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  1. 03 Oct '08 13:23
    Is playing as white and having the first move an advantage (of any size) or is there no difference. Thoughts?
  2. 03 Oct '08 13:29
    Having the white color gives you the first move and with it the initiative. If you do something with that initiative, then yes it is of importance. If you play some random opening system like the Colle or the London system or King's Indian Attack or something else which doesn't pursue the initiative, then it is of little importance.
  3. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    03 Oct '08 13:29
    Originally posted by Klinger
    Is playing as white and having the first move an advantage (of any size) or is there no difference. Thoughts?
    It's not really a matter of thoughts. There is empirical evidence on this question and it is clearly that white does have an advantage. However, this advantage decreases as the quality of play decreases. At GM levels, the advantage is significant enough that drawing as black is considered a good result. At beginner levels, there's virtually no difference. I'm at 1600 and I'm not good enough to have noticed a big difference in winning chances based on which color I'm playing. In fact, I often used to fare better as black because I felt under less pressure to force things. The day I realized that I don't have to force things as white either, my chess improved significantly.
  4. 05 Oct '08 03:16
    Originally posted by sh76
    It's not really a matter of thoughts. There is empirical evidence on this question and it is clearly that white does have an advantage. However, this advantage decreases as the quality of play decreases. At GM levels, the advantage is significant enough that drawing as black is considered a good result. At beginner levels, there's virtually no difference. I'm a ...[text shortened]... alized that I don't have to force things as white either, my chess improved significantly.
    Good post!