What is the best opening?


Ruy Lopez?

According to the computers, it is Nf3.

However in my opinion it is Ruy Lopez, if black pieces are dumb enough to let white create it.
Reti opening?




"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)

The March 2019 issue of Chess lists the top twenty openings compiled from a list of 2458 January games where both players were rated over 2400 Elo. One can not take position on this list too seriously because it is greatly influenced by how the openings are grouped. For example, all the Retis are grouped together, while English is separated into 1...c5, 1...e5, etc. Nevertheless, for what it is worth, some of the list entries are: 180 Retis, 129 Caro-Kanns, 102 King's Indians, 84 Nimzo-Indians, 80 declined Queen's Gambits, 74 Najdorf Sicilians, 69 Slavs, 60 1...e5 Englishes, 58 1...Nf6 Englishes, 53 Berlin Ruy Lopezes, 51 1...c5 Englishes, 50 Kan Sicilians, 50 Giuoco Pianos, 49 Classical Gruenfelds, 46 3 Nxe5 Petroffs, and 44 Taimanov Sicilians.

"... A typical way of choosing an opening repertoire is to copy the openings used by a player one admires. ... However, what is good at world-championship level is not always the best choice at lower levels of play, and it is often a good idea to choose a 'model' who is nearer your own playing strength. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)



kindaspongey not correct. Best way to chose opening is not by googling some outmoded, lame quotes. 949 will tell wizard how to chose opening:

1) 1 e4 c5, when playing black. This is called Sicilian.

2) 1 d4, the against practically any move black makes, play 2 c4.

That’s basically all you need to know to get going. Play, and play those openings over and over again until they are engrained in your mind. See then, if white gives 1. d4 instead of 1. e4, you know how to respond because you’ve played the 1. d4 line so much on white yourself. This is very simple stuff.

3) if you advance into chess competitively, with clocked games, then it can get very fun and juicy. That’s when you might start trying to do what kindaspongey recommends.


Around 2010, IM John Watson wrote, "... For players with very limited experience, ... the Sicilian Defence ... normally leaves you with little room to manoeuvre and is best left until your positional skills develop. ... I'm still not excited about my students playing the Sicilian Defence at [the stage where they have a moderate level of experience and some opening competence], because it almost always means playing with less space and development, and in some cases with exotic and not particularly instructive pawn-structures. ... if you're taking the Sicilian up at [say, 1700 Elo and above], you should put in a lot of serious study time, as well as commit to playing it for a few years. ..."

In 2014, Pete Tamburro wrote, "... You will see [in Openings for Amateurs] the reply to 1.e4 to be the great reply of the open games with 1...e5. The Sicilian Dragon is presented as an alternative. ... I have found that scholastic players take to the Sicilian Dragon very quickly. ... A cautionary note: the Dragon is good at club level, but as you start facing better players you're going to find yourself memorizing tons of lines and the latest analysis, ... From my experience with coaching players below 1800, you won't need to do that too much. ..."


Seems fair

It’s early not helpful to talk about recommending openings beyond the first 3 to 4 moves. This is because your opponent is not going to cooperate and let you have the exact series of moves you practiced. In Sicilian, saying Dragon makes the moves seem very sexy for black, and they are. But simply playing those moves without paying attention to White’s moves is fool-hardy, of course.

Get a basic understanding of the following opting moves in Sicilian, then just play
1) Dragon
2) Najdorf
3) Alapin, an attempt by white to break the power of black c5 pawn

Also, if black try to play d4 at some point in Sicilian, almost always take white d4 pawn with black c5 pawn. There is plenty of space for black in Sicilian. kindaspongey just google quotes like anyone can do.