What opening should I use?

banana-head

Please help what opening you think is the best opening for me. Thanks for your help!

Ageiswisdom

The one that leads to the car park.

superdrewe53

Anything that doesn't lose

LM_player
Try using the birds opening! (f4)
GWTR

French and Old Indian as black

glhtf

dunno

MickinMD

Its hard to suggest an opening unless we know your tendencies in chess.  Are you an all-out attacker?  do you like closed positions because you have a strong strategic ability and can maneuver better?  If you can squeeze out a one Pawn edge in the endgame are you confident you can outplay your opponent, etc?

I don't think anyone can tell you what you "should" use but can show you openings while explaining the ideas behind them and what typical middlegames they generate.

The best thing to do is study openings on your own, making sure you understand WHY they work and trying out ones that fit your personality and skills best.

I just played White against the Sicilian - which is designed to be a Q-side counterattack by Black from move 1.  But my opponent didn't try to grab any Q-side space except with 1...c5, didn't threaten anything, castled K-side, and that allowed me to set up a Pawn Storm against his K, castle Q-side, and point all my pieces at his K until he was overwhelmed.  His lack of following-through on the ideas behind the Sicilian led directly to his loss.

graphenemarkings28
Any of them... People worry too much about picking 'the best opening' or one that 'suits their style'. Most of it is nonsense. Just pick one and play it consistently for a while. You'll probably get better in it if you do this, especially if you go back and analyse the games where you messed up the opening and find out what you should play next time you play against something similar.
AyoV

no matter what opening you choose, your opponent will give you a hard time!

Fixing_A_Hole

6 pool

kindaspongey

For someone seeking help with choosing openings, I usually bring up Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014).
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/
I believe that it is possible to see a fair portion of the beginning of Tamburro's book by going to the Mongoose Press site.
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Perhaps banana-head would also want to look at Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006).
"... For beginning players, [Discovering Chess Openings] will offer an opportunity to start out on the right foot and really get a feel for what is happening on the board. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
"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)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-questions-and-a-dream-mate
https://www.chess.com/article/view/picking-the-correct-opening-repertoire
http://chess-teacher.com/best-chess-openings/
https://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/build-your-opening-repertoire
https://www.chess.com/blog/CraiggoryC/how-to-build-an-opening-repertoire
https://www.chess.com/article/view/learning-an-opening-to-memorize-or-understand
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-perfect-opening-for-the-lazy-student
https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-ways-to-learn-new-openings
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-understand-openings
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9035.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627110453/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen169.pdf
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9029.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/has-the-king-s-indian-attack-been-forgotten
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7277.pdf
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9033.pdf
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9050.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627104938/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen159.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627022042/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen153.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf
"... Overall, I would advise most players to stick to a fairly limited range of openings, and not to worry about learning too much by heart. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)
"... Once you identify an opening you really like and wish to learn in more depth, then should you pick up a book on a particular opening or variation. Start with ones that explain the opening variations and are not just meant for advanced players. ..." - Dan Heisman (2001)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140626180930/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman06.pdf
"... To begin with, only study the main lines ... you can easily fill in the unusual lines later. ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... I feel that the main reasons to buy an opening book are to give a good overview of the opening, and to explain general plans and ideas. ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... If the book contains illustrative games, it is worth playing these over first ..." - GM John Nunn (2006)
"... the average player only needs to know a limited amount about the openings he plays. Providing he understands the main aims of the opening, a few typical plans and a handful of basic variations, that is enough. ..." - FM Steve Giddins (2008)
"... For inexperienced players, I think the model that bases opening discussions on more or less complete games that are fully annotated, though with a main focus on the opening and early middlegame, is the ideal. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2010)
"... Everyman Chess has started a new series aimed at those who want to understand the basics of an opening, i.e., the not-yet-so-strong players. ... I imagine [there] will be a long series based on the premise of bringing the basic ideas of an opening to the reader through plenty of introductory text, game annotations, hints, plans and much more. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627055734/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen38.pdf
"The way I suggest you study this book is to play through the main games once, relatively quickly, and then start playing the variation in actual games. Playing an opening in real games is of vital importance - without this kind of live practice it is impossible to get a 'feel' for the kind of game it leads to. There is time enough later for involvement with the details, after playing your games it is good to look up the line." - GM Nigel Davies (2005)

stanhope13

Try www.365chess.com Opening Explorer.

varelse1

what are you looking for out of an opening?

mickynj

It makes absolutely no difference! Any somewhat mainstream opening is plenty good enough. Don't waste time on this unimportant topic

markdragoumis
I would recommend Italian or English
RussBell

Principles of the Opening for Beginners.....chess.com article...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-principles-of-the-opening

Jeremy Silman article on understanding chess openings...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-understand-openings

A concise overview of all the major openings...for beginners...downloadable pdf format....

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/grownups/openings.pdf

General openings links....suggestions, recommendations for beginner-novice...

http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/ten-rules-opening

https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-for-beginners-the-opening2

https://www.chess.com/article/view/master-path-study-plan-the-opening-1

https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-for-intermediate-players-the-opening2

https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-for-advanced-players-the-opening-1

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-understand-openings

http://grandpatzerchess.blogspot.com/2007/03/openings-for-improving-players-part-1.html

http://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa02i07.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening

https://www.chess.com/forum/search?keyword=openings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21L45Qo6EIY

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL95D57046F196F063

http://chess.about.com/od/openings/tp/TopOpenings.htm

http://www.dwheeler.com/chess-openings/

http://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa05l17.htm

http://www.chesspublishing.com/content/repert.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/nf/chess/Openings.html

http://www.thechesswebsite.com/top-7-aggressive-chess-openings/

http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/links/openings.html

http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/taxonomy/term/9

https://www.chess.com/article/opening+theory

Gambits...

http://www.ianchessgambits.com/

https://chesslessons.wordpress.com/category/evans-gambit/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_gambits

Finally, a list of good openings books for those who have not yet added "Master" to their chess title...

Good Chess Openings Books for Beginners and Beyond....

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/good-chess-openings-books-for-beginners-and-beyond

Good luck!