What is your favorite opening after e4 e5?

Nic_Olas

They are all cool in their own ways. It really depends on how you play them though. I have been going through a book on Morphy's games and there is a petroff in there where Thomas Barnes plays black. I thought of the petroff as a slow, boring opening and used to never really play it. Morphy plays a Gambit with 3.Bc4 and loses! It's also just as sharp as any Kings Gambit I have seen. Of course the moves played in these games all have refutations but people don't usually remember the refutations to a move that is forgotten in the first place.

Vanhinov
Nic_Olas wrote:

They are all cool in their own ways. It really depends on how you play them though. I have been going through a book on Morphy's games and there is a petroff in there where Thomas Barnes plays black. I thought of the petroff as a slow, boring opening and used to never really play it. Morphy plays a Gambit with 3.Bc4 and loses! It's also just as sharp as any Kings Gambit I have seen. Of course the moves played in these games all have refutations but people don't usually remember the refutations to a move that is forgotten in the first place.

The Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit... probably reachable more frequently by the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 where a position like this is reached.

Thomas Barnes has more wins against Morphy than anyone else... but he had more games against him than elites like Anderssen.

MickinMD

As White I like the Bishop's Opening, Vienna Game, and Giuoco Piano - the Bishop's Opening can often transpose into the other two without any of the weird games that result from ...Nxe4 Nxe4 and then ...d5 forks your B at c4 and your N at e4.

Very often, you can get in f4 around the 5th move, reaching a favorable position in the King's Gambit Declined and from there you can often move O-O-O then f5 and start a Pawn charge on the K-side while Black's heavy pieces are blocked over on the Q-side due to your d3, e4, f5 Pawn Chain.

 

rjbuffchix

TC, what do you mean "after" e4 e5...? Not all of us grovel at the altar of chess orthodoxy. I would go so far as to say e4 e5 is my LEAST favorite! As for my favorite, check out my games. I make my OWN opening! Buffbird's as White, Buffchixwins' Defense as Black!

Nicholas166
Hermione2008 wrote:
Max Lange attack.

Cool 😎 

Nic_Olas

so buffchix, no interest in the games of Levon Aronian? MVL? Rubinstein? Kramnik? Caruana? Hou Yifan? Smyslov? Geller? Spassky? They all play e4 e5 and they all have exciting games with those systems.

defenserulz
Nicholas166 wrote:

What is your favorite opening after e4 e5?


I play the Italian.  Seems like it's not very popular at the highest levels of chess, which makes me wonder about it (in terms of White having an advantage), but I like it a lot for it aggressive style (as White).

ghjqwe

Italian game. It is the best

chadnilsen
ghjqwe wrote:

Italian game. It is the best

Says pretty much all the beginners. Pros usually play the Ruy Lopez which has a better win percentage for white.

iceman073

Ruy Lopez's Spanish Opening!

Nic_Olas

There are lots of recent examples of top GM's playing the Italian to avoid the Berlin Ruy. Think 2016 world championship. Kramnik and karjakin regularly play it. Not unheard of from Caruana either.

Nicholas166
chadnilsen wrote:
ghjqwe wrote:

Italian game. It is the best

Says pretty much all the beginners. Pros usually play the Ruy Lopez which has a better win percentage for white.

I don’t like Ruy Lopez 

Nicholas166

And me 1300 hundred

Jacob166
Nicholas166 wrote:
chadnilsen wrote:
ghjqwe wrote:

Italian game. It is the best

Says pretty much all the beginners. Pros usually play the Ruy Lopez which has a better win percentage for white.

I don’t like Ruy Lopez 


adiprentice

Wayward Queen works for me

DJRick9

Knight C3 or F3

Nicholas166
Jacob166 wrote:
Nicholas166 wrote:
chadnilsen wrote:
ghjqwe wrote:

Italian game. It is the best

Says pretty much all the beginners. Pros usually play the Ruy Lopez which has a better win percentage for white.

I don’t like Ruy Lopez 

 

Why you doing this Jacob?

kindaspongey

The January 2018 issue of Chess lists the top twenty openings compiled from a list of 2740 October 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: 175 Retis, 121 King's Indians, 106 Caro-Kanns, 93 Slavs, 89 Nimzo-Indians, 86 declined Queen's Gambits, 65 1...Nf6 Englishes, 63 Najdorf Sicilians, 57 1...e5 Englishes, 55 Guioco Pianos, 53 1...c5 Englishes, 53 Kan Sicilians, 51 Queen's Indians, 47 accepted Queen's Gambits, 47 Catalans, and 45 Berlin Lopezes.