Originally posted by lawrence40
Anyhoo, I just wanted anyone's opinion on their favorite openings. I always play e4 as white, and that leads to little problem. However, as black, I am told I attack too early with e5 and that I should look into something more defensive, like a fiancetto. (b6 followed by Bb7 or g6 followed by Bg7) I am looking for anyone's input on this, and why.
Do you mean that 1. ... e5 is too agressive, or that after playing 1. ... e5 you play too agressively later? 1. ... e5 leads to a set of perfectly good defences. You can combine 1. ... e5 with a kingside fianchetto which is the basis of the Zaitzev variation of the Ruy Lopez (Spanish).
On balance I agree with Schwarzer Ritter, although you don't have to choose the defences he listed. Get a basic repetoire you can rely on and then vary it by trying out one or two different openings at a time. Try to avoid the tempation to try out loads of different variations - you need to be able to cope with the middle game positions that arise from these things, which takes time to get your head around. Also don't go for novelty openings like the Grob (it can be useful, but it's value is more to confuse opponents in OTB games).
Also you have to understand that what opening technology is is technology, which your opponent has access to as well, you'll win more games by understanding how to convert slight endgame advantages than learning some 20 move long variation that comes up once every 50 games.