Easy openings to learn?

nathanyeo164

Hi!. I'm fairly new to chess (only started actively playing this month) and i'm looking for ways to improve my gameplay. It seems that my total lack of opening knowledge may be the cause, so i'm wondering if there are some easy chess openings i can learn/analyze and where i can find information about them?

I've looked through the chess db on openings but they dont seem to give explanations on why the pieces would move that way and what the objective/defense mechanism would be.

Anyways, just interested.

Oh, and what would be a good response to d4? I have honestly know clue, so i just reply with d5 and mirror my opponent for a bit :P.

Thnx for reading =]. Leave a reply!

Last_Sire03
Okay a good black opening is the French it's in responce to e4. it's all about black Receiving counterplay on the queenside. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 then you're opponent has a choice to take the pawn with his/her e4 pawn or push the e4 pawn forward. The opponent can also protect e4 with Nd2 or Nc3. Black aims to undermine the white center. It's not too complex. Go to Youtube and look it up. Also a good responce to d4 is the Kings Indian Defense although most people prefer the Slav/Semi-Slav.
Last_Sire03
AnthonyCG is right but keep what I said in mind when u feel ready to k? :)
nathanyeo164

Ok. So i'm a bit confused about developping pieces then. When would a piece be considered "developped"?.

Lol. my idea was that learning some easy openings could improve my gameplay. My currently rating is on average 1300. Somedays it drops, other times it rises.

In any case, thnx for the tips =]. The king's Indian Defense looks pretty interesting. I guess you could move the bishop to g7 h7 g8? (not that great with the terms yet) and follow with a castle. It looks like an effective defense as the king is closed off, but i dunno. :\

Last_Sire03
lol developing is spelled with one p so is the past tense of it.I'm just slightly over 1300 also.A piece is considered developed when it has moved from its original square.A good developing move is when the developed piece is controlling important squares (center squares) or pins a a piece. Bad developement involves it getting in the way of other pieces to develop(placing a knight on a square blocking in bishop although not always bad)or putting a piece where u can lose it to a pawn lol. The chess coordinates get easier over time. I still get messed up with it.
nathanyeo164

Hey. =]. I've played many games similar to that. The problem here is, what's the next step? Normally i'd move my bishop to g5 to pin the knight or take the queen, but almost always the reply is h3 forcing me to take the knight or move back. 

I quite enjoyed this opening but are there other openings that also have all 4 knights in those positions and provide more space to move? It's true white now has a strong defense, but it doesn't seem like anything is about to attack.

Last_Sire03
Now that move sequence looks a lot like the guioco piano Anthony... nice choice :)
nathanyeo164

Oh i get it. So moving the knights up to f3 or c3 is developing* the knight.

*got it right! =]

Thanks =]. I think i'll try out the openings suggested here and try and develop my pieces more effectively. Although, in most cases, the rooks end up just sitting there like spectators in a game. Would it be wise to develop them or let them sit there until mid/end game? 

Last_Sire03
The position you're talking about sounds like the four knights scotch, Nathan
Last_Sire03
Usually a rook does sit around until the middle game. they back up the pawns for the opening/middlegame but when it's the engame boy are they strong! Castling could be considered as developing too
nathanyeo164

xD. I'd lose to you even if i learned the london system, NM xD. But thnx! Sometimes, i'm confused why the bishop would jump to f4. But i see it a lot in openings. Is there a specific purpose in having the bishop on that location?

Poidokoff
nathanyeo164 wrote:

Ok. So i'm a bit confused about developping pieces then. When would a piece be considered "developped"?.

Lol. my idea was that learning some easy openings could improve my gameplay. My currently rating is on average 1300. Somedays it drops, other times it rises.

In any case, thnx for the tips =]. The king's Indian Defense looks pretty interesting. I guess you could move the bishop to g7 h7 g8? (not that great with the terms yet) and follow with a castle. It looks like an effective defense as the king is closed off, but i dunno. :\


No opening is really useful if you don't understand the ideas behind it. I'd suggest picking up a good book on openings in general and learn the purpose and principles of opening play instead of trying to memorize and opening without understanding it at all. It will improve your game beyond the opening aswell.

IronIC_U
Last_Sire03 is not correct.
Poidokoff is correct.

What OP needs is good book to explain some opening theory. Even better, idea behind opening theory.

At level of OP, 949 suggest:
IDEAS BEHIND THE OPENINGS by Reuben Fine,
kindaspongey

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708112658/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review315.pdf

pfren

 

Are you answering the troll at #13, or the O.P. who hasn't logged here since 8 1/2 years ago?

kindaspongey

I was reacting to the 9497010838 post. It is a good point that nathanyeo164 posted here back in 2010.

d0su

FWIW, 949 didn't necro the thread. Someone else did yesterday, and then deleted their post when they realized the error of their ways.