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thekilla2659

I think this is an interesting little thread, as there are probably tens of thousands asking for opening recommendations or the best openings at X rating/skill level. But I recently was contacted to do some beginner coaching at my old elementary school, seeing as I won some scholastic titles while I was there, and by some people at my college currently because I was giving lessons to a friend who went and told a bunch of his friends about that. Getting back on topic though, I feel as if openings are second to learning tactics, strategy, and middle and end games. This is mainly because at beginner levels there is a distinct lack of theory being played consistently and as such players at the beginner level should be more focused on being able to spot good moves in odd positions, which are sure to arise. Being able to spot good tactics and being able to have some strategy going through the middle and endgames will go a long way.

 

For opening recommendations, there is a reason the Italian Game has long been recommended at all levels. It is very simple to play because the moves make a lot of sense and focus on the typically taught fundamentals of chess, put a pawn in the center, develop your knight(s) and bishop(s), and then get castled.

There are definitely other easy openings to play at this level from 1. e4, such as the Scotch Game, the Three or Four Knights Game, and the Ponziani (though this one is a little less played, but in my opinion is a good surprise for a lot of players even in more advanced ratings if they haven't looked into it and you've done a little bit of your homework on it, as there are some nice modernized ideas and ways to play it that result in interesting positions).

For easy 1. d4 openings, there are many systems, such as the London, Stonewall, and Colle Systems, and all of them are very easy and work relatively well against most moves that black can respond with, but there is also the Queen's Gambit that is another opening that kind of plays itself and is a reason why it is popular at all levels, along with the plethora of Indian Defenses and branches off of that. 

One other opening/defense combo I would recommend would be the King's Indian Attack (KIA) and Defense (KID) seeing as they are system based and get players into some relatively safe positions in the first few moves and lets them have more opportunities for tactical and strategic play since, again, the theory will most likely be done within a few moves at this level anyway. 

For defenses, against 1. e4 I'd recommend responding with e5 and responding logically from there. For 1. d4 I'd recommend responding either with the intent to play the KID or d5 and going into whatever the opponent decides to play, just like for e4 seeing as there are many lines, but expect a London System or a Queen's Gambit from most players at this level or some random concoction of moves.

I know this is a lot, but it's something you can revisit and give thought to as you both progress and can expand into some of the other mentioned openings and defenses. 

kaikwabi08
what would be a good opening for me ?
ScatteredWealth

The King's Indian Defense literally spells KID

chess20202021
Kenta2022 wrote:

Which first chess opening should I teach my kid? Maybe openings are only for adults.

I know for beginners, they should open with 1.e4/1.d4, but most of the time, they open with 1.e4, but I know that 1.d4 is better.

I played many games on live chess and fritz, and I'll open like this format:

1.e4 or 1.d4

Against 1.e4: e5, c6, c5, e6

Against 1.d4: d5, Nf6

Against 1.c4: e5, Nf6

Against 1.b4: e5, d5

Against 1.g4: d5, Nc6

Against 1.f3: e5, b6(open a fianchetto line against that pawn)

Against 1.f4: e5, d5

 

 

 

 

1. e4, e5

2. d4, ___

(most of the players exd4) Fine

f6 is a blunder?

So

1. e4, e5

2. d4, f6

3. Bc4, Nc6

4. Nf3 , d6

And so it will be continued. I don't find anything wrong. 

TranNamKeThien
ScatteredWealth wrote:

The King's Indian Defense literally spells KID

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monkey-armory
Kenta2022 wrote:
ScatteredWealth wrote:

The King's Indian Defense literally spells KID

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TranNamKeThien

KARPOV TOLD ME THAT 1.E4 IS THE BEST MOVE

MAGNUS TOLD ME THAT 1.C4 IS THE BEST MOVE

KASPAROV TOLD ME THAT 1.D4 IS THE BEST MOVE

FISCHER TOLD ME THAT 1.NF3 IS THE BEST MOVE

ANISH TOLD ME THAT 1.G3 IS THE BEST MOVE

WHO SHOULD I FOLLOW

tygxc

#28
'1 e4 Best by Test' - Fischer
Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Carlsen also played more 1 e4.
AlphaZero prefers 1 d4 over 1 e4 and prefers both over 1 c4 and 1 Nf3. Figure 31.
https://arxiv.org/pdf/2111.09259.pdf 


TranNamKeThien

Chess openings for kids please

TranNamKeThien

There is no chess openings for kids. Which opening should I teach

tygxc

#31
Ruy Lopez

monkey-armory

Bong Cloub

TranNamKeThien

Tell me chess openings for kids please

 

tygxc

@34

Ruy Lopez

TranNamKeThien
tygxc wrote:

@34

Ruy Lopez

It's a bad opening for white

tygxc

#36
It is the best opening for white that exists, for kids as well as for world championship candidates
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2292563

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2292564

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2289320

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2289182