Originally posted by gaychessplayer
A very dynamic "defense" for Black is the Tchigorin Defense: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 Nc6. Super-GM Morozovich played it often and with success, and has recently written a book on the opening.
A safe and solid approach to the Queen's Gambit is the Tarkakower Variation, which involves the following moves: 1...d5, 2...e6, 3...Nf6, 4...Be7, 5...O-O, 6...b ...[text shortened]... archive.html. Click on the article titled "Creating an Easy Opening Repertoire for Black."
it doesn't work against 1. c4, either...
thought I'd point that out...
and you can't just give the poor lad those moves as "automatic"
what if white plays 3. cxd5 ?
he'll be lost! playing 0-0 and the such!