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  1. 13 Jun '07 16:32
    Any recomendations for a few openings to try and master? This is from the point of veiw of someone who normally moves randomly at the start of games and knows nothing about the various advantages or disadvantages of any openings.
  2. 13 Jun '07 16:35
    Originally posted by Jake Ellison
    Any recomendations for a few openings to try and master? This is from the point of veiw of someone who normally moves randomly at the start of games and knows nothing about the various advantages or disadvantages of any openings.
    King or Queen's Gambit as white, Sicilian of some type (I like the dragon) against 1.e4 and against 1.d4 maybe a Budapest Gambit or Slav/Semi-Slav.

    There are hundreds of openings you could use and still win with, it just all depends on style and preference.
  3. 13 Jun '07 16:39
    I'll have a look at those then. Thanks.
  4. 13 Jun '07 16:43 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Jake Ellison
    Any recomendations for a few openings to try and master? This is from the point of veiw of someone who normally moves randomly at the start of games and knows nothing about the various advantages or disadvantages of any openings.
    You should use some books or databases and look through some openings and find the one you are comfortable with.

    1.e4 e5 compared to 1.e4 c5 leads to very different games.

    Some people like to be cramped and then strike back at the center while others want an equal share of the center right away. Really depends what you prefer.

    I think 1.e4 e5 is easy to play and learn.

    Edit: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/explorer

    Look through that for some openings you like.
  5. 13 Jun '07 16:53
    I think I'd go for an equal share. Not that great at striking back. But then againk, maybe I should practise that.
  6. 13 Jun '07 16:57
    Originally posted by Jake Ellison
    I think I'd go for an equal share. Not that great at striking back. But then againk, maybe I should practise that.
    Game 3652310

    Looks like you're already a 1...e5 player. I think you should probably study 1...e5 openings - focus particularly on the Ruy Lopez and Giuoco Piano/Two Knights Defense (whatever you choose to focus on) and you should probably go for a slav/semi-slav against 1.d4.
  7. 13 Jun '07 16:57
    Originally posted by Jake Ellison
    I think I'd go for an equal share. Not that great at striking back. But then againk, maybe I should practise that.
    Look through some of those openings adn then post the ones you like.

    If you like an equal share then probably 1.e4 e5 as Black.
  8. 13 Jun '07 17:38
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Game 3652310

    Looks like you're already a 1...e5 player. I think you should probably study 1...e5 openings - focus particularly on the Ruy Lopez and Giuoco Piano/Two Knights Defense (whatever you choose to focus on) and you should probably go for a slav/semi-slav against 1.d4.
    Learn the Traxler variation of the FLA.
    If you accept 3-5 minutes blitz games here or on uchess as black against -1500 players & they open 1.e4, many times they go for the Fried Liver:

    1.e4...e5
    2.Nf3...Nc6
    3.Bc4...Nf6
    4.Ng5...Bc5?!
    5.Nxf7...Bxf2+


    Often they then play
    6.Kxf2
    then the virtually forced 6...Qe7
    7.Nxh8...Qc5+

    & it's anybody's game.

    white to move


    Thing is, they were expecting a juicy attack on your K, maybe bringing it to the center of the board, but instead they have entered a minefield!

    If you habitually play 1...e5 then you must learn the Traxler if you value tactical fun, especially in blitz.
  9. Standard member bannedplayer306509
    Best Loser
    13 Jun '07 17:42 / 2 edits
    The traxler is perfectly fine in CC too. I'll post a few games I've played in it... it is FUN. Hard too though. a single slipup and your game is lost as black or white.

    Here's one game I played that was quite fun... can't find any others right now.

    Game 3533228

    Here's another I just found... Game 3475013 .. against a higher rated player too.
  10. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    13 Jun '07 17:51
    Originally posted by Jake Ellison
    Any recomendations for a few openings to try and master? This is from the point of veiw of someone who normally moves randomly at the start of games and knows nothing about the various advantages or disadvantages of any openings.
    1. g4!!

    It beats all comers!
  11. 13 Jun '07 17:52
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    1. g4!!

    It beats all comers!
    1.f3!!!>!.g4?!
  12. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    13 Jun '07 18:01
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    1. g4!!

    It beats all comers!
    I think - its for people with rating at least 1700-1800
  13. 13 Jun '07 19:23
    Originally posted by Patzergrl
    1.f3!!!>!.g4?!
    Only if followed by 2.Kf2!
  14. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    13 Jun '07 22:26
    Originally posted by Korch
    I think - its for people with rating at least 1700-1800
    Probably right!

    1. g4 is not for the faint hearted and those that struggle with basic tactics. In fact it should probably not be played by the brave and tactically proficient player against strong opposition.

    ... but if you are seeking a fun and different game then with 1. g4 you will get it.
  15. 13 Jun '07 22:28
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire
    1. g4!!

    It beats all comers!
    Yeah, it's getting old, we all know 1.g4 isn't good - only playable.