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  1. 02 Jan '09 00:57
    whats your favourite opening for white and for black? only pick one for each!

    also post your rating.

    my favourite for white is italian and for black is sicilian!

    my rating is 1400-1500 blitz and 1550-1650 slow
  2. 02 Jan '09 01:09
    Birds for white and Grunfeld for black. rating on here is 1570s, but USCF im 1930s.
  3. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    02 Jan '09 01:14
    Ponziani as white and Accelerated Dragon as Black.

    Rating is around 1750 here, 1450 OTB
  4. 02 Jan '09 02:23 / 1 edit
    White 1.e4 and then slightly off-beat solid variations against all the
    replies that 1.e4 can face.

    As Black sharper tactical stuff that creates an inbalance.
    Pircs/Moderns, Latvians, St.George, Kings Indians/Grunfelds.
    Anything that avoids symetrical pawn formations - these always
    tend to favour White deep into the middle game.

    Here 1801 OTB 2001.
  5. 02 Jan '09 03:23
    My favorite for white is the Evan's Gambit and for black its a toss up between the Benko Gambit and the Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez
  6. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    02 Jan '09 09:25
    Kings Gambit as white, 2 Knights as black.

    Of course if black doesn't play 1. ... e5 when I am white or white play ball when I am black these openings are not an option so a somewhat deeper repetoire is required.

    The easy way to avoid all this theory nonsense is to play 1. g4 as white and 1. ... g5 as black (The Grob or Borg).
  7. 02 Jan '09 09:37
    For white my favorite opening (not the opening that I play the most, but just for the beauty of it) Kings Indian Attack and for black Aljechin.

    My rating here is still provisional (1200), but OTB I used to be around 1900 (before I realized that I would never become anything near a GM level).
  8. 02 Jan '09 09:52
    My favourite white opening is the van Geet (or Dunst for some people) opening.

    My Favourite black openings are Bronstein-Larsen Caro, the old Dutch and French.
  9. 02 Jan '09 10:35
    White: Closed Sicilian - I end up with positions I'm comfortable with 90% of the time.

    Black: Kings Indian - Almost always an exciting game, win or lose!

    My OTB rating is around 2100 if you believe the ECF to FIDE conversion formula. I haven't played on RHP for so long that my rating here doesn't really mean anything.
  10. 02 Jan '09 11:02 / 1 edit
    As white: d4, usually ends up as a Slav, QGD or King's Indian Defense, I'm fine with all of them as white.
    As black: Sicilian (I like the Najdorf) and King's Indian Defense.
  11. Standard member najdorfslayer
    The Ever Living
    02 Jan '09 11:19 / 2 edits
    White: Queen's Gambit Declined & Ruy Lopez

    Black: v 1.d4 Nimzo-Indian or Semi-Slav, v 1.e4 Two Knights, French or Sveshnikov Sicilian.

    However ask me in a couple of weeks and I will have changed my mind!

    I used to love the Scheveningen Sicilian until I got beat up bad by Intermezzo User 342663 OTB in our local Indidividual Championship.

    Rating on here about 1950-2000 OTB about 1900
  12. Standard member Alzheimer
    A brain like a sieve
    02 Jan '09 11:42 / 1 edit
    White: Kings-indian 4 pawn attack

    Black: Tchigorin or Philidor

    Last Elo from about 10 years ago 2350

    Rating here 1577 but still unbeaten!!! :-)
  13. 02 Jan '09 11:49
    Originally posted by Alzheimer
    White: Kings-indian 4 pawn attack

    Black: Tchigorin or Philidor

    Last Elo from about 10 years ago 2350

    Rating here 1577 but still unbeaten!!! :-)
    FM ?
  14. Standard member Alzheimer
    A brain like a sieve
    02 Jan '09 11:56
    Originally posted by vipiu
    FM ?
    Applying for a FM-title isn't worth it.
    I wasn't a FM and certainly not good enough for being an IM!!
    But I am quite successful in Correspondence Chess.
  15. 02 Jan '09 12:05
    Originally posted by Alzheimer
    Applying for a FM-title isn't worth it.
    I wasn't a FM and certainly not good enough for being an IM!!
    But I am quite successful in Correspondence Chess.
    why not worth?
    For me it is a big goal...