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  1. 14 Jun '07 00:18
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
  2. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    14 Jun '07 00:29
    sicilian...i do d4...i think its easier for lower players...at least it is for me...
  3. 14 Jun '07 00:29
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    Play the open variation 2. Nf3 and read a bit of theory. There's just too much to cover with a few tips.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicilian_Defense

    Or avoid all the theory and play the Smith-Morra Gambit:

    2. d4!? cxd4
    3. c3
  4. 14 Jun '07 00:31
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    I doubt the opening is your problem.
  5. 14 Jun '07 00:37
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    I doubt the opening is your problem.
    hahaha

    indeed, the opening is just one of my many problems
  6. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    14 Jun '07 00:38
    lol...i think he means focusing on tactics..
  7. 14 Jun '07 00:43
    Originally posted by jvanhine
    lol...i think he means focusing on tactics..
    Yeah, sorry, I just meant that at your level openings aren't priority.
  8. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    14 Jun '07 01:07
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    New players should avoid studying the openings, instead learning tactics and endgames. Once that is understood, when you study openings, learn the main lines first. Hence:

    1.e4 c5
    2. Nf3 (black plays d6 or Nc6, or even g6)
    3. d4
  9. 14 Jun '07 01:27
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nc3

    This one is pretty easy to play for White. It isn't great but for begineers it not opening. Easy and straight forward development.
  10. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    14 Jun '07 01:27
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    2.c3, Alapin Variation or 2.f4, Grand Prix Attack.
  11. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    14 Jun '07 03:57
    Originally posted by Drew L
    I'm new to chess. Any tips for moving as white after 1. e4c5 cause I am having trouble with those. Thanks
    I would agree with Ramiri and try out the Smith-Morra Gambit:

    1. e4 c5
    2. d4 exd4
    3. c3 dxc3
    4. Nxc3

    Until you put a few points on, I wouldn't worry with the complexity of the open Sicilian.
  12. 14 Jun '07 12:29 / 1 edit
    1)Moves & all rules
    2)Tactics
    3)Basic checkmates
    4)Tactics
    5)Endgame
    6)Tactics
    7)Strategy
    8)Opening theory
    9)Tactics

    You might think that you have to learn openings because other people rated around 1000-1200 may know a couple.
    Thing is, if you concentrate on basic opening principles you really don't need to study opening theory until you get to at least 1400-1500+.

    Do yourself a massive favour & buy 2 books which are all you'll ever need until you reach 1500

    Logical chess move by move - Irving Chernev
    Winning chess tactics - Yasser Sierawan

    Then send me the cheque in a year or so


    Edit:
    For what it's worth, I always go with the Morra against 1...c5 & have an 80%+ win record with it in 25 games.
    It's highly tactical though, incredibly sharp & if you miss a tactic you are history.
    I would never recommend it to a novice because they may not understand the key moves & move order changes depending on the black defence. A piece sac on b5 or a seemingly random pawn push from e4-e5 may not make the slightest bit of sense to a beginner & that's just for starters...
  13. 14 Jun '07 17:47
    in almost any opening, look for ways to develop your pieces, controll the center and try to avoid frivolous pawn moves. Look at your opponents moves and think, how does this controll the center or develop their pieces? and then look for an equal or better response. Often times tension builds around certain squares that one side wants to controll and use for an attack. Yet, the most important thing to watch for is tactics. Openings are a small part of the game at your level.