Opening Systems for White and Black

Chicken_Monster
FrogCDE wrote:

@Chicken_Monster, my opponent was much better than his rating suggested, as I knew from a previous game - one reason I was so cautious when playing him.

 

So you don't usually play the KIA unless you are worried about your opponent? (Don't want to put words in your mouth.) What do you usually play? I don't think anyway reads much other than the main forum....

 

FrogCDE

That was actually my only rated game with the Nf3 KIA. (I have played KIA against the French a few times.) I am basically an e4 player, but I get tempted by system openings from time to time, and have been through the Colle, the Colle-Zukertort, the Veresov, the London, Larsen's Opening and the Botvinnik English. It's not really because I'm worried about my opponents, more that I find the simplicity of the concept attractive - you just play the same way against everything! But my results have generally been much worse than when I play 1.e4.

FrogCDE

...and how could I forget? 1.Nc3.

Chicken_Monster

Then you should play that guy again and try 1.e4, which is what you are suite to or is what you have practiced the most.. I have multiple opening repertoires in mind, from ambitious with a fair amount to theory, to safe system play I will use if I even enter a tourney....but I play a variety of openings for practice online.

 

Chicken_Monster

Of course, I probably can play the more theoretical stuff at my level because my opponents in a tourney will have low ratings and will probably now know the theory, right?

najdorf96

Indeed. Much apologies for not "sharing" my friend, I guess I came in late in the discussion and totally missed your original (post #1) question!🤞🏻 Hmm, as it is I can also opine on that inline with my previous comments you hadn't quoted; however, first things first...do you even like playing d4 games? Because aside from learning the ColleZT, you also have to learn general theory, variations, lines stemming from QP games at one point or another when future opponents eventually become more booked up, well-read and knows how to side step certain lines or plays "anti-ColleZT" defenses/defensive schemes. Being a World Class player and talent, Susan Polgar also had trainers in her team who helped her build up the opening into a formidable offense. It's pretty awesome to study her games and watch her videos, unleashing slashing attacks vs all-comers and yeah I may have tried it once in awhile (I'm a 1. d4 player btw) with mixed results. Personally, having seriously studied it (in practice sessions, working out the pros n cons, playing over games, working & reworking concrete lines, abstract variations and practical positions arising from them etc) it turns out (for me as just a common, practical player) it's good once in while in casual games but ultimately it doesn't jive with my own philosophy of play. My overall game. My harmony, you know? I used to pattern my game around Bobby Fischer and started out as a KP guy as white, playing the Najdorf & King's Indian naturally of course. While the Najdorf & KID are permanently a part of my defensive repertoire (defensive philosophy as well-solid, strategic, initiative play opportunities) to this day, I've since added other stuff what I've deemed in keeping with my harmony too (Caro-Kann & QGD:Tartakower & Lasker) while obviously discarding the Dutch (Stonewall variation to exact) as a mainstay. As aforementioned, I became a d4 player namely because I like to open with a more of an practical, strategic, steady game. Not too wild, open and complicated in the beginning; I like to have the time to utilize my initiative take stock of the position and set up the attack. The Queens Gambit is as a universal an opening system as you're going to get methinks. Its nuances and strategies pervade DQP openings (Slav, Tarrasch, QGA) , Indians and many flank openings. That's why, if anything, I mentioned in my first comment that I absolutely advocate mainline theory first before delving into other trending openings. Seems old fashioned to some but then again, that's just my philosophy. What's your's? Again, best wishes my friend😉

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