Favorite opening?

henriques3

It is a simple question that can lead to a lot of discussion....

What is your favourite opening and why?

(This can be from either side of the board).

I am looking to choose my next opening, so INSPIRE ME!

Kinobeon

London System no doubt. Can attack strongly on queen side or king side, can also bring king up board surrounded by pieces instead of castling for a very active endgame. (King side attacks particularly fun)

A few king side attack examples:

henriques3

@Kinobeon Nice examples of the London! I'll keep that one in mind when I am looking for more attacking play. 

So you like it as white, any ideas on the best way to handle it from the other side?

 

Kinobeon

To defend against London you could try KID which would get you to endgame, I usually do ... Bf5 keeping it on the b1-h7 diagonal either preventing Bd3 or swapping off when they do Bd3 which limits their king side attack. Another option is to castle late (London system can attack either side but once on the attack it is hard to switch sides) this would mean that the opponent wont attack soon (if they do castle other side) allowing you to develop and defend. A fianchetto'd bishop is quite effective at defending London. Some London players castle others my the king up the board for endgame (myself included) So attacking in the middle game might be a good idea as if all pieces get swapped off than their king is more active and centralised. happy.png

henriques3

Ah ok thank you @Kinobeon. happy.png I will try to remember this for when i try the London

 

blueemu

My favorite openings with both White and Black are also the openings that I've lost the most games with!

K-side opening: Sicilian.

Q-side opening: King's Indian.

henriques3
blueemu wrote:

My favorite openings with both White and Black are also the openings that I've lost the most games with!

K-side opening: Sicilian.

Q-side opening: King's Indian.

May I ask why they are your favourites if you have lost with them the most? Is that because you play them the most or what?

 

blueemu

Yes. I've played more games with them, so I've accumulated more losses with them.

poucin
Kinobeon a écrit :

London System no doubt. Can attack strongly on queen side or king side, can also bring king up board surrounded by pieces instead of castling for a very active endgame. (King side attacks particularly fun)

A few king side attack examples:

 

Black was very cooperative in these 2 games...

But u are right, it is important to show the possibilities of an opening from your side.

In the first game, u had a faster and more forcing mate with 13.Rh8!

In the 2nd, i would have played 11.g4 or 11.Qf3 followed by Qh3, another thematic idea.

sameeraanuranga

👑 gambit

sameeraanuranga

👑 gambit

ThrillerFan

French Defense!  Give me Black, Give me White.  Doesn't matter!

AlexanderKozin

Sicilian defense. Sometimes you can win or lose very quickly.

MickinMD

White: Bishop's Opening/Vienna Game transpositions (1 e4 2 Bc4 3 d3 4 Nc3 5 f4): move order avoids tricky ...Nxe4 ...d5 counterattacks and usually allows that early f4 which transposes to a King's Gambit Declined position and sets up a King-side Pawn Storm.  I've been experimenting with the London System recently (1 d4 2 Bf4 later Nf3) because it's the mirror image of the Black Defenses I like (below) except with a move in hand.

Black: Caro-Kann and Slav Defenses.  After 1 e4 or 1 d4 or 1 c4, I usually play 1...c6 where after ....d5, I can usually get my "bad bishop" on c8 outside my Pawn Chain, moving it to f5 or g4 before playing ...e6 - which would block it in.

The disadvantage compared to the French Defense or QGD is that it takes two moves instead of one to get my c-Pawn to c5, but I like the strength of defense while setting up my (usually Q-side) counterattack.

Kinobeon
poucin wrote:
Kinobeon a écrit :

London System no doubt. Can attack strongly on queen side or king side, can also bring king up board surrounded by pieces instead of castling for a very active endgame. (King side attacks particularly fun)

A few king side attack examples:

 

Black was very cooperative in these 2 games...

But u are right, it is important to show the possibilities of an opening from your side.

In the first game, u had a faster and more forcing mate with 13.Rh8!

In the 2nd, i would have played 11.g4 or 11.Qf3 followed by Qh3, another thematic idea.

I gave examples with strong attacks rather than the alternative endgames. Thx for the advice happy.png

vanjr1425

E4 as white. For black it depends on what white plays.

henriques3
blueemu wrote:

Yes. I've played more games with them, so I've accumulated more losses with them.

Ok that's fair

 

henriques3
sameeraanuranga wrote:

👑 gambit

Meaning King's or Queen's Gambit? I do like the Queen's Gambit as White, but struggle facing it as Black. I haven't had much experience with the King's Gambit, is it worth a look?

henriques3
ThrillerFan wrote:

French Defense!  Give me Black, Give me White.  Doesn't matter!

Do you have any advice on playing the French from either side? Just some things to know if I face it or decide to play it...

henriques3
AlexanderKozin wrote:

Sicilian defense. Sometimes you can win or lose very quickly.

Ah yes, a very sharp opening. I haven't had the courage to play that one much at all....