Originally posted by plopzilla
I play black much much better than white OTB which is quite odd. I have put this down to the fact I don't really have any clue about any particular opening. I want to choose one opening and go really deep and study it but cannot make up my mind which to choose. Everyone seems ot have their pet line.
My fide is 1800 which is not too bad considering I don't ! (be a man!)
anyway any advice in choosing a white opening would be appreciated, thanks.
You should play what you want to play and if that is different tomorrow so be it, because they are all just moves to be honest. Every opening has a closed/stonewall/advanced variation, an open variation, a four pawns attack, a boring exchange variation, and some rabid attacking/gambit option, oh, and a "quiet line" with a small centre. You can choose to some degree whether to lock horns early or late, to complicate or to simplify.
Knowing roughly what to do in open positions, closed positions, minority and majority attacks is probably of greater use than learning pages of specific lines which your opponent may simply avoid. They occur in every game whereas your opening line may occur once in thirty games. I would also rid yourself of any notion that one opening move is more "tactical" than another. Rubbish. Is the Linares Variation of the Queens Gambit Accepted any more or less complicated than the Botvinnik Semi Slav, Najdorf Sicilian, Double Muzio King's Gambit or whatever? You either see the tactics or you don't. Post Mortems will tell you that.
Pawn Riot is right in that the last thing that should influence you is the current fashion of any particular Grand Master. They will choose opening moves for very different reasons to us and prepare something different for their next tournament anyway.
I do not believe there is any sole correct opening and, short of a forced winning line much of chess "theory" is simply "opinion" based on more or less experience, hearsay, computer evaluations etc. Easy to be confused. Best to forget all that and simplify one's approach to what one can see for one's self.
Edit: And of course this is no more than my opinion dressed up as advice. Take it or leave it.