Originally posted by ivan2908
I started to play chess seriously about year ago. I always played e4 as white (switching to italian or ruy lopez) and e5 as black. Recently I purchased a few good chess books (Silman's books, Chernev's Logical chess) and decided to learn well Queen pawn opening and English opening as white, and sicilian only as black. I want to get familiar with other openi ...[text shortened]... a few of all most common openings, defences, variations...
I don't know where to start
Re: 3. English opening (something like reversed sicilian is common ????)
Yes, this is the most common. However, it is typically more of a reversed closed sicillian since white now has an extra move (that doesn't mean it has to be so, that is simply common). You may also play the dutch or any of the indian systems (kings, queens, nimzo/bogo) against this. Within the 1... e5 lines, there are a few variants mainly revolving around weather you play c6 and d5 or you play a reversed gran prix (2... f5) or if you bring your knights to the sixth your dark square bishop can go to c5, b4 e7 or even be fianchettoed.
In the symetric game, There are lots of variations, the Double Fianchetto Defense, Rubinstein and Hedgehog all spring to mind. There are more variats based on white playing an early d4 too but I don't know their names.
Kings Pawn, after 1. e4 against the french 3. Nc3 with 5. Bd2 against the winawer and the alekhine (?) gambit ( 3... Nf6, Bg5, Be7, e5, Nbd7, h4!?) against the classical.
Against 1 .. d5 I play mainlines and will try to transpose into a panov attack (against the caro kahn) if they play 2... Nf6
Against the sicillian, I play the open game, including the freak attack 6. Rg1 against the najdorf, the Yugoslav against the dragon etc.
After 1. e4 e5 I play the Petrov (2. Nf3 Nf6).
I don't play 1. d4 but I do play the benko gambit and nimzo indian with the black pieces.
Knowing all the openings is generally worthless, just choose 1 defense to each common play as white and you are set. In a year, add another if you are bored.