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white_disc 74 ( +1 | -1 )
Opening Repertoire Help Needed I am trying to build up my own opening repertoire, and I need some advice.

I particularly like the K-I-D/Modern, the Ruy Lopez, and the Old Benoni.

I was thinking of teaming up the Pirc with the K-I-D/Modern, the Ruy Lopez with the Evans Variation of the G-piano.

Is that feasible ?

I looked at some online notes, they usually classify according to this:

White:
Main line -->
Against French -->
Against Sicilian -->
Against Caro-Kann -->
Against Pirc -->

Black:
Against KP (e4) -->
Against QP (d4) -->
Against Hypermodern -->

Is there a fixed format to follow, like the above format ?

Please kindly enlighten. All help deeply appreciated :)

Thanks a lot :)


Best regards,
white_disc
philaretus 40 ( +1 | -1 )
. One of the best ways of acquiring positional sense is to play the French Defence against 1.e4. Against other openings I also play 1...e6. This sometimes also leads to the French Defence, sometimes to other openings. For instance, 1.d4 e6 2.e4 (French Defence), or 1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 (Queen's Gambit). This simplifies one's game as Black a great deal.

As for playing as White, I've given up in despair, so it no longer concerns me. :/
verticalchess 55 ( +1 | -1 )
I have focused on just playing 3 openings and 3 main defenses so that I can learn the main lines and variations. I have knowledge of many others but I want to have a more condensed opening/defensive repertoire.

As White:

(d4) Colle System/Stonewall Formation
(c4) English Opening
(e4) Roy Lopez / Closed Sicilian - (if black responds with c5)

As Black:

Against e4 - Sicilian Defense
Against d4 - King's Indian/Pirc Defense/Dutch
Against all others I will usually transpose based on what other opening knowledge I have.


drgandalf 29 ( +1 | -1 )
white_disc verticalchess is about 400 points higher than you. So, you should take his/her advise very seriously. I am only slightly higher than you. So, my advise would generally not be as profitable. Stick with the advice of those about 400 points higher.

Best in your chess studies.
anaxagoras 125 ( +1 | -1 )
mco-14 has the following classifications:

double king pawn openings
semi-open games (asymetrical developments e.g. caro-kann, tarrasch, sicilian etc.)
double queen pawn openings
indian openings
flank openings i.e. english, among others

The author reccomends that benoni-type lines should be avoided if you're learning some of your first black defenses. Supposedly, it requires expertise to handle because of the center advantage given to white. Check out: board #842199&r=231" target="_blank">gameknot.com/chess.pl?board #842199&r=231

Your other choices sound just fine, though the task of learning the enormously diverse and complicated ruy lopez and sicilian openings is a large one. My modestly amateur repretoire is:

As White

1.d4 qgd, catalan (to avoid the queen's indian and nimzo-indian) slav, and i also fianchetto against the king's indian (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3...), trying to learn the gruenfeld.

and if I feel like it (sometimes) 1. Nf3 or 1. c4

As Black

caro kann against 1.e4
Nimzo Indian or blumenfeld gambit vs 1.d4

and other than that I'm a hack. ;-)

verticalchess 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Does anyone know.. of a book that has all of the known openings - somewhat of an encyclopedia of chess opening repertoires. I'm looking for a large book that goes into lengthy detail and shows variations for all of the openings to date.
anaxagoras 22 ( +1 | -1 )
MCO-14 stands for "Modern Chess Openings" by Nick de Firmian. It is an encyclopedia: it will convince you that in the realm of chess opennings will always encounter unknown possibilities and actually have to think out what to do! ;-)
nimzoredivivus 98 ( +1 | -1 )
I have a core of but two openings: Nimzowitsch Attack as
white and Owen's/English Defense as Black. Both
are hypermodern based on the Queen Fianchetto
and have similar strategic ideas.

Pick a white opening you like to play. Is it closed or
open in nature? And do the same with a black
opening you like to play. If you like closed openings,
then look at variations that are closed to play. For
example, if you like the closed Ruy Lopez then you
will want to pick variations that lead to closed
positions against the French, Caro-Kann, etc.

I like reciprocal openings as it minimizes having to
learn many different variations. So if you like the
KID as black, you might want to play the King's
Indian Attack as white and the Pirc/Modern against
1. e4.

Check out
www.ex.ac.uk/~dregis/DR/Openings/openwb.
html for other similar white and black openings.
tulkos 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's something I have found very helpful ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/randybauer/chess_tips2.htm#Chess%20Tips%20Top