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im just trying to find out the best chess opening. im fairly average at chess but i just want to learn more anyone help me... cheers...
There is no "best" opening. There are openings and counter-openings.. But each has it's weaknesses and it's strengths. It's the game afterward that is important.
That said, the middle of the board is a rather important 'controlling' point.
despite whateveryone above said. if you look at grandmaster play, most common defense by black after e4 is the sicilian. and for d4, usually theres some queens gambit declined in vogue at the moment.
but there really isn't a best, theres just your playing style. I can have a lot of success with the Kings Gambit, and just about everyone knows thats a broken opening. Petrov is fun for black also.
I've also started looking at openings for the first time in my chess playing days, and I've found that the way that I found most helpful to learn was to pick a few well-known openings (choose one for white, then replies to e4 and d4 as black) and study them, look at a few variations and the main line so that you know where things go and look at the final position. It's a lot easier to memorise lines once you get into the rhythm of it than you'd think and I've found that this has improved my game lots, just by aiming at a certain position, while reacting to what's happening on the board at any given moment. I just look at the ones I'm interested in because I play for fun, but it's helped me get into openings and I've got a new book on the Sicilian in the post. Modern Chess Openings 14th Edition is the book I used to get into them as recommended by people on here.
<3 Najdorf, Scotch, Nimzo-Indian and a bit of Grunfeld.
i move in the center becaus eit is good to control the centre.
LUKEBOY, I LIKE THE SCOTCH GAME ALSO, BUT LATELY HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO THE COLLE SYSTEM, ZUKERTORT VARIATION and it seems
pretty good to me(but i'm a beginner like you and want to learn., you can't go wrong listening to above average chess players in this forum, but be open minded and try what you thgink would be good for your style and through away the advice that doesn't work for you
but everyone i have read so far are right on point, basic opening principals
are the same, control the center, develop develop, protect your king(castle) and only when minor pieces are developed and king safe, plan you strategy, don't move any minor piece twice until develop and keep for queen back, no further then 7th or second rank(depending on board position), bring it out only when needed(don't make it the target unless necessary)
hope this helps, but remember, i'm a beginner also and am here to learn
thanks tony antne003
Like most other people said, there is no "best" opening. While there are openings that control the board better than others, and openings that are best at countering other openings, none of them could be considered the "best" opening.
Well, the most solid and played defence against 1. e4 at the highest level tournaments is the Petroff. It has been played by virtually every super-GM at some point or another.
Against 1. d4, the Slav is right now considered the most solid reply. Notice that both of these openings allow the White player to force an early positional draw, the early Queen exchange in the Petroff, which no one plays anymore, and the exchange variation in the Slav. That basically says that Black is happy with a draw and it is White that should force matters if he wants to win. On a side note, I think the Petroff is the main reason why Carlsen chose to risk playing the KG's at Bazna a few days ago.
But openings are a matter of fashion and everyone follows trends. The most correct statement isn't which is the best opening but which are the most fashionable.
Make these three openings your final destination some time (years) from now:
For white: 1d4 with a view to Queens Gambit
For black: Against 1d4, assuming they play Queens Gambit, play the Nimzo Indian
and against 1e4 the Sicilian
Statistically these are the best. Check out what openings are played at world championship level ....
BUT chess is not just about logical objectivity. If you are playing in a league and never vary, your opponent will see you coming - and prepare. This is where the "poker" element comes into it - the realm of second best moves that your opponent may not know....
In the MEANTIME start building a 1e4 repertoire based , say on the Italian Game. Play the open variation of the Sicilian from the White side....As Black against 1e4 play 1....e5 , perhaps with a view to playing the Two Knights against the Italian Game....Against the Queens Gambit try the Albin Counter Gambit...You will find that most players at your level may well play the so called Queen's Pawn list (viz Colle, Torre, Stonewall.....) let them - not as good as Queens Gambit, but you will need to learn how to grind them down with a timely c5...
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