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  1. 03 Oct '07 21:37 / 1 edit
    Here is a sorted list of common opening systems, from which you can make your four choices.

    * Playing White with 1. e4
    o Playing aggressively as White with 1. e4
    + After 1...e5: Danish Gambit, Giuoco Piano with d2-d4/Max Lange, King's Gambit, Vienna Gambit, Bishop's Opening (Urusoff Gambit), Ruy Lopez with an early d4
    + Against semi-open defences: early d2-d4, advance variations, transposition to Blackmar-Diemer Gambit or other Gambits (e.g. Morra).

    o Playing solidly as White with 1. e4
    + After 1...e5: Centre Game, Bishop's Opening/Giuoco Piano with d2-d3, Ruy Lopez with d2-d4 late or never, Vienna Game,
    + Against semi-open defences: advance variations, King's Indian Attack.

    * Playing White with 1. d4
    o Playing aggressively as White with 1. d4
    + After 1...d5: Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Queen's Gambit with Queen's-side castling,
    + Against Indian defences: King's-side Pawn storms e.g. Samisch vs. King's Indian.

    o Playing solidly as White with 1. d4
    + After 1...d5: Queen's Gambit Declined with O-O, Queen's Pawn games without c2-c4.
    + Against Indian defences: Queen's-side Pawn storms e.g. Classical King's Indian.

    * Playing White with the Reti/English
    o Playing (relatively) aggressively as White with the Reti/English
    + King's Indian Attack, Botvinnik system of English.
    o Playing solidly as White with the Reti/English
    + Queen's-side Pawn storms, systems with b2-b3.


    * Playing Black
    o Playing Black against 1. e4
    + Playing aggressively as Black against 1. e4
    # Sicilian, Alekhine's, Pirc/Modern
    + Playing solidly as Black against 1. e4
    # Petroff or other lines with 1...e5, French, Caro-Kann, Modern with ...c6

    * Playing Black against 1. d4
    o Playing aggressively as Black against 1. d4
    + Tarrasch Defence, Budapest Gambit, Benko/Benoni, King's Indian, Grunfeld

    o Playing solidly as Black against 1. d4
    + Slav Defence, Queen's Gambit Declined e.g. Tartakower, Nimzo/Queen's Indian

    * Playing Black against the Reti/English
    o Playing aggressively as Black against the Reti/English
    + Reversed Sicilian, Dutch systems, King's Indian
    o Playing solidly as Black against the Reti/English
    + Slav, London System

    I want to know if the two bolded items above are the same thing?


    The full article is here: http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/Openings/4choices.html
  2. 04 Oct '07 01:26
    Yes,slav is just short for slav defense.
    I've never seen black play london system though
  3. Standard member Kepler
    Demon Duck
    04 Oct '07 08:40
    Originally posted by ouwe belg
    Yes,slav is just short for slav defense.
    I've never seen black play london system though
    I think magnublm is actually thinking of the New York system which is black's most solid formation against the Reti.
  4. 04 Oct '07 13:15
    Originally posted by Kepler
    I think magnublm is actually thinking of the New York system which is black's most solid formation against the Reti.
    That's a new one to me.What is the new york system?
  5. 04 Oct '07 13:36
    Originally posted by ouwe belg
    That's a new one to me.What is the new york system?
    Bf5 ... c6 ... e6 ... d5
  6. 04 Oct '07 14:33
    Originally posted by Mephisto2
    Bf5 ... c6 ... e6 ... d5
    A reversed London then.Okay,thanks
  7. 04 Oct '07 17:20
    Originally posted by Kepler
    I think magnublm is actually thinking of the New York system which is black's most solid formation against the Reti.
    Yes, thank you.