chess opening for black explained

Zugerzwang
As for study time, I think it would depend upon which lines you select in a focused repertoire. If you mean to learn the entire opening complexes, I would guess the KID would take the most time, with a large amount of theory and more complicated lines, then probably about on a par would be the QG (since it also encompasses a wide range of variations), and then the QID. Since you're apparently already prepared for 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3, I think the Bogo is the simplest to learn against 3 Nf3. Barring that, my guess would be it's a toss up between learning some lines of the QID after 3 ... b6 or transposing to the QGD with 3 ... d5 and selecting a specific defense.
Zugerzwang
One caveat if you decide to go with the QGD with 3 ... d5 is that you'll also need to be prepared against the Catalan if White elects 4 g3.
Zugerzwang
However, the Catalan might not be a problem, since with subsequent moves ... c6 and ... dxc4, I would guess that might still transpose into Slav lines.
Zugerzwang
It looks like IronIC_U had a pretty good idea with the Slav.
HolographWars

I have read this book cover to cover, and I am in the process of forgetting it. It isn't worth much. It assumes that you are okay with a draw, and I am most certainly not. I always go for the win, no matter my opponent's rating, color, etc. I play the Dutch against d4 and have decent success. Most importantly, I believe using my own brain during the opening is crucial. My coach said, "Openings don't really matter. Spend your time doing learning endgame theory and tactics." I have defeated a 2061 USCF as black using only minimal opening theory. He played the Macrozy and I didn't have an opening book, so I took the time to think about the correct moves. My opponent just went along with the ride, and I found some cool ideas that put my opponent into trouble. I eventually won in a crazy (but dead won) queen ending, with my opponent extremely low on time.

I am still going strong with relatively little opening theory. Learning openings further than 7 moves is not really worth the time and effort.

swang19
HolographWars wrote:

I have read this book cover to cover, and I am in the process of forgetting it. It isn't worth much. It assumes that you are okay with a draw, and I am most certainly not. I always go for the win, no matter my opponent's rating, color, etc. I play the Dutch against d4 and have decent success. Most importantly, I believe using my own brain during the opening is crucial. My coach said, "Openings don't really matter. Spend your time doing learning endgame theory and tactics." I have defeated a 2061 USCF as black using only minimal opening theory. He played the Macrozy and I didn't have an opening book, so I took the time to think about the correct moves. My opponent just went along with the ride, and I found some cool ideas that put my opponent into trouble. I eventually won in a crazy (but dead won) queen ending, with my opponent extremely low on time.

I am still going strong with relatively little opening theory. Learning openings further than 7 moves is not really worth the time and effort.

heha, good for you

Manatini
IronIC_U wrote:

Sicilian (and Indian) are great responses to e4 or d4.

So you play the Sicilian against 1.d4?

How interesting.

Just kidding. It only goes to show how hilariously stupid these forums are.

swang19
Zugerzwang wrote:
One caveat if you decide to go with the QGD with 3 ... d5 is that you'll also need to be prepared against the Catalan if White elects 4 g3.

yes, this is why i post the question in the first place, with the catalan getting more and more popular, it seems become the white main line.  and i guess the more i want to ask is what to play against the catalan? because only play bogo is kind boring

Zugerzwang
Manatini (Post #29): Yupp, it works ... as long as White doesn't erroneously transpose into the Old Benoni and continues with correct play of 2 e4 cxd4 3 Nf3.
And Shhh .... don't tell the Scandinavians ... they might get the idea of playing ... d5 against 1 e4.
Manatini
Zugerzwang wrote:
Manatini (Post #29): Yupp, it works ... as long as White doesn't erroneously transpose into the Old Benoni and continues with correct play of 2 e4 cxd4 3 Nf3.
And Shhh .... don't tell the Scandinavians ... they might get the idea of playing ... d5 against 1 e4.

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