Originally posted by ih8sensthat's a style, and yours and mine differ.
Lot of questions.. wow.
Hard to have a genuine 'style' in chess.. it's usually just about chosing the best moves.
When you have significant options your best bet is to stick to general principles about chess.
When there are STILL options available... take the most agressive one .
Originally posted by rubberjaw30My thoughts on your questions, by order asked:
my style of play involves (mind, I'm not very good at my style, but I am really trying to improve it.) closing off the position, playing positionally, and opening it back up again at a time of my choosing. if my opponent insists on staying aggressive, then I play defense until his attack has exhausted itself. then I counter-attack. my threefold question ...[text shortened]... what is the most closed response to 1. e4?
I'm thinking Modern, but I'm open to suggestions.
Originally posted by chessisvanityI already play the Kann all the time.
play 1...c6 if you want closed.
If white exchanges on d5...you'll be fine.
The post that was quoted here has been removedSort of agree. At Master level players have both a strong positional and tactical understanding, but tend to lean more toward one or the other, out of preference, and that is their style. At non-Master level (but beyond novice level), the player's understanding in certain facets of the game lags well beyond their understanding of other aspects; maybe they have good endgame technique, or sharp tactical ability but no positional understanding. So at Amateur level they prefer early endings, or sharp tactical melees not purely out of preference, but because this plays more to their strengths. In practice, though, this still pretty strongly resembles style.
Originally posted by rubberjaw30i play the caro-kann as my main e4 response, and the real main line is Game 4302205
I already play the Kann all the time.
and the reason I'm looking for something more, is I have no response for the following line, which is forced.
1. e4 c6
2. d4 d5
3. exd5 cxd5
4. c4 Nf6
and then most anything white plays, I have trouble with. this position scores astonishingly well for white, considering its a main line.
I can't even ever ...[text shortened]... me out with this line, so that I can at least achieve equality, I'd love to keep playing it.
Originally posted by jvanhineoh yes, I am very well acquainted with the main line...
i play the caro-kann as my main e4 response, and the real main line is Game 4302205
the most important thing to do in that c4 line is to take advantage of the IQP
Originally posted by jvanhinesure, let's go unrated, so there's no problem with helping each other out.
i know what you mean, i tested a few lines myself and didnt like the black side.. want to practice it with me?