what opening should I play?



Recently I was thinking about changing my opening repertoire, because i don't feel comfortable in position i'm reciving. Can anyone help me with choosing another opening?

As white i was trying to play larsen opening (1.b3),  kings gambit or london system

as black i played french defence against e4 and also d4! so my second question is what should i play against d4.

i thing that i enjoy position when my king is safe, I have clear plan for building my attack( i'm not really scared about sacrifise some pieces or having bad pawn structure)


Choice of openings is a personal preference.  me telling you what openings to play, would be like you telling me what openinsg i should play.

Maksart wrote:


i thing that i enjoy position when my king is safe, I have clear plan for building my attack

Then the French defense is a bad choice.

For black, I recommend meeting 1.e4 with 1...e5 and 1.d4 with 1...d5 (and go for a queen's gambit declined).

Against 1.e4 if you're playing 1...e5 (off the top of my head) you'll need to at least look at the spanish, scotch, king's gambit, 4 knights, and italian.

Against 1.c4 I recommend 1...e5 and waiting for them to play Nc3 (usually this happens in the first few moves) to play Bb4 (like a reversed Rossilimo).

Against systems and odd stuff (even as black, for example if they play 1.b3) then setup like a london system (d5 Bf5, e6, Nf6, c6).

As white pick either 1.e4 or 1.d4.


Some of those may not be to your liking, but that's was I recommend.

If you're happy with your current level and just want to have fun attacking, pick something like the stonewall or some gambit stuff.

The Blackmar Dimer as white and as black the Budapest and icelandic gambits. If you get to know them well you can get a lot of quick wins / quickly get good positions. Although if you continue to improve your rating eventually it will be harder and harder to win with gimmicky stuff, and playing classical openings helps you learn principals better. 


thank you sammy_boi happy.png 




Maksart wrote:

i thing that i enjoy position when my king is safe, I have clear plan for building my attack( i'm not really scared about sacrifise some pieces or having bad pawn structure)

The only openings where something like this will happen with good play from the opponent are openings like the KID where White attacks the queenside and Black attacks the kingside. Still, if you play something that requires the opponent to drum up counterplay with a not-so-generic plan, you have good chances to achieve something like your desire.


To that end I would recommend that you continue playing the French against e4 and play the Semi-Slav against d4. Most d4 players aren’t comfortable against the Semi-Slav and most e4 players aren’t comfortable against the French 


For someone seeking help with choosing openings, I usually bring up Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014).
I believe that it is possible to see a fair portion of the beginning of Tamburro's book by going to the Mongoose Press site.
Perhaps Maksart would also want to look at Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006).
"... For beginning players, [Discovering Chess Openings] will offer an opportunity to start out on the right foot and really get a feel for what is happening on the board. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2006)
"There is no such thing as a 'best opening.' Each player should choose an opening that attracts him. Some players are looking for a gambit as White, others for Black gambits. Many players that are starting out (or have bad memories) want to avoid mainstream systems, others want dynamic openings, and others want calm positional pathways. It’s all about personal taste and personal need.
For example, if you feel you’re poor at tactics you can choose a quiet positional opening (trying to hide from your weakness and just play chess), or seek more dynamic openings that engender lots of tactics and sacrifices (this might lead to more losses but, over time, will improve your tactical skills and make you stronger)." - IM Jeremy Silman (January 28, 2016)
"... Overall, I would advise most players to stick to a fairly limited range of openings, and not to worry about learning too much by heart. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)
"... Once you identify an opening you really like and wish to learn in more depth, then should you pick up a book on a particular opening or variation. Start with ones that explain the opening variations and are not just meant for advanced players. ..." - Dan Heisman (2001)
"... To begin with, only study the main lines ... you can easily fill in the unusual lines later. ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... I feel that the main reasons to buy an opening book are to give a good overview of the opening, and to explain general plans and ideas. ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... If the book contains illustrative games, it is worth playing these over first ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... 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)
"... For inexperienced players, I think the model that bases opening discussions on more or less complete games that are fully annotated, though with a main focus on the opening and early middlegame, is the ideal. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2010)
"... Everyman Chess has started a new series aimed at those who want to understand the basics of an opening, i.e., the not-yet-so-strong players. ... I imagine [there] will be a long series based on the premise of bringing the basic ideas of an opening to the reader through plenty of introductory text, game annotations, hints, plans and much more. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2002)
"The way I suggest you study this book is to play through the main games once, relatively quickly, and then start playing the variation in actual games. Playing an opening in real games is of vital importance - without this kind of live practice it is impossible to get a 'feel' for the kind of game it leads to. There is time enough later for involvement with the details, after playing your games it is good to look up the line." - GM Nigel Davies (2005)


that's a lot of information. thanks you guys!



Hey @Maksart, I think you will find this article very helpful.

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