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  • #1

    As I am not really "new" to chess, I have just recently began to really study the game and dig into the theory of chess. I have a grasp on the fundamentals of the game, the pieces, etc., so I have begun my research by studying openings.

     I started off with the Ruy Lopez and also the Guico Piano: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 *then either

    3 Bc4 or 3 Bc5...

     I wasn't too crazy about this maybe typical type of opening, so I have began to use more of a Scotch Game type opening: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4

    This opening it seems leaves white with control of the center and strong initial development.

     I'm not too sure of what to do after this, but I guess black's next move will dictate the course of play to come.

    Does anyone have any comments or suggestions on openings for beginner-type players? Anything would be greatly appreciated!


  • #2

    Cliff, Don't spend too much time on opening theory. All standard openings are OK. I think most players on my side of 1600ELO shud stop thinking about openings once they have decided if they like e4 or d4 better.



  • #3
    Well I am most probably on your side of the elo but I find knowing some opening theory does help. I am not talking about knowing all the different variants of shady openings, but knowing the often-played lines is helpful. You don't have to master an opening and be able to play it flawlessly for it to be useful, but it gives you tool when these openings are played against you.
  • #4

    Honestly, the thing you should learn is "Opening Theory", or the ideas behind openings.  This allows you to play fairly well through almost any opening, as instead of memorizing lines you learn the concepts, and will be able to improvise as your opponents play openings you've never seen before.

    However, it is great to familiarize yourself with one or two openings for both white and black, something you are comfortable with.  Try experimenting with various openings, and find some that suit your style.  I personally am scared of the Ruy Lopez, as I've been destroyed too many times with it. 
    Many people when first introduced to chess learn the two knights defense, which is a solid opening played by all levels (quite popular with grandmasters even)

  • #5
  • #6

    I'm aware that overindulgence over the minutia of opening theory probably isn't the way to go. But that is not what I am trying to accomplish here.

    I am just trying to find an opening that is somewhat simple and accesible, but also effective. I am doing this so that I can have SOMETHING to start with rather than just opening a game with no plan and no clue.

    Eventually, I think I will start to recognize trends and learn how to react to the many nuances that may arise.

    Thanks for the recommendation of the 2 Knight Defense. I will play around with it and see if I like it.

     Anything else?

  • #7
    for black, i like to play the modern defense (1. ..g6, 2. ..Bg7). and i think the najdorf is pretty popular around here, too. check 'em out.
  • #8

    Hello mate! As Black I would reccomend the Sicilian Najdorf ( 1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6). With 5...a6 you prevent the Bishop check at b5 and the Knights from moving to b5 as well. It also prepares for 6...e6, the main line of the "pure" Najdorf. This attacks the White Knight on d4 and you make an attack for the centre. The Sicilian Najdorf is a very solid line of play. You should check it out!

    As for white, I would reccomend that you study the article "3 Simple Opening Systems" by chesster. It will greatly improve your Opening in a short amount of time. Here is the link!


    Good luck mate! 

  • #9
      Try Sicilian Dragon or accellerated Dragon because it may seem complicated but all it tries to do is develop your peices without trading to many things and it is a great defence, with superb attacking choices.
  • #10

    Verusamo, white can check eariler then move six. Afterall what's wrong with 

    1.e4 c5 2. Bb5+    ??  Certinaly not a standard move, but there doesn't seem to be any way for black to take advantage of it.  After black moves a piece to d7 White doesn't even have to trade the bishop if he doesn't want to.

  • #11
    oops, sorry everyone I meant 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ with the same comment as above.
  • #12
    try the dragondorf at your level.
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  • #14

    The English Botvinnik System is a nice introduction to good Chess in my opinion. It gets a nice middlegame, and once you understand the ideas, and different variations of the English Opening outside of the Botvinnik System, it will serve you well all the way to GM level.

  • #15

    queens gambit.

  • #16

    Italian game, its easy and fast to learn.

  • #17

    1. e4. e5. 2. Nf3. d5?!... The Elephant Gambit -Black, why not if your a novice...

  • #18

    I actually think studying openings is a great way to improve your ability. Of course, don't spend too much time on it, and focus more on other stuff, but I don't think there's anything wrong with spending some time on opening theory.


    The French Defense is nice for black as long as you don't mind playing in slightly cramped positions. I'm somewhat of a beginner, and I mostly play the French against 1. e4. Once you understand the concept and look at a couple of the lines it's not so hard to play.


    Personally, I play 1. d4 followed by c4 as white, usually going into some line in the Queen's Gambit or a King's Indian Defense. I think the opening you play depends on your playing style, though.


    I do think you should stick to just one or two openings as a beginner, though (and one or two responses to both 1. e4 and 1. d4 as black). Get comfortable with those openings, and then focus on playing lots of games, and improve that way.

  • #19

    This guys literally dead I think, cliffordton logged in just once in August 2007' , posted this,and never returned...ha ha 

  • #20

    What about the Goring Gambit


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