17071 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I have been playing chess actively for about 3 months now and I would really like to extend my knoweldge of openings. I only know 2 openings but I have got an idea about how to play the opening if someone does something I have not anticipated. The two openings that I know how to play are the queens gambit and the sicilian defense. I know it is a really meager arsenal but my question is: what openings should I go about learning? Please just give me a few that I should learn. Im not sure about what my style of play is but I think I play rather passively until I know I can gain an advantage by either aggressive or defensive play. Thanks!
Learn a Ruy Lopez as black. Not the Schliemann (spelling?) since you'd need a good deal of skill. Also find lines against the Piano, Scotch, King's Gambit (2...d5! for starters), Four Knights, Danish Gambit (5...Bb4+ and call it a day), Bird (1...d5 or 1...e5 depending on your taste) 1.d4 (Nimzo and Bogo Indian complex may be good but 1...e5? doesn't work here like 1.f4 because black doesn't have a weak king to work against and instantly kills off a center pawn. At best black enters a king pawn esque position where white is significantly better and black can't castle for some time)
Also against 1.Nc3 go for a Caro-Kahnesque position where your c-pawn isn't committed yet:
Most beginners start out with the Italian game (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4). The good thing about it is, it can lead to very sharp and tactical play as much as quiet and dull positions, which are two aspects of the game you must constantly strive to master. When I began playing, my favorite opening was the Four Knights game, Spanish variation (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5). You should try that if you don't want to play the Italian, there's just as much to learn from both.As Black, against 1. e4 I recommend 1... e5, the French or the Caro-Kann but if you're doing well with the Sicilian then stick to it but you might get into trouble against someone who knows the theory well;against the Queen's Gambit, I recommend the Queen's Gambit accepted. Although I never played it myself, I spent quite some time studying it only to come to the conclusion that it's a perfectly fine defense for Black, and it's certainly more beginner-friendly than the Queen's Gambit declined.
Thanks for the input so far! I have been doing well with the sicilian but as they say variety is the spice of life so I will definatley try out some of the 1. ...e5 variations mentioned as well as a ruy lopez. I know how to play the opening moves against the sicilian perfectly (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 (or ...Nc6) 3. Nc3 Nf6 etc. etc.) so I'm not too worried about being on the other end of the board against the sicilian for a change if they play ...c5 instead of ...e5. Thanks again!
GM Igor Smirnovs "Grandmaster Opening Laboratory 1" Explains what openings to and not to play for beginners
Thank you for the advice! it is so tempting to go onto live play instead of learning openings... I'll start on some ASAP though.
Judit Polgar would of been able to beat all male champions
by stuzzicadenti a few minutes ago
Do they play chess in prison
by bb_gum234 a few minutes ago
Are tactics really the way to go?
by ponz111 3 minutes ago
Does Such an Opening Exist?
by bb_gum234 3 minutes ago
What other interests do you have apart from Chess?
by ArkadyE 4 minutes ago
Reproduction and Real Jaques of London Chess Set
by Gomer_Pyle 8 minutes ago
Can I turn off seeing my opponent's rating while playing?
by Kirkwood 9 minutes ago
Need help analyzing a crazy 3|0 game
by XpertPhoenix 10 minutes ago
why didn't chigorin become world champ
by chessmicky 12 minutes ago
music and chess
by bolzenbert 16 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!