New opening

Ben_Jay

Hi,

 

I have been playing for a couple of month and I absolutely love it. I play 10 min speed chess and always play King's Gambit as white which is the only opening I can play. Now it's time to learn my opening number two. I'm currently ratet as level +1000.

What opening can you recoment? It has to be one I can slay level 1000 with. grin.png 

 

Thanks!

Zugerzwang
You can't always play only the King's Gambit as White unless you mean only against 1 ... e5.
If you want to try to stick with only one opening against everything, your best bet is probably the King's Indian Attack, when you can rattle off the same first few moves almost regardless of how Black plays. It might not always get you an advantage, but you should reach a playable middlegame.
Zugerzwang
Or you could try a Queen Pawn opening when I would recommend the Colle System or the Stonewall or Torre Attack as a starter.
Ben_Jay

Hi Zugerzwang, I'll defninitely have a look at King's Indian Attack, I think this will be it! I do change my playing style differ fron what black plays. Often it becomes McDonnell Attack which I don't know, I can just read in the top left corner that's what I'm playing.

Hardest defence for me is against d4 pawn - it's tricky.

 

Thanks!

Zugerzwang
You're welcome.
Yes, you could also immerse yourself in another 164 post thread by higher rated players also having problems being "killed by d4" lol.
Ben_Jay

Hahaha... Maybe that's what I should play d4! happy.png

Zugerzwang
With the McDonnell Attack, you are really playing the Sicilian Defense after 1 e4 c5 2 f4. It might be better to precede your f4 move with 2 Nc3, playing a Grand Prix Attack without allowing Black the option of 2 d5, considered by many to be immediately equalizing. Then after 2 Nc3, follow up with 3 f4.
Zugerzwang
I consider 1 e4 c5 2 f4 also to be the Grand Prix Attack, though those who trust only in computer-assigned names think only the 2 Nc3 and 3 f4 line is a Grand Prix. They also think 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 is the definition of a Closed Sicilian.
Zugerzwang
Technically, 1 e4 c5 is the Sicilian, and the Grand Prix Attack is just one branch of it, but all you'd really have to know as White to have a way to play against the Sicilian.
Ben_Jay

Thanks for all the amazing info, I'll have a look at all the moves and get back when I have learned it. I'll have a look at the Grand Prix Attack aswell! Yes, the Sicilian is often played.

 

I'm about to watch this: https://www.chess.com/video/player/why-simon-loves-the-sicilian-busting-the-grand-prix

Zugerzwang
The KIA is basically a "reverse opening" where White sets up a King's Indian formation. The advantage for you in learning only one opening as White would be that, to quote Larry Evans in New Ideas in Chess, "... there is no way to prevent White from setting it up."
Zugerzwang
The other option is to learn some lines against Black in many different openings (since he has many different possible defenses against 1 e4). You could learn another White opening such as the Ruy Lopez, the Scotch, or the Giuoco Piano, but just as with the King's Gambit, you may not get to play it if Black doesn't allow it (he also has some choice in the opening being played).
Hypnoticdemon

Sicilian defense. dragon variation. I prefer the accelerated dragon, runs into less problems.

Zugerzwang
A relatively new player shouldn't worry too much about openings until being rated more highly. It's better to learn tactics and general strategy and acquire some basic endgame knowledge first. Many openings such as the Sicilian or Ruy Lopez are huge, complicated behemoths and it's better to learn the general ideas and basics of chess, before trying to learn or memorize complicated openings or lines. But it already sounds like you just play what you like for fun and don't yet try to memorize book knowledge.
kindaspongey

"It is important for club players to build up a suitable opening repertoire." - GM Artur Yusupov (2010)

"... the average player only needs to know a limited amount about the openings he plays. Providing he understands the main aims of the opening, a few typical plans and a handful of basic variations, that is enough. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)

Possibly of interest:

Discovering Chess Openings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf

Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf

First Steps: 1 e4 e5
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7790.pdf

https://chesscafe.com/book-reviews/first-steps-1-e4-e5-by-john-emms/

First Steps: Queen's Gambit

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7652.pdf

My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9033.pdf
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/vincent-moret/
Opening Repertoire 1 e4
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7819.pdf

Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess Openings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf