Easiest opening to learn for beginners ..

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #61


    In my own personal experience,I would say Modern Defense when playing with black pieces. I learnt the core ideas behind this opening and understood the flexibility it provided. Having said that,for anyone below 1500 rating,openings are secondary. I try to solve atleast 20 tactics puzzles on a daily basis,as tactics are the bread & butter of chess. So assuming you are practising tactics,modern defense is really a very easy opening to understand with a disclaimer that its a double edged sword. If it goes well you will be PWning your unsuspecting opponent and if you misplay it,you get shredded by white easily. Have been practising this opening in my online and live games,finetuning it,rinse & repeat. After some time with it,you will be able to recognize the resulting positions on the board and play it fine.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #62


    The Ruy doesn't really need to be all that theory intensive.  Play the exchange or the 5.d4 lines, and it tends to be more like a classical open game than the long, slow grind of the mainlines.

    I agree that moving straight into the mainline Ruy as part of the "play 1.e4 when you're just starting out" theory is a kind of madness.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #64


    alexlaw wrote:

    e4 e5 nf3 nc6 nc3 nf6 bc4/b5 is a sure recipe for safety

    and..remember to castle!

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Nxe4 isn't very safe at all. Tongue Out

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #65


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #68


    FLchessplayer wrote:

    Does anyone know how you get the replayable board ... in a comment? 


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #69


    As Susan Polgar has said, many non-professional players do not have the time to study deep analyses of variations of 15-20 moves in a dozen different openings and are looking for ways to make it easy, to have one system against the different setups of black.

    As a youth, Polgar herself remembers seeking an opening that did not require the memorization of variations 15-20 or more moves deep and was very happy when she discovered the Colle-Zukertort Variation, an opening system that gave her much joy and success.

    As Cecil Purdy once wrote "Somebody that specializes in the Colle system will have to spend only one tenth of the time studying chess openings than they would have to otherwise."

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #70


    I'm a fan of "trial by fire" myself, so I actually play 1. e4 and invite all the chaos that comes along with it. :)

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #71


    One one level or another there are systems against everything, I guess. I just play it to expose myself to as much as I can, and it has been a lot of fun. I do like the look of a lot of d4 games but I was told once not to chop and change openings too much when learning, so I've been sticking with e4.

    I'm trying to learn the French as black, so I don't actually mind coming up against it as white.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #72


    FLchessplayer wrote:

    Does anyone know how you get the replayable board ... in a comment? 

    Right above your comment as you type, there's a comment toolbar which has things such as BoldItalics, font colors, etc.  At the left of the toolbar is a picture of a tree and a picture of a chessboard, and if you click on the chessboard you can insert a diagram/puzzle/game with annotations.  Hope that helped.


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #77


    Yes, but if he played the parham he would have had an automatic win.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #78


    pfren wrote:

    Uhhh, but OK. In that game Hoi is playing a French Rubinstein being (as white) a full tempo down (pushed the pawn to e4 in two moves instead of one).

    He is not worse, of course, but his win has absolutely nothing to do with the opening.

    I agree that the Rubinstein is awesome.

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