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Better Opening for White

  • #1

    I just need your suggestions on the best opening for the white... I love Danish gambit but the fact that you lose pieces and could be countered got me seeking better opening compared to Danish

  • #2

    Fischer played the Evans' Gambit at least three times in his career. If Fischer uses a line more than once, you can assume that he considers it sound.

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1043992

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1255154

     

  • #3

    Are you trying to get away from gambits? Are you trying to avoid main lines? For main lines, use 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3. For a decent alternative gambit, you could try the King's Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. f4).

  • #4

    nh3

  • #5

    There's no one opening that's best for all. You have to look at your style of play and determine what openings fit it.

    A chess master gave a talk to the high school chess club I coached, which won the 3rd-place trophy in the State Scholastic Championships.  My players asked him what openings he liked.

    He surprised them and instantly raised their chess IQ by saying he liked any opening that led to a playable middlegame!

    The point was that you don't select an opening to win the game, you select an opening that will lead to the kinds of tactics and strategic motifs with which you are most comfortable.  Do you like to castle on the opposite side and storm the enemy's King with Pawns?  Do you like a wide-open game where you can point all your pieces at the enemy King and relentlessly attack?  Do you like to jockey for position in closed openings with which you are familiar and your opponent less likely so, so that it's more likely he will overlook the importance of a Knight Outpost, Doubled or Backward Pawns, Open File, etc.?

    Those tactics and strategic imbalances that you like are what you want to get out of the opening, not a win. Those vary from one player to another and that's why some players like the instant-counterattack Sicilian Defense and others do better with the French or Caro-Kann Defenses.

    A secondary point is that TACTICS are the tools of chess and the key to knowing when you have a playable middlegame. If you don't recognize dozens of them by name and don't understand the difference among a Pin, a Skewer, and an X-ray Attack and can't demontrate the difference and similarity of a Dovetail Mate and a Swallow's Tail Mate, you are playing with an incomplete toolkit.

    There are several dozen tactics at these interactive sites and you should be able to demonstrate any of them and know them by name: that provides a "hook" in your brain that helps you quickly recall the information about them:

    https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-tactics--definitions-and-examples

    https://chesstempo.com/tactical-motifs.html

    In order to build strategic ability relatively fast, I suggest two books: Fred Wilson's Simple Attacking Plans, where four straightforward principles (including: point all your pieces at the enemy king and relentlessly attack) are demonstrated by 30+ annotated games, and Michael Song's and Razvan Preotu"s The Chess Attacker's Handbook, where 14 chapters provide games and exercises about different tactics used for different positions (Uncastled King, Bishops of Opposite Colors, Opposite Side Castling, etc.).

  • #6
    MickinMD is spot on the nose.

    I will only add a couple of things. You can look in various databases, one of which is on this website, and see which openings result in the most wins for Master level and above games that have been recorded.

    Unless you are very advanced, none of those matter! At best you can use it as a tool if you repeatedly find yourself in a particular position where you don’t know what to do, and even then it’s useless unless you know WHY that response is played.

    First you should focus only on what each side is trying to accomplish in the opening. Getting the pieces on good squares, what constitutes a good square, developing your pieces quickly, taking control of the center, castling your king into safety, getting your rooks onto open files, connecting your rooks, and there’s probably some I’m not thinking of right now.

    Then only learning the first 10 to 15 moves of only a handful of the most common openings (and common variations), and more importantly learning what both sides are trying to accomplish. There are lots of openings lectures on YouTube, and there are some on this website if you have a diamond membership.

    Lastly, tactics tactics tactics! Those are puzzles where you are asked to calculate and find the right moves for a particular position. Doing those on a regular basis is extremely important if you want to improve.
  • #7

    It's funny, I'm in the process of switching back to king-pawn open and then I read that AlphaGo zero prefers my current queen's gambit open.  Now I want to stay on queen's gambit because I think a lot of people might be starting to play this open ... and I should be as familiar with it as possible : )

     

  • #8

     You're absolutely Mickin MD. The best opening is the one you feel most comfortable with. Mine is the Grob against almost anything.!

  • #9

    1. g4 reversed Sicilian . . . 1. g4 2. Bg2 3. c4 4. cd 5. Qb3 like this

  • #10

    I like to play the English Opening or Queen's Pawn Opening followed by the Queen's Gambit.

  • #11

    Thanks so much buddies, @MickinMD you are awesome


    @USArmy I appreciate you.

    Thanks so much for the contributions

  • #12

    For someone seeking help with choosing openings, I usually bring up 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/
    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.
    https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
    Perhaps BishopKante 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)
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
    "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)
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-questions-and-a-dream-mate
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/picking-the-correct-opening-repertoire
    http://chess-teacher.com/best-chess-openings/
    https://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/build-your-opening-repertoire
    https://www.chess.com/blog/CraiggoryC/how-to-build-an-opening-repertoire
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/learning-an-opening-to-memorize-or-understand
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-perfect-opening-for-the-lazy-student
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-ways-to-learn-new-openings
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-understand-openings
    https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9035.pdf
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627110453/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen169.pdf
    https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9029.pdf
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/has-the-king-s-indian-attack-been-forgotten
    https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7277.pdf
    https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9033.pdf
    https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9050.pdf
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627104938/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen159.pdf
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627022042/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen153.pdf
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf
    "... 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)
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140626180930/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman06.pdf
    "... 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)
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140627055734/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen38.pdf
    "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)

  • #13
    mgx9600 wrote:

    It's funny, I'm in the process of switching back to king-pawn open and then I read that AlphaGo zero prefers my current queen's gambit open.  Now I want to stay on queen's gambit because I think a lot of people might be starting to play this open ... and I should be as familiar with it as possible : )

     

     

    All the more reason to stay with king's pawn openings!

  • #14

    i like Nh3

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