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Roadchessmaster12345

If you are going against someone over the rating of 1300 in daily, what is the best opening to play as White?

1. d4, then playing the Queen’s Gambit

2. e4, playing Ruy Lopez

Vote below in the comments, 1. d4 or 1. e4

Chris_E_S3

1e4 is considered best and it supposedly leads to a more attacking game than 1d4. 1d4 is also one of the best opening moves (I like it 2nd best). Nf3 should also be considered but it is not my style.  Good luck!  

B1ZMARK

neither is better than the other.

Whichever one you know the best WILL BE THE BEST.

B1ZMARK

I've played 1.g3 twice against 2300 USCF players over the board.

In one of them, I got a better position but blundered, so 0-1 in me(1962) vs NM(2362)

The second time, I got a better position and won, so 1-0 in me(1976) vs IM(2387)

Gymstar074600

e4

KevinOSh

Is this meant to be advice for you, or a popularity poll?

Circumlocutions
d4 In my view but there’s really no difference so it depends which you prefer
co787

I’d say 1. e4

adityasaxena4

1.e4 and go for an Italian or Guioco Piano

1.d4 and go for a London with 2.Bf4 or Mason Attack Queens Pawn with 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 

1.Nf3 and aim for an Italian, Guioco Piano or Nimzowitsch Declined

1.f4 and go for a Vampire 

1.Nc3 and go for a Reversed Mexican Defence 

adityasaxena4

1.d4 you'll need to prepare for 1.c6 , 1.e6 , 1.g6 2.e6 , 1.h6 , 1.f6 , 1.a6 , 1.a5 , 1.b6 , 1.b5 and 1.a6 2.b5 systems no to mention 1.e6 2.Bb4+ systems like the Keres Defence or Bogo-Indian Defence via transposition from Keres Defence as in 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+....... oh and not to mention St George Defence with 1.d4 a6

1.e4 you'll need to prepare for Scandinavian, Sicilian, Franco-Benoni, Franco-Sicilian, Franco-Nimzowitsch, Nimzowitsch, Nimzowitsch Declined, Falkbeer, Carr ......

which is why I recommend 1.Nf3, 1.Nc3, 1.f4, or even 1.a4 

 

davesheeeee
I personally enjoy e4 more, I think it’s more flexible
Moothechicken
I play neither. c4, the English.
NikkiLikeChikki

LIterally doesn't matter. The win% at all levels for all of the top 15 to 20 openings at any level up to strong titled players is the same ± a percentage point or two. Play what you like. If someone gives you a long complicated reason why one is better than another it tells you more about their personal taste than the inherent qualities of the opening.

Gwendolynn97
D4 is safer if they are going to play a London variant
Orciety

e4 is the best opening move, but i prefer d4.

NikkiLikeChikki

I have a serious question: when someone says an opening is safer, what exactly does it mean? I hear it all the time, but I genuinely don't know what to make of it. Is it just the antonym of sharp? It seems to me if you have two openings, and they do statistically just as well, one is truly no safer than the other, you just may play longer.

Steven-ODonoghue
NikkiLikeChikki wrote:

I have a serious question: when someone says an opening is safer, what exactly does it mean? I hear it all the time, but I genuinely don't know what to make of it. Is it just the antonym of sharp? It seems to me if you have two openings, and they do statistically just as well, one is truly no safer than the other, you just may play longer.

If an opening is safe it usually means that it typically leads to positions that are free from weaknesses, not down material and where the king is safe and not at risk from attack in the near future etc. A similar meaning to the often misued term "solid".

For example: the caro-kann and Portugese gambit might score similarly, but they are essantially on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of how "safe" the positions they lead to are.

1.d4 also tends to have a "safer" reputation than 1.e4, but of course it depends on who is handling the pieces and how play proceeds.

NikkiLikeChikki

So pretty much as I thought. Assuming they score equally, it essentially means less sharp and less likely to lead to a quick checkmate by either side.