Your favorite chess opening

  1. 4 years ago

    Yotta

    Aug 29 Administrator

    I was wondering what other people's favorite chess openings are and why?

    My favorite openings are to move the pawns in front of my King and Queen, to try and put pressure on the center area of the board. In my experience, if you gain control of the center, your chances of winning are usually better.

  2. I remember you trying out that idea in one of our matches. You almost got me with it too ;)

  3. Yotta

    Aug 30 Administrator

    Thanks Chinchin120, that means a lot coming from the current ChessConquest #1 player.

  4. 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...

  5. tallfred

    Aug 30 Moderator

    In the spirit of Antediluvian's reply, I suppose I could air my own preferences.
    As white I will almost always play 1.e4 because of the dynamic play it provides. If Black responds with 1...e5 I like to play the Spanish Exchange (2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nc6 4. Bxc6) because it creates an unbalanced position with lots of opportunity for strategic invention.

    If black plays the Sicilian I am happy to play 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 followed by d4 and see what system he has cooked up for me. Variety is the spice of life.

    If black plays the French, I also play the Tarrasch, but I have not settled on an answer to the Caro-Kan. I suppose that I will play whatever system I feel for on the day.

    As black I have no fixed response to e4. I sometimes play the Alekhine (1. e4 Nf6), sometimes 1... e5 and sometimes the Sicilian, aiming for the Dragon. Usually my Sicilian opponents play a closed game though, with Nc3 and d3, frustrating my desire to get to know the Dragon.

    I like to play the Benko Gambit as an attacking response to systems with 1.d4, and fall back on the Kings Indian when white prevents me from playing it.

    And that's me.

  6. I seriously need to look at chess openings - I don't even know what half of what you are talking about means!!*&#@[email protected]!!!

    I tend to try and play either the English opening or otherwise play something defensive (g6 or so), waiting for the oponent to over-stretch themselves ...

  7. Yotta

    Sep 2 Administrator

    FritzSolms I seriously need to look at chess openings - I don't even know what half of what you are talking about means!!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    I did some opening theory back in the day while I played at school, but probably need to look into it a bit more to take my chess game to the next level.

  8. Any opening can get my attention as long as it involves gambits and sacrifices somewhere in it.
    I usually get bored staring at too many pieces on the board searching for some activities, and finding none.
    And my friend Antediluvian just knows how to punish me with such positions!

  9. Yotta

    Sep 15 Administrator
    Edited 4 years ago by Yotta

    Antediluvian 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.

    Since this seems to be a popular opening, I've created a conversion for the Ruy Lopez opening where everyone can post their ideas and thoughts about this opening.

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