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Beginners should be taught the Scandinavian, then the french defense....and then the sicilian.

  • #21
    LeonSKennedy992 wrote:
    Ashvapathi wrote:

    Thanks for reply. About that line: whats the plan for black? How to proceed?

    develop your pieces and castle kingside.  Just forget about the pin...oh and put the bishop on f5

    OK, thanks. Is this the line called scandinavian gambit?

  • #22
    Ashvapathi wrote:
    LeonSKennedy992 wrote:
    Ashvapathi wrote:

    Thanks for reply. About that line: whats the plan for black? How to proceed?

    develop your pieces and castle kingside.  Just forget about the pin...oh and put the bishop on f5

    OK, thanks. Is this the line called scandinavian gambit?

    Pretty sure its official name is Icelandic Gambit.

     

    Edit: Oops, not that. I was thinking of a different Scandinavian line which involves gambiting a pawn as well.

  • #23

    I know a guy who's much better than me at chess (~200 points above me in rapid) at my school. He plays the 3...Qd8 Scandinavian, but does pretty well against a lot of players.

  • #24

    Beginners should not be taught any specific openings. No one should be taught the French!

  • #25

    I believe beginners should learn the ...e5 defenses first. I find they're the most direct and the most instructive.

    After that, once they've improved a bit, move onto the trench warfare of the French and the Caro.

    After more improvement, explore the flexibility of the Scandinavian and Alekhine.

    And then finally, learn the sharp, double-edged swords of the Pircs, the Moderns, and the Sicilians.

  • #26

    Beginners can be divided into 2 categories. The majority would be children and the other category could be grown up players who want to just enjoy chess with no high aims. This category can play whatever they like since they play for fun.

     

    So I assume the question is mainly for children.According to a famous Russian chess coach in his book '' The Soviet Chess Conveyor''( https://www.amazon.com/Soviet-Chess-Conveyor-Mikhail-Shereshevsky/dp/9548782014  ) children should first study the classics and learn all the 1. ..e5 defences and the French to absorb tactical and strategic ideas. They can learn the Sicilian later when they become stronger and more experienced players.

    In Russian chess they say that Polugaevsky never reached as high as he could because he only learned to play the Sicilian and not the Ruy Lopez and e5 defences generally.

     

    The Scandinavian is not a weak opening because it has not been refuted.In a lot of cases it is similar to the Caro - Kann ,avoiding some bad variations of the Caro when White seizes a lot of the centre. Some times it also looks like the Alekhine defence. It is a sound opening and could be used a secondary one.

     

     

  • #27
    I prefer the Ruy Lopez, or the Sicilian. I generally don't like the French or the Scandinavian.
  • #28

    Beginners should play this opening:

     

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