Best chess openings?

Discussion in 'general sports' started by frogwoman, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    I know it's not technically a sport but i don't really know where else to put this. :D

    I've recently started playing the queen's gambit haha, however a game in the chess club last wed demonstrated that i didn't really know much about it at all :D

    As black I usually play the sicilian defence, on a psychological level it makes me look like a "good" chess player to a less experienced opponent, and I also find that I tend to have better games with it than when I just play e5. I don't really know how to reply to it though :rolleyes:

    so what about anyone else here? what do you think is the best (or worst)?
     
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  2. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Porn to King Four.
     
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  3. 100% masahiko

    100% masahiko i is a professor and is magical like totoro

    I always go to the Queens Indian Defence.
    It's shit and I'm one dimensional.
     
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  4. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    what you mean d4 nf6? i usually do that if someone play's D4.
     
  5. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    w
    hat do you do if you're white? oh and do you fancy a game? :D
     
  6. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I never know the names of the openings. I wish I did! Queen's Indian Defence sounds really cool. :cool:
     
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  7. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I have a few stocked away in the old noggin. The king's gambit is my favourite.
     
  8. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Its difficult to talk about chess on the internet because chess notation is so dry.

    df, nf6 is boring.

    Chess is exciting when you play it.

    Is there any nifty new software which enables non-chess experts to visualise chess situations in a very graphic way. (?)
     
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  9. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Gambit is the name for a kind of strategy I believe. Giving up piece for position.
     
  10. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    Is that when you move the f-pawn? that scares me :D
     
  11. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    That f-pawn thing is psychological intimidation. A lot of chess tactics at amateur level are connected with what drugs to feed your opponent and how to put him or her off him or her's game.
     
  12. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    What I mean is that the f-pawn move is a rubbish opening (but not totally rubbish) that indicates disrespect towards the openent. As if to say: "I am considerably better at chess than you and even if I do this I can win". Don't panic when you see this type of intimidation used.
     
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  13. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    Yeah. The thing is with the f-pawn it always scares me because it was basically drummed into me that moving that pawn especially can lead to a very quick checkmate :D
     
  14. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Fool's mate or Scholar's mate ?
     
  15. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

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  16. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    fools mate lol - although you have to be a real div to lose by that :D
     
  17. 100% masahiko

    100% masahiko i is a professor and is magical like totoro

    I haven't played for years mind!
    Yeah I have a game. What online thingy do you know?
     
  18. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

  19. N_igma

    N_igma Epistemic nuisance

    Sicillian baby. It's the most dynamic. I play Queen's Gambit or Nimzovich against D4. Odd time I do the English Opening.
     
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  20. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    so 1.c4? (i think)

    i like the queens gambit mostly for the surprise factor...
     
  21. Meltingpot

    Meltingpot On hiatus

    There isn't really a "best one" froggy; if there was, all masters and above would be playing it.

    I don't claim to be an especially good chess player, but I like a "closed: game better than a very open one (it strings the game out longer before I finally lose :) ), so I tend to go for P-K3 and P-Q3 rather than K4 and Q4 and then get the knights out.
     
  22. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
     
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  23. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    e4! everything else is for wimps.

    as black against e4, the sicilian! you don't understand it, they don't understand it, nobody understands it!
     
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  24. Jazzz

    Jazzz the truth don't care Banned

  25. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Ha! Yep. The way for white to reply to it is to attack the centre, I think. Black has to be careful not to get in a tangle. But yeah, sicilian is basically a refusal to engage directly, so it leaves everything up in the air still. It's basically a way to start a defence rather than an attack, I think.

    At the moment, I like queen's openings at the start with white. Queen's gambit opens up your queen's side and gives you space to play with, but it can be tricky when black refuses to accept the gambit. I've found myself on the defensive quite quickly after opening with queen's pawn. I quite like being on the defensive, though. I prefer being black usually. Sometimes as white I feel the need to attack too early - it's a bit like having home advantage in a football match: an advantage that can work against you if you're careless or over attacking. I like my opponent to come out and try to attack me.
     
  26. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    the psychological impact of playing with the Sicilian is not to be underestimated I think. the Sicilian basically says, "I am a Good chess player and know what I'm doing, and likely to thrash you, I have a knowledge of chess openings HA!" even when the player actually doesnt have a scooby. :Dthing is e4 attacks from the very first move, whereas c5 starts a separate attack.

    How do you reply to the queen's pawn as white LBJ? I've started doing d4 nf6 as black and either e4 or c4 depending on what moves black plays as white.
     
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  27. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Opening is probably the weakest part of my game, tbh. As white I try not to exchange pawns early on, and not to just allow black to mirror my moves as that seems to lose you the initiative. But it all depends, and it's boring doing the same thing each time! Make sure you have everything covered, develop pieces, but try to take control of the centre too - and these two can't always both be done: you may sacrifice your opponent getting ahead on development to control the centre.

    And patience. I lost a game recently because I decided I'd try to play a much more attacking game from the start than I normally do. I've had it done to me, but it's not my style really, and I ended up with a weak pawn structure. My opponent just patiently ignored my silliness and reaped the rewards later on. Very stupid and annoying to have done that, but I won't do it again. I'll find some new ways to stuff it up. ;)
     
  28. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    this is the thing, i often win in the opening and then make some stupid move and fuck it all up. then again, if i do something such as lose my queen in the opening, on the occasions i dont panic and hit the resign button, i often end up winning.
     
  29. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Ah yes, people do resign too soon sometimes. I know the feeling of disgust about making a stupid error that loses you a piece, but it's almost rude to resign too quickly.

    Mind you, sometimes it's rude not to resign too.
     
  30. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    well that's the thing, i get annoyed if people resign too quickly because i was lookign forward to beating them, but by the time they're rattling around with just a king and one pawn and iv'e got about five extra pieces its like ffs just resign you idiot :D
     

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