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  1. Standard member Grampy Bobby
    Boston Lad
    04 Dec '10 14:39
    Least/Most Prefered Opening Moves...



    Least: Ho hum frontal E4/D4. Most: Flank pawns with knights & bishops

    in the fray. Why? Why not? If not us, whom? If not now, when? Yours?


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  2. 04 Dec '10 14:56 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Least/Most Prefered Opening Moves...



    Least: Ho hum frontal E4/D4. Most: Flank pawns with knights & bishops

    in the fray. Why? Why not? If not us, whom? If not now, when? Yours?


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    it appears to me GB that in the case of the queen pawn, because it is protected no one can really stop you from advancing it into the centre, at least in the beginning, so in the case of moves like ...c5, these merely take the sting out of it, now that being the case, then on ones first move, at least as white, one can with the greatest freedom put his king pawn in the centre safe in the knowledge that the queen pawn cannot be stopped.

    read a little anecdote about the seventy year old Lasker, that great American, i think it was from Kasparovs great predecessor, in which he quotes Lasker, 'we read of the hyper modern that after making a series of moves they are able to report, white managed to get in .e4, a move that they could have accomplished at the very first try.'
  3. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    04 Dec '10 16:04
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Least/Most Prefered Opening Moves...



    Least: Ho hum frontal E4/D4. Most: Flank pawns with knights & bishops

    in the fray. Why? Why not? If not us, whom? If not now, when? Yours?


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    1.e4, because after 1. e4, you have the maximum number of second moves.
  4. Standard member pdunne
    Badmaster
    04 Dec '10 16:38
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    1.e4, because after 1. e4, you have the maximum number of second moves.
    So does that make it your least or most preferred move?! ;-)
  5. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    04 Dec '10 16:42
    Originally posted by pdunne
    So does that make it your least or most preferred move?! ;-)
    Most =S
  6. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    04 Dec '10 19:34
    Wait for your opponent to overreach. Play a knight out, then back home. Losing time puts pressure on the poor sap, who must now beat you fast to show what an idiot you are
  7. 05 Dec '10 01:34
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Least/Most Prefered Opening Moves...



    Least: Ho hum frontal E4/D4. Most: Flank pawns with knights & bishops

    in the fray. Why? Why not? If not us, whom? If not now, when? Yours?


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    it seems to me that no one has asked you GB 🙂
  8. 05 Dec '10 01:57
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Least: Ho hum frontal E4/D4.
    Well, the boys and girls that know what they are doing sure seem to play 1 e4 and 1 d4 a lot, don't they? Ho hum? Well pop off the 1 N-f3....1 g3.... or, what the hell, 1 b4 and let's push the pieces around. 🙂 There is no perfect opening where you win everytime, so all I want from the opening 10 moves or so is to be in a playable middle game. Barring blunders I get that with 1 d4. Your results may vary. 😉
  9. Subscriber dzirilli
    Duchampion
    05 Dec '10 03:28
    I'm going to keep playing 1. e4 until I get good at it.
  10. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    05 Dec '10 03:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Flank pawns with knights & bishops

    in the fray.
    These two strings walk up to a bar. The first string walks in and orders and the bartender throws him out and yells "I don't serve strings in this bar. The other string ruffs himself up on the street and curls up and orders. The bartender shouts, "Hey, didn't you hear what I told your buddy?"
    The string says "Yeah."
    The bartender says, "aren't you a string?"
    The string says, "No, I'm a frayed knot..."
  11. 05 Dec '10 05:21
    I always play 1.e4 because it gives my King a flight square (e2) of a different colour.

    1.d4 and the flight square (d2) is the same colour as e1.

    That's how deep I look into my games. On move one I'm thinking of
    flight squares for my King. 🙂
  12. 05 Dec '10 05:40
    I will go for mostly d4. e4 is my second and the last choice. The reason is to ensure my minor pieces can be developed with minimum pawn moves. On top of that d4 and e4 maximize good squares for placement of my minor pieces.
  13. 05 Dec '10 11:03
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    These two strings walk up to a bar. The first string walks in and orders and the bartender throws him out and yells "I don't serve strings in this bar. The other string ruffs himself up on the street and curls up and orders. The bartender shouts, "Hey, didn't you hear what I told your buddy?"
    The string says "Yeah."
    The bartender says, "aren't you a string?"
    The string says, "No, I'm a frayed knot..."
    muhaha!
  14. 05 Dec '10 15:58
    Fischer annotating one of Steinitz's games.

    1.e4 ....

    "The players of 1862 knew something very valuable the players of today
    would do well to make note of: 1.d4 leads to nothing."
  15. Standard member Grampy Bobby
    Boston Lad
    05 Dec '10 16:20
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie

    it seems to me that no one has asked you GB 🙂
    Interesting conversation in progress among players of varying levels

    of prowess, diverse points of view and strongly held convictions!