the Scandinavian Qd6 variant. Really sharp. And well, the Sicilian, of course is double-edged. The Caro-Kann seems to me a little passive, though. To be honest I have never played it, but I think that black simply sits around and wait without making much effort to counter-attack. Maybe some Caro-Kann experts can tell more about this. It's just my feeling.
Against 1.d4 you can take a look at the Mexican defense, also called Black Knights Tango. You're gonna love it.
The issue is that you are saying that you want to master it easily and that it has traps for white. The mastering easily part takes out the Sicilian and most of the French. The only French line left would be the Rubinstein to cut down on study time, but then you wouldn't get those traps you are looking for. As a result, I would say that probably the Scandinavian is the one that fits your criteria best against 1.e4 (though it is not completely sound).
Against 1.d4, again, eliminate the Grunfeld, Nimzo, Queen's Indian, and Benoni based on their complexity. The Polish and the Budapest are not very sound, and you can't have a repertoire with the Bogo without the Nimzo. Therefore, that leaves the Benko Gambit, which is pretty sound, has some clear ideas you need to learn, but after that you should be able to play it, so not a huge amount of study time, and definitely has many "traps" for white to fall in.
I've messed around with all sorts of stuff and realistically I think the only way to get a fight is with either 1...e5 (easy development) or 1...c5 (well you can fight but you need to learn to develop differently than usual). I play 1...Nf6 (who knows where your pieces need to be?) which can also lead to sharp play but you have to be ok with playing slowly and solidly at times. It's the only defence I've ever enjoyed really. Well 1...a6 is fun too but it's a bit dangerous. You pretty much pass one turn.
I dunno about the Latvian... I'd probably play the Schliemann defence to the Ruy and that ...Qh4 thing against the Scotch first and see how that goes. If those are too much then the Latvian is going to give you a heart attack lol. But maybe the Latvian has less theory? Idunno. The only other nice thing about it is that you can play it vs. the Alekhine when you have White.
ur looking for one has black!? HAH! ur screwed! no such thing! Why do you think the ratio of white winning to black winning is about 6.5-3.5? Black has to just keep up with white.
Sicilian Defense: dragon varaition
Think twice: e4 c5 nf3 d6 d4!!!!!!!
black LOSES e4 is an error anyway if you want to win as black play e5 and study the ruy and whatever line you wanna play against the italian, cuz if white plays bc4 instead of bb5 (the ruy) than its gonna be a draw if you know what to do!
...Currently experimenting with the Alekhine myself(is it true that most white players don't really know how to handle it?)
Very true. My otb rating is low right now and I just broke the provisional level recently but I've never lost a game with it. Most people will play 2.Nc3 trying to bail out and be completely lost. (No transpositions to Ruy or Scotch e.t.c;) My highest win so far is against a 1730 who bailed out and played a g3 system (1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3).
I also prefer 2...e5 to 2...d5 because it lets me practice my open games. 2...d5 either leads to boring or obscure positions where White will play naturally while you have to memorize a bunch of weird knight moves like Ne4, Ng4....
Everyone that does have something against it hasn't really prepped it well and you'll get equal games constantly and many times an advantage in the opening.
One example game I actually got to play:
are you sure the Alekhine Defense really works?
Also email me the lines of the Alekhine Defense (plz in a sequence of moves in a diagram) and tell me the traps. I think it is a pretty good defense.
Please give me good 1.d4 defenses
Against 1.d4, I agree with the post above that recommends the Benko Gambit. I think this would be a good one for the agressive player. It is relatively easy to lear (compared to the standard defenses to 1.d4), it's ideas and plans are pretty straightforward, and the best part is white typically has not studied this defense as well as you will have. There are lots of ways to put white under pressure if he is not careful. A good book to get you started is Neil McDonald's "The Benko Gambit Revealed".
Well you're going to suck at all these defences if you just memorize lines. White will leave the book and you'll just beat yourself. Especially with the hypermodern stuff...
You need to learn the ideas and such by watching master games.
I suggest the Budapest Gambit against d4 and the Nf6 Scandinavian (1. e5 d5 2. exd5, Nf6) against e4. Both of these defenses give Black good attacking chances, and are relatively light on theory.
I find the caro-kann extremely effective at all levels. It can be active, solid, drawish, or strategic.
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