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Safest openings for white and black?

thewinslows1

If I wanted to concentrate on simply playing defensive and capturing undefended pieces while not blundering myself, what are some decent starts?  As a newbie, I want to slow down my aggressive stupid moves.  I seem to get impatient quickly and start trading, and more often than not I end up on the losing end of mass trades.

KeSetoKaiba
thewinslows1 wrote:

If I wanted to concentrate on simply playing defensive and capturing undefended pieces while not blundering myself, what are some decent starts?  As a newbie, I want to slow down my aggressive stupid moves.  I seem to get impatient quickly and start trading, and more often than not I end up on the losing end of mass trades.

Playing defensive chess is not easy and not recommended. Even 2000+ players sometimes have trouble defending tricky positions. It is much easier to play with the initiative and active play instead. 

If you just want a solid opening where you are less likely to hang pieces, then You could play a system like the London System with White. IM Levy Rozman @gothamchess has a good video on what openings to choose for certain ratings. 

I don't agree with all of his choices as my number one choices, but his logic is good and you probably won't go wrong listening to their advice.

Kinslayers0
And for black? @keso
KeSetoKaiba

The video has Black recommendations too, but Black also has systems like White. happy.png

Just following the video advice is pretty solid even if I prefer mainline openings and sharp stuff personally, but that is just me and everyone is different. grin.png

geckoman1011

I agree.  Gothamchess is the primary reason I went from 700 to 1000 in rapid games

tygxc

"If I wanted to concentrate on simply playing defensive and capturing undefended pieces while not blundering myself, what are some decent starts?" ++ This is a good attitude. Focus on not losing first and when your opponent makes a mistake, prey on it.
"As a newbie, I want to slow down my aggressive stupid moves." ++ That is right: you can aonly play aggressive when you already have an advantage.

"I seem to get impatient quickly and start trading, and more often than not I end up on the losing end of mass trades." ++ Never get impatient. Chess requires patience. Patience in the opening: do not rush it, patience in the middle game: calculate carefully and double check, patience in the endgame. The key to trades is to trade your bad pieces for opponent's good pieces.
The best openings are Sicilian and Grünfeld for black and Ruy Lopez for white. As these are so good, they are also heavily played and analysed and opponents have experience with these.
Good solid openings are Caro-Kann and Slav Defence for black and London System for white.
Other good solid openings are Petrov and Queen's Gambit for black and Four Knights for white.

McMousedeer

Black: Caro Kann is very straightforward, takes a lot of e4 players out of their comfort zone (especially sub 1000), and whilst development can be a bit slow (make sure to get your light-squared bishop out before playing e6, and you'll have to figure out how to play after Nbd7), it's super super solid. The plan is easy too: when you can, play c5 to undermine the centre pawn structure and go from there.

Against 1.d4 I like the semi-slav- it's similar to the Caro Kann once you're out of book (which at this level is basically move 4) and again you're looking to play c5 to undermine the centre pawns. The only tricky part is again what to do with your light-squared bishop- but you won't lose the game in the opening 10 moves no matter what you do.

For white, 1.d4 is good because it transposes around a lot- that means you don't really need a specific line against many of the openings you'll face, unlike 1.e4. London is super-strong but very limiting- Queen's Gambit is much more sensible in my opinion. Again the plan is to play c4 at some point (maybe even move 2) to undermine the enemy centre, get your pieces out, and build your position.

 

At around 800 elo I decided to learn these openings and they've served me well for c.500 elo so far- Caro Kann and Queen's Gambit are excellent for getting your pieces onto good squares and not losing the game in the first 10 moves.

Joanna-howie

guys I really believe people are way to f*cking sensitive on here like it's chess grow a vagina and stop whining everytime you lose "no you won :(" yes of course I did stop going on say good game and fucking get better "mate"

Mikhail60Mikhail


I suggest the Reti for white. 
it allows you to practice double fianchetto style games which will help when it comes to games like the Burille variation of the Gruenfeld defence.

As well as many variations of the kings Indian defence as they both have the same set up and attack variations.

I would suggest the Slav defence against D4

it stops the night and bishop attack against your Queen side pawns , which allows you to castle easier. 
and Najdorf Sicilian for E4 games.

 

The top game shows you a double fianchetto coming off the Slav defence , it coverts into the Burille Variation of Gruenfeld defence and the second game is book lines from the Reti opening.

 

Reiwu67

i think you should do e4 d5 in fog of war

Reiwu67

white does not know that his king is in check, so thats good for black

 

Reiwu67

in the next move, white is going to play e4. if this happens, do Bb5.  it pins the white knight, so it is no longer attacking e4. white will play a3, and i normally capture the white knight. so? he can not play e4 the very next move.

Reiwu67

 

oh yeah and its Bb4 not Bb5