Originally posted by Squelchbelch
Yes - I must remember this next time I play a roomfull of GM's.
What do you suggest? Semi-Slavs or Ruy Lopez from now on?
>Well, I'm strictly a 1.d4 player and haven't played 1.e4 in 6 years, so I never see double king pawn openings from either side of the board since I use the Sicilian, usually the Dragon Variation, as Black (occasionally I unavoidably get into a French as White by transposition), so I'm the wrong guy to seek advice on playing 1.e4.
>A Slav or Semi-Slav is basically Black's choice, not White's.
>My advice is simply to figure out what kind of player you are and what kind of positions you like. To keep this as simple as posible, if you like tactics and open games, go with 1.e4; if you like strategy and closed games, go with 1.d4.
>Pick three openings that fit in with this your chess personality (and ideally, all relate to each other - for example, the Sicilian as White relates to the English as Black), one with White, and two with Black (to respond to either 1.e4 or 1.d4) and stick with these through thick and thin until you understand them completely and/or get bored with them. After that, you'll have a much better understanding of where to go from there, because along the way you'll encounter all sorts of variations as well as transpositions being played against you and you'll have to learn those as you encounter them.