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I really like e5.Game becomes more tactical and you dont need you know lot of theory like sicilian!
I play e5 and these defenses againt these opennings:!
king' gambit => falkbeer counter gambit
danish gambit =>d5 line
ruy lopez => berlin defense or sometimes janisch gambit
Italian game(Bc4) => two knight defense ulvestad variation
of course you should know how to play against scotch game and scotch gambit(pretty easy)
I had great succsuus with this repertoire
If i didnt play the sicilian, id defs go for an alekhine, just because the concept is interesting
in decreasing order of frequency:
e5, c5, e6, d5, c6, Nc6, b6
1..g6 all dayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4s6H4ku6ZY
all of the well known things are fine. I play 2.e5 personally and i favor the petroff. BUt i dont know if its better or worse than all the other standard openings. But i suggest you play something fairly standard. Trying to be too creative on move 1 is frankly rather goofy and immature, and wont perform well.
e5, Philidor defense
I play the Sicilian Yugoslav most of the time. Occasionally, I play the Schillings Kostic gambit.
I thought the Yugoslav was a White attack against the Dragon?
And that gambit is lame. 4.Nxd4 and Black has no fun.
Scandinavian, Berlin Wall, Marshall Gambit, Grivas Variation in the Sicilian, the Pirc.
It took me a while to realize there's no point playing the Sicilian when you're below 2000. Most people will reply 2. Bc4 or some other uncommon move and won't even try to get d4 in. I like playing the French at the moment.
Against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 I like to play:
* Latvian gambit* Elephant gambit * Traxler counterattack
Against 1.e4 e5 2.f4 there's plenty of King's Gambit variations that I can appreciate.
I'd consider that a positive? unless you were trying to learns tons of najdorf theory or something?
e5, here my main lines:
Either scandinavian or alekhine depending on my mood.
If you play an e6 Sicilian (Kan, Taimanov, Scheveningen), you can actually get favorable versions of the French against most of the anti-Sicilians. This is an easy and strong approach to the deviations from the mainlines of the Sicilian if you are conversant with the French.
Now I suppose there is an argument that you won't get much practice in the Open Sicilian which is the most challenging apsect of the repertoire, but you encounter this problem to an extent with nearly every opening. You should spend the most time on the lines that are relevant to your level. If you play the French at the lower levels, you will probably begin with the Advance and Exchange variations and later spend more time on the Tarrasch and 3.Nc3 main lines as you encounter strong players.
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