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I have discovered that I would rather play the black pieces than the white pieces. I feel as though I play better as black. That may be because my opening repetoire as black has gotten "solid" as far as an amatuer like myself can say. You wouldn't say I'm flawless as black or anything like that but definitely more comfortable and successful with the Black peices, if only in my head.
Maybe I'm playing crappy openings as white. I like The King's Gambit, Scotch, Vienna and the Grand Prix and the English if I'm feeling positional.
In essence the idea I'm pondering is abandoning the first move initiative and playing a solid waiting move as white for my first move.
Is this just laziness? Perhaps.
Or pure genius? Just kidding! Only kidding
Is this even possible, is this wise? The more I type here the more I realize it is just laziness. I feel as though I've gotten "Good" with the black pieces and good is a very relative term. You're reading each word in this post and I appreciate it. Thank you for taking your time to do so.
If you know a way to accomplish this and feel it is wise, I encourage you to share your thoughts.
Or if you think this is a bad idea and perhaps I should hone my repetoire as white I am open for suggestions.
Very interested in hearing everyone's thoughts.
Peace and Piece
White is technically "better'' since white moves first, there is always the 1 move ahead advantage. Playing as black would be better to improve, since black must be 2 moves ahead to win, and 1 move ahead to draw.
I play better with Black too. I fancy that when they finally solve chess, they will find that White was in Zugzwang from move #1.
yes....also you could try some passive openings when you play white such as the london system.....and then play solidly and defensively, until your opponent makes a mistake....(said that because opponents of amateurs like you and me often make mistakes)
It's not unusual for players to go through periods where they feel more comfortable with Black, especially early in their development. The advantage of the first move isn't all that great, and there is some security in being able to react instead of being the first to commit.
But the difference is there, White does have that slight edge of half a tempo. If we accept the old wisdom that a pawn is worth three tempi, then White starts with an extra 1/6 of a pawn, not so fearsome.
Yet over time it does matter. White has the statistical edge comparable to the House advantage in casino Blackjack: not a big one, but a significant and persistent and unavoidable one.
In the long run, you will be better off not worrying about color, and work on the deficiencies in your own play so you are better with Black AND with White.
Thanks for your kind replies.
That waiting move is too funny. I will stick with the scotch and look into the QG and the Ruy Lopez.
I never thought about a move advantage, that's interesting.
I agree that it probabbly doesn't determine outcome below expert, more likely whoever makes a mistake or blunders first loses. I used to play the KIA and will look into the Stonewall.
That would be funny.
That's not a bad idea. I've heard of the London.
Work on defeciencies. That sounds alot like "get out of your comfort zone" Good advice
Good advice from all. Thank you gents!
There are advantages and disadvantages for every move in chess. Even before the first move is made. Take the original starting position of the pieces and pawns. Both White and Black have a weakness. For White the weakness is at f2. For Black the weakness is at f7.
But, actually you elucidate a very good point about the first move. There are 2 theories of chess:
Classical Theory - Control the center by occupying it with your pawns and pieces.
Hypermodern Theory - Control the center by using the power of your pawns and pieces. In this way you do not create targets for your opponent to attack.
The hypermodern theory of opening with White is 1.Nf3, 1.Nc3, 1.c4, 1.b3, 1.g3. Aaron Nimzowitsch was a great advocate of the Hypermodern Theory. He wrote an article 'Die Blockade' first. Then he wrote, "My System", and finally he wrote "Chess Praxis." In all 3 of these his main themes are restrain blockade, execute the criminal. His reasoning is restrain, blockade, and finally do the corageous act and execute the enemy pawns and pieces. Restrain and blockade are themes that can sometimes encompass the entire king's or queen's wing, and sometimes the entire position on the board. He was a staunch defender of the small but secure center which if the opponent chose to dismantle it prematurely would be punished forthwith. His whole system has been read and studied by just about every strong player since its publication to present day.
So, after all that I guess I am saying 1.e3 is playable, but be prepared for space problems if Black decides to establish a large center. You will have to learn to 'manouver along inner lines' as Nimzowitsch eplains in great and insightful detail in his writings. There are many other subjects he covers in his 3 publications. But they all are tied back to the central themes of restrain and blockade. Aaron says that this is so because chess is siege warfare.
In his thesis he espouses one overriding principle:
Winning chess is the strategically and tactically correct advance of the pawn mass.
Well I hope this helps. Just think of playing White as if you are playing Black with a move in hand. Good luck and long hard study in becoming a 'professional gunslinger' (very strong player.)
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