Is "White" Better Than "Black" When You're Playing Chess?

zmfwy
Look at this one, if I was playing as white, I don’t know what black is doing

But this one: I see if white goes e4 or d4 or else stuff


 I know why I would play as black: you go second but it’s secretly an advantage: you get to see what move there planning: here I will show you

 

 

 

qrayons

It depends on the game. If I'm white, then black is better. If I'm black, then white is better.

KnuppelBerry
qrayons wrote:

It depends on the game. If I'm white, then black is better. If I'm black, then white is better.

Ha!  So true....

ponz111

if I am playing White--I think I have better winning chances.  If I am playing Black-I think I have better winning chances!?

NoahRook
Yes, white has first move but blacks span of openings have been proven to have more overall sway and control of the game. Black certainly has the advantage in defending, which is a very strong aspect of the game.
m_connors

In theory, yes. The game starts "in balance" (even) and with White's first move the game moves out of balance. Assuming White makes a strong move, the balance shifts in his favour and the "best" Black can do is to try to restore balance (evenness). Theory pretty much goes out the window after several moves unless both players are world class GMs. (And, of course, White could make a terrible first move and give the advantage to Black . . .)