Anyone that has played me probably knows what my favourite openings are! I don't mix it up that much anymore; I prefer to follow the same ideas, which I believe to be the strongest for each common continuation.
These days I will generally play e4 with white. If 1.. e5, then 2. Nf3, and if 2.. Nc6, then I'll play the Ruy Lopez (3. Bb5), and try out various things from there. If the opponent is relatively weak, then I'll go for the Scotch opening (3. d4).
If black goes for the French, then I'll play the Tarrasch (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2), eventually followed by c3, Be3, Ne2, but depends on how I feel.
If the Sicilian is played, then I go for the open Sicilian main line, and just keep it solid and simple - if it's a strong opponent then the Sicilian is very intimidating.
If it's the Caro-Kann then I'll just play solidly, and go for the two-knights variation (starting with 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3).
If I play black, then I really don't stray too much from the norm. I'll always play the Sicilian in response to 1. e4, and then go for the Najdorf (.. c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d5 cxd5 4. Nxd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6). I always stick to this because I really want to master the numerous variations that come out of it.
In response to 1. d5 I'll always play Nf6, probably going into the King's Indian, or if I'm looking for fun and opportunity permits, then it's the Benko gambit (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5).
If it's the English (1. c4) I'll normally play g6, just because. And if it's the Reti (1. Nf3) then I'll just go Nf6.
There are just so many choices in chess, so I find it useful to stick to predetermined ideas and systems, and to try build experience onto them. Anything new or different and I'll improvise.
So now you all know the outline of my opening repertoire! It sort of encourages me to now learn some new things...
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