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  1. 28 May '06 01:54
    im having trouble as black since i play a lot of e4 games what are your thoughts on good openings against d4
  2. 28 May '06 01:59
    KID, QDG, QGA, Nimzo, take your pick.
  3. Standard member GalaxyShield
    Mr. Shield
    28 May '06 02:00
    c5
  4. 28 May '06 02:02
    Originally posted by GalaxyShield
    c5
    The Benoni.
  5. 28 May '06 02:14
    Queen's Indian and Nimzo Indian are my choices. The Grunfeld is nice too.
  6. Standard member Red Night
    RHP Prophet
    28 May '06 03:26
    Originally posted by Akashic
    Queen's Indian and Nimzo Indian are my choices. The Grunfeld is nice too.
    I play a lot of the Nimzo/QID. But I sometimes play the Cambridge Springs. There are a lot of traps in the Cambridge.

    Everyone on the site seems to play the Slav or the Tarrasch.

    Look at the Cambridge Springs.
  7. 28 May '06 03:44
    Originally posted by kmac27
    im having trouble as black since i play a lot of e4 games what are your thoughts on good openings against d4
    If you must ask this question, then avoid the kid and benoni defenses.
  8. 28 May '06 07:06 / 1 edit
    I like the Benko Gambit.

    1.d4 Nf6
    2.c4 c5
    3.d5 b5!?

    The nice thing about this gambit is that it is a positional sacrifice based on black's gaining a superior pawn structure and moving his heavy artillery on the a and b files. You can even head straight for an endgame, in a lot of positions, a pawn down.
  9. 28 May '06 15:12
    I just play Nimzo/Queen's Indian right now.
  10. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    28 May '06 15:35
    If you don't know what to play, then meet d4 with d5, e4 with e5, c4 with c5.

    Indeed, the Semi-Slav may be the most solid response to 1.d4, but like other posters I have a certain fondness for the Volga (Benko) Gambit. See http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/wulebgr/Games/leveretthouse.htm
  11. 28 May '06 19:34
    I currently play e4 e5, d4 d5, c4 e5.. getting good results with the symmetric ones. Think it does teach you better somehow.
  12. 28 May '06 19:51
    Originally posted by demonseed
    I like the Benko Gambit.

    1.d4 Nf6
    2.c4 c5
    3.d5 b5!?

    The nice thing about this gambit is that it is a positional sacrifice based on black's gaining a superior pawn structure and moving his heavy artillery on the a and b files. You can even head straight for an endgame, in a lot of positions, a pawn down.
    I'll second this choice however there are some very difficult lines for black (the Rb1 lines) which I don't yet have a line against that I like.

    The nimzo is a very very solid choice of many grandmasters and is fairly easy to play.
  13. 28 May '06 19:54
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    If you don't know what to play, then meet d4 with d5
    That's what I started with, but I found the resulting openings difficult to understand. Now I play the Dutch. I don't have much experience with it yet (there aren't that many d4 players at TFC), but so far it suits me quite well.
  14. 30 May '06 00:57 / 1 edit
    Anybody here play the Budapest Gambit? And with the Benko, what if white plays 3.dxc5 instead of d5??
  15. 30 May '06 01:17 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    And with the Benko, what if white plays 3.dxc5 instead of d5??
    Black simply plays Na6 (e6 is also a possibility) and has a good game.