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What are some good openings?


  • 13 months ago · Quote · #41

    Greenatic

    Immortal-Gladiator wrote:
    Greenatic wrote:
    Immortal-Gladiator wrote:

    French defence is horrible. 

    There are 90,544 Master Games in Game Explorer and a site-wide official thematic tournament that would disagree with that statement.

    What makes it so "horrible"?

    Blocks off your light squared bishop.

    That doesn't make it a bad opening.  The LSB can jump into the action later.  Meanwhile, White is going to have a hard time attacking Black's king.  

    (If you're that worried about blocking the LSB, you can diverge from the mainline early and play 2. ...b6, perhaps transposing to an English Defense after White has played e4 and d4 and Black has played e6 and b6.)

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #43

    waffllemaster

    Unless it loses immediately you can't judge an opening by a single move.  You have to judge it by the middle game you're getting.  Rules like blocking your bishop and knights on the rim help beginners avoid junk openings until their general knowledge allows them to judge on their own.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #44

    Greenatic

    Brennon_Huff wrote:

    Ive never been comfortable playing the frendh, or very much liked it.

    At the same time, that doesn't mean it's bad.  I've never been comfortable playing with the Sicilian--but I can assure you, it's powerful when used properly.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #45

    KnightsRuleTheGame

    Since the question is what kind of opening you would like to try out, and not IF you should focus on openings I'll just answer the question:) As Black against e4 I highly recommend to play the Modern Line of the Sicilian defense, against d4 My personal favourite is the Kings Indian Defense and the Queens Indian Defense (it's a bit passive as opening, but does offer some nice counterplay:) against c4 play the Caro-Kann. As white I highly recommend to find an opening or two and stuck with it:) My favourite openings as white is the Ruy Lopez and the Italian Game sometimes I play the English and Kings Indian Attack but its rarely successful. I'm not a strong player myself, but the way that I see it Is that basic opening theory never hurts:P Since I learned the most played openings I rarely loose games before the midgame:)

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #46

    OldChessDog

    You said you're new so you might not have found these yet. Check these out: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE9B976B483DB4C68


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