What is your favourite chess opening?
Mine's definitely Evan's Gambit. IF I can get a game with it I'm going to play it. Always leads to a fun, spicy game with enough tactical mess to make for a great blitz game. For any classical game though I'd probably just stick with open Italian systems but castling queenside and throwing pawns if they dare castle first.
How about you guys?
I like to move one of the front guys two spaces forward.
Oh, i don't know, I usually move another one of those forward - either one or two spaces.
You sound like a professional. Do you mind if I write these down?
If you credit me accordingly, of course! I'll sue you for licensing fees later.
I just play very casually but I have had a strategy when I was little to move the two paqns in front of the rook and knight first. People would be confused.
I had no idea why I did that but it did work out for me quite a lot. I think I did that because I hated the boring old opening of moving the pawns of the centre and wanted novelty.
Probably not the answer you were looking for OP but eh.
I like hearing stories like this as a fellow "very casual" player. I recall many games with my father with an amused befuddlement at most of my plays, and made for many more novel memories than later when we got more serious.
Keep having fun :)
I go for a queen's gambit then I'm really bad at memorizing openings so I just do what seems right that day.
I'm not very good.
That's probably true but it's also comfortable now and if I were to actively try and improve I'd rather learn it than switch in order to keep playing intuitively, I think.
The issue with chess is that it's so played out and so many of the lines lead to endgames. The King's Indian is fascinating, though. Who wins first, White's queenside attack or Black's kingside attack?
Ruy Lopez ftw, it results in a very solid position for both sides.
I used to always go for a Scotch Gambit, with 2 Knights lines if black stays in book long enough - but at my level there's usually a lot of early deviations. Recently I've been a little bit disappointed with the types of games I've been getting, though, so I've decided to move on to the Max Lange.
On the surface my repertiore seems full of quite aggressive options, but that wasn't my reason for choosing them. In general, I don't get much time to actually study chess (I'm lucky enough if I can play), so the idea is to head for slightly less common lines where my lack of study is less likely to end up biting me and I can generally keep a game going by playing actively.
I really like the [Reti / Hungarian] and the Modern.
I like the Dutch defense against queen pawn openings 1. d4 f5 . It's quite rare which makes is good at catching your opponent off guard, but not because its an unsound/tricky opening. It's a bit like a reverse Sicilian defense, and plays is itself usually. The main bit is getting your knight to f6, pawn to g3 and bishop to g2. After that lines diverge but I often like to go for a kingside attack, while trying to block white access to that side with your pawn chain.
elephants gambit. usually sets up for an exciting midgame