cigoL's opening repertoire

Oct 14, 2011, 9:08 PM |

This post is written entirely for myself. If others find it useful, good. But essentially, this is simply notes to myself. 

As White 

I've decided to play 1. e4. For various reasons, the prime one being that I've been told this is the best first move, for learning to play chess. 

Against 1...c5 

The most common reply to 1. e4 is the elaborate Sicilian Defense (1...c5), so I need to know how I'll handle this. I've decided not to play 2. Nf3 (the typical reply), simply because I don't want to study all the Sicilian theory at this point in time. Instead, I've decided to play the Smith-Morra Gambit (2. d4). I have a couple of reasons for this. I wanted a reply to 1...c5 that would limit the number of playable Black replies. This seems to be the case with the the Closed Variation (2. Nc3), and the Smith-Morra Gambit. So, I knew I wanted to settle with one of these. I decided on the Smith-Morra Gambit, and not the Closed Variation of the Sicilian Defense, because I like the positions 7-8 moves into the game better, it's more offbeat, and 7-8 moves into the game, it seems to have better winning chances than the Closed Variation. Seeing that both Morphy and Tal have won with the Smith-Morra Gambit didn't hurt either. 

Against 1...e5 

Since I've decided to play the Smith-Morra Gambit against 1...c5, I've now decided to play 2. d4 against 1...e5. For various reasons. It's another gambit, and is likely to lead to sharp play. This is my biggest weakness, so that's what I need to work on. Playing openings demanding tactical skills should help me develop this part of my game. 

After 2. d4, there is a good chance Black will take my pawn sac. This is called the Center Game: Accepted. From here I have a couple of possible replies: 3. Qxd4, 3. Nf3, 3. c3 and 3. Bc4. I will certainly not play 3. Nf3, since it's too the kind of game I'm looking for. I find 3. Qxd4 (Center Game) somewhat interesting, but 3. c3 (Danish Gambit) and 3. Bc4 (Center Game: Von der Lasa Gambit) is much more what I'm looking for at the moment.