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I feel my play is a variation of one opening and all my games are starting to appear the same up until the 10th …11th move. Has anyone else experienced this feeling in their play? I can’t brag a large repertoire of openings, and I do use a few different ones. But, again I feel I’m living the same game…over and over. Mostly …I think it’s the curse of 1. e4… Maybe I need a break, but my play is getting stupid searching for a variety. Has anyone else experienced this same-game syndrome?
The point of chess is enjoyment (unless it's your profession). My impression is that this "same game" ness is making chess monotonous for him. In that case, winning wouldn't matter as much.
"I think it’s the curse of 1. e4"
Might be. I don't care for e4 much, unless it's the king's gambit, which is fun. Have you tried it? That ought to liven things up. I know what you're talking about though, I feel a bit like that playing the queen's gambit. If you like, nobody's stopping you from trying something new. And an unrated game to try something out cant hurt you.
My advice is to try as many as you can and see which one "fits" in a way. You know what I'm saying? I was going to suggest b4 earlier!
Though, I don't suggest b5 against e4 or e3. It's not as bad against c4 as you say, however. Hobbs' gambit I think it called.
What do you play against e4, okmrbill?
I play e5 against e4, sometimes b6
i expirience as u do ,,
to tackle the problem, i sometimes play d4 , c4 and many other types
it then generally changes the game
for playing those type of games u must read aricles on them
Just start opening with g4! It is mad killer ninja crazy opening. I promise almost all game will be different! ; )
If you play 1. e4, you should see some variety already starting with your opponent's first move:
1. ... e5 Open game
1. ... c5 Sicilian Defense
1. ... e6 French Defense
1. ... c6 Caro-Kann
1. ... d5 Scandinavian
If you find that all of your opponent's play 1. ... e5 (I use this example because a lot of beginners are taught to play this), then you have the choice of the solid 2. Nf3, the more adventurous 2. f4 (King's gambit), the (potentially) wild 2. d4 (Danish Gambit).
If you opt for the solid 2. Nf3 then you will probably see a few different tries from your opponent, 2. ... Nc6, 2. ... Nf6 (Petroff), 2. ... d6 (Philidor).
2. ... Nc6 is probably most common for beginners. Then you have a choice again: 3. Bb5 (Spanish), 3. Bc4 (Italian), or a King's Indian setup with d3, g3, Bg2, Nbd2, etc. Each of these options can lead to varied play from both sides.
In short, there's no reason you should be playing the same game over and over. 10 or 11 moves deep the same every time!? If you're getting a winning position, no need to change anything, but I think it's worth looking into a change.
Loomis, terrific post.
(Just wanted to add that the Danish Gambit occurs after 3 c3)
Try the Scotch game not many have studied it so responses are always different and theres so many variations to try>e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 no you were complaining about the curse of e4 but that position can go anywhere.