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I would not say that the ruy lopez is easier than a Sicilian :)
Basiclly it has 2 different chains of though. The e5 idea is first to get a roughly equal position and once you are roughly equal switch over to attack/imbalance if you can. While c5 is looking for imbalance and activity from the start but also having no way out unless white wants to.
Ruy Lopez and Sicilian notwithstanding, you don't need to play the Lopez to play ...e5 successfully. The Petroff has way less to memorize, is way more open and tactical, and is a much better weapon with which to challenge players at the club level, since a gap in theory and knowledge of typical plans will take you a lot further in its more open style than it will in a Lopez slog. The only downside, if there is one, is that white can force an endgamish position if he opts for early Qe2 lines. But work on your endgames instead of Lopez/Sicilian theory, and you can rack up points as black in the Petroff in even the dullest lines.
It's what Yusupov recommends for black in the first book of his Build Up Your Chess series.
I believe the Sicillian is better, though I use a much simpler version. If the opponent makes a mistake, you get the upper hand. If not, you have another oppening for your offense to go through. I may not be a pro, but I suggest you do a version of the Sicillian you feel comfortable with.
you gotta know as many openings as you can, both black and white, because you have to be able to respond adequately to what your opponent does
Guys, instead of arguing, lets actually help kradon.
I say the Sicilian. Pick one variation and learn the basic tabyia(s). Then as you play games and come across variations/moves that you do not know, look them up after the game and your opening knowledge will improve over time. It might not be a bad idea to learn some tabyias of the main 'Anti-Sicilian' lines you may come across most often depending on your move order.
This has worked well for me as I improve. I'm currently using the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon and have enjoyed it so far. I started by learning the main tabyias (classical and the Maroczy Bind) and a tabyia for the Alapin and 4.Qxd4. Two of the more common "Anti-Sicilians" that I'll face.
Playing a certain opening will not win games, your skill at understanding the objectives of them and the ability to adapt to whatever defence your opponent throws at you in the context of that opening is what wins chess games. If you are a novice than play "open games" 1.e4..e5 and lean how to maintain or undermine a pawn center, the neccesity of rapid "effective" developement, learn to look for "sound" tactical shots to punish opening move errors that present themselves on our level.Once you have done that you are ready to move on to the ultra-sharp sicilian defences !
Ok, i would like to say thank you to all who posted, this has really helped, as i do not know many openings with black. I will play sicilian. But here's the next question:
Which variation is the best in sicilian?
I really appreciate the help i am geting from u guys :)
What variation is best in the sicilian ? How about the smith-morra gambit !
You wanted to play the nardjolf maybe next time !!
LOL, everyone knows that 1... d5! is best.
But seriously, it depends how many decades you want to spend studying opening theory.
I think he was talking about the best variation for black, the smith-morra is for white
That is why white plays the morra so black never reaches his "best" sicilian variation ! Against a novice the morra is a Killer !!
The Smith Morra is very sharp. I play (as white) 1.d4 d5 (c5) 2. e4 and also use the Smith Morra as a counter to the annoying Scandinavian (which I play as black) 1.e4 d5 2. d4
At our level i think it is a "sound" opening but strong opponents really take a lot of the "bite" out of that opening with excellant defences, but the onus of proper defensive play lays with black he has little room for error.
Sicilian all the way because 1...e5 gives white players too much crap to throw at you. The Scotch Gambit is just devistating. It's what I use as white against black players (not racist). Against the 1...c5, I play the open Sicilian...
So as Black, Sicilian all the way!
at the OP's level (including my own, so i'm not trying to patronize the OP) I doubt opening statistics will accurately depict how he'll perform with said opening.
I've read several places that when your elo is low, or you're a beginner, you should always play 1. e4 e5. I kindof wish I did when I started, because at my point I feel a little shaky playing 1... e5 while knowing little opening theory and having 0 experience with it.
As stated earlier, I play the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon. There is an excellent starting out book on it that I use myself and you can find many videos about it. In fact, there is a current series about dealing with the Maroczy Bind which is probably white's best defense against the Accelerated Dragon.
I've had a good time learning/using the opening and have had good success with it both online and at the Las Vegas Chess Club.
No fish, and no meat. It's playable, but white has decent compensation after either 4.Bc4 or 4.c3.
I'd rather be white, but this is subjective.
Thankls again to all who continue to post. I am learning a lot, and now that I will be playing Sicilian, I Ned specific variations. All posts would help. Variations for white to defend against the Sicilian and variations for black to give it an advantage. Once again, thanks to all who haven posted. It would be very helpful if u know the name of the variation, or have a video link so I can see it and how it can be played out. Tanks to all, and let's not gave any arguments. :)
The Sicilian Kan.. my .02 Se my previous post for a link
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