I am looking for some help with my opening play. Specifically, an opening that allows me to "slow down" a game. Most times when I lose to higher ranked players it is due to my poor setups (which I am working on). Because of those poor setups, I often fall behind quickly because of piece count. I know that by learning to recognize openings will help by default, but is there a decent opening that tends to cater towards more defensive play?
I'd appreciate both white & black suggestions.
Also, keep in mind that even as white, I would not oppose losing the momentum advantage while I work on this aspect of my game.
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