View Poll Results: What is your favourite opening?

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  • Sicilian

    25 27.78%
  • Italian

    3 3.33%
  • Spanish

    16 17.78%
  • Ponziani

    1 1.11%
  • Queens Gambit

    9 10.00%
  • Scandinavian

    6 6.67%
  • Austrian

    2 2.22%
  • French

    12 13.33%
  • Kings Indian

    9 10.00%
  • Caro-Kann

    7 7.78%
  • Kings Gambit

    12 13.33%
  • English

    7 7.78%
  • Queens Fiancetto

    3 3.33%
  • Kings Fiancetto

    1 1.11%
  • Birds

    2 2.22%
  • Elephant

    0 0%
  • Latvian

    0 0%
  • Russian Defence

    0 0%
  • Colle System

    3 3.33%
  • Other

    28 31.11%
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  1. #1
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    What is your favourite opening?

    What is your favourite opening?

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    See .sig. Rather obvious really but I do average about 79% with this defence (I invariably respond ...e6 to 1.e4 and don't care who knows it) compared with 72% for all other games, including the White ones. My favourite line is the Closed Tarrasch (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6) with which I've scored 91%.

    I also like the Rossolimo Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) and have scored 82% with that.

    I started playing the English a few years ago now and then and have so far played it sixteen times without losing (+10=6). I wouldn't however say that I like all lines of the English for White, but I'm not letting on which ones annoy me.

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    My favorite opening (which i have recently "shelved") is the Blackmar-Diemar Gambit. I still play this in skittles games but don't play it in tourney anymore..... I am trying to get a bit more of a positional game rather than an out and out attacking game.....

    One of my old faithful openings which i still bring out of the closet is the Colle System. I also generally use the semislav against White which can be a similar position only reversed.....

    Recently ive been playing Queens Gambit as white.

    I occasionally play the Scandinavian (portugese variation). But i play this less than what i used to as well.

    I occasionally play the french. Hey KB i had a great game as black in the closed tarrasch. Should have drawn it but blundered.... played too quick and picked up my rook instead of my king....

    Recently ive been playing the __________ Defense as black......
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    Quote Originally Posted by the chess nut
    My favorite opening (which i have recently "shelved") is the Blackmar-Diemar Gambit.
    I meant to post something predicting that someone would say that. Here for all you BDG addicts is a spray against your favourite opening that I came across recently:

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Collins, Understanding The Chess Openings
    Iíve seen more promising players lured into incompetence by this opening than I care to remember. The basic pattern is this - player learns BDG, tries to get it in every game, thus limiting his chess experience (and, since the opening isnít good, he loses too many games, meaning that his rating stays low and he canít get games against better players). Nobody who plays good chess plays this line, and nobody who plays good chess ever will.
    That's probably overstating it just a tad, but I'll admit I'm also a BDG-sceptic ... though since I can just play 2...e6 and get a position I score very highly from plus annoy the BDG player considerably, I don't see any need to attempt to refute it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I meant to post something predicting that someone would say that. Here for all you BDG addicts is a spray against your favourite opening that I came across recently:



    That's probably overstating it just a tad, but I'll admit I'm also a BDG-sceptic ... though since I can just play 2...e6 and get a position I score very highly from plus annoy the BDG player considerably, I don't see any need to attempt to refute it properly.
    well to tell the truth i actually prefer it when i can go into tha alapin. i like it more than BDG!
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    I've actually never faced that in a tournament game, but those intending to play it against me should be warned that I have prepared to face it!

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    euwe defence

    1.d4 d5
    2.e4 e4
    3. nc3 nf6
    4. f3 f3
    5. nf3 e6

    This is the Euwe defence to the BDG: generally regarded by theory as black's sounded course//.

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    The "Barrow Double Piece Sacrifice" in the Keres Gambit against the Sicilian... ;-)

    For some reason, no one (apart from Fritz) has ever played it against me!

    I also like a variation of the four pawns attack against the Alekhine defence, which I managed to spring on both my targetted opponent (in a Bendigo Club Championship) and an unwitting victim who uses earplugs... The attack just rolled over that man! ;-) :-D
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    The najdorf varation of the sicilian, in particular the posioned pawn varation.

    And the arkangel varation of the Spanish.

    On another note openings i hate to play against are: 1. The london, 2. The colle, 3. The stonewall attack, 4. And the reti.


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    i can help

    Against the Reti just play the new York defence: put pawns at d5, c6 and e6 while putting the bishop at f5 outside the pawn chain.

    against the london system look for an early ...c5.

    Colle system doesn't have any instant answer that comes to mind.

    What is the stonewall attack? Stonewall Dutch as white?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qpawn
    What is the stonewall attack? Stonewall Dutch as white?
    It's similar to the Colle System except you play f4 before Nf3 and set up a 'stone wall' of c3,d4,e3,f4.
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    White - English, Bird's, Reti and 1 Nf3, Scotch, Catalan (via English)

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    I have always played, in my 8 year career (if you can call it that ) the Spanish Exchange with 5 d4. At my club level over here in Britain (BCF 108, ELO approx 1800) nobody knows to keep the two bishops; I can regularly dismantle Junior at 2300 level with this opening as well. For Black, I also get superb results with the Petroff, to which a majority erroneously respond 3 Nc3?. I also play the QGA, though not too hot on it.

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    I actually dont mind 1.h4

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