How drawish is 1...e5


Does e5 really try and play for a win in monst lines? why dont grandmasters play it so much. Theyd rather play the sicilian french or caro. What are the pros and cons for e5. I want to play an opening against e4 that really trys for a win but i just cant pick up the sicilian in all its theory


Not drawish at all.


Agreed, not drawish at all.  Check out, heavily annotated!


certainly not universally drawish, though like any openning it can get quiet in many varations.  Obviously I'm no authority, but I find as long as you stay away from the Russian Game 1..e5 will be lively.


If you want to play for the win, play the Sicilian.  I don't know why people are intimidated by theory, it's not like players at your level will know the sicilian inwards and out 25+moves into the game.  

Scottrf wrote:

Not drawish at all.



1...e5 is played all the time against e4.  I don't know what you're talking about.

In the ongoing candidates tournament, average rating 2768, there have been as many Ruys as Sicilians.  No caros, no frenchs.


perhaps a better term than "drawish" is "one of the solid" defences available for black. 

I think it really depends on the player handling the defence.


1..e5 isnt drawish, it has some drawish variations such as the petroff and berlin but every defense has a few of those.