Tuesday, July 17, 2007

 

Simple Opening Repertoire for White : e4d4

At some point a new player will want or need to learn some openings. My earlier post with Simple Chess Opening Guidelines is a starting point. But what about the specifics? The guidelines are great but should I play 1. d4 or 1. e4 or 1. c4 or 1. Nf3 as my first move? Those are all fine moves and the guidelines do not restrict me from playing either.

For new players I want to direct them to simple openings with simple ideas. I also want to lead towards open attacking positions as White to help develop tactical awareness and skill. Hence, this simple Opening Repertoire for White that I call "e4d4":

1. e4
if black plays 1. ...d5 then 2. e4xd5
if black plays 1. ...f5 then 2. e4xf5
if black plays 1. ...Nf6 then 2. e5 followed by d4
against everything else:
2. d4

This is consistent with the Simple Opening Guidelines and is an easy system to "learn." Play 1. e4 and then play d4 right away unless your pawn at e4 is attacked. This is also deliberately side-stepping the main lines of double king pawn openings and the main lines of the Sicilian on purpose to force "booked-up" opponents out of their books.

How do you continue from there? Well, just apply the Simple Opening Guidelines or, when the time is right, learn an opening line or two just a few moves deep and build from there.

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