Mark Knerr

Mark Knerr 2 years ago

Too much time on openings

 I confess - I spend too much time looking at openings. I study one opening - play it at the club and when I lose I switch to something else, and then another,and another,  and after a long time I still haven't picked a repertoire.

Is there a simple, bare-bones repertoire for a club player where I can sit at the board with some confidence, some preparation  - not even an advantage - and just play chess?

I'm in the chess opening rabbit hole and need a commitment to something that isn't overwhelming.

Thanks for any input.

Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 2 years ago


There is this site, where a group of very strong GMs got together and talked about what openings would be best for non gm players to learn that was both solid and aggressive. Where these non GM players could watch videos about the most current theory to help these players come out of the opening with confidence, and in good positions. These strong GMs also stream live events to show these non GM players how these openings work in practice and not just theory. These same GMs ALSO make them selves available to answer any questions these non GM players may have!

Now... If I could just remember the name of that site...

Kevin H

Kevin H 2 years ago

Chessmood Openings

Kevin D

Kevin D 2 years ago

You could pair the Old Indian against 1.d4 with The improved Philidor Hanham against 1.e4. Neither of these are particularly theory heavy and reward knowledge of the typical plans and piece placement more so than the latest novelty. GM Jorg Hickl is good role model to study, there is also a Russian GM whose name eludes me right  now, that has great success with the Philidor. I Will check my files and post the name when I get home from work.


ARNAV maheshwari

ARNAV maheshwari 2 years ago

hi  spending to much time on opening is bad until your are 2000 you just work on other parts

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 years ago


Máté Jánosik

Máté Jánosik 2 years ago

You need to pick up your opening repertoire and stick with it (unless your results are really bad), understand your and your opponents plans. If your opponent surprises you with a move, just follow the main opening principles: 

  • Developing your pieces
  • Castle
  • Connect your rooks and bring them to central files (or files which are open or going to open)
  • Fight for the center
Nykaj AK

Nykaj AK 2 years ago

You could play the KIA (King's Indian attack) as White against most openings (especially against French-type positions). You could also consider playing the exchange QGD, the Colle or the London. The English opening is another good choice, but has more theory. I would suggest sticking with 1.d4/1.Nf3/1.c4 if you want a positional game with comparatively less theory or playing 1.b3 for surprise value.

However, if you want to choose something less theoretical as Black, the Stonewall Dutch or the Modern are great options, although I cannot vouch for the soundness of the latter in all variations. You could also play the QGD, but this will increase the amount of theory you have to learn (because of a possible Catalan).

Summing up, I would say the English opening and the Stonewall Dutch serves your purpose. Both are openings that aren't too theoretical, but require good positional and sometimes tactical understanding from both players.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 years ago

Hey Man! 
One of our members noted very well: You don't need to spend too much time on openings before you get 2000! 
But also you should have right openings with you! Right openings which will help you accelerate your growth! 

It's cool, that you are asking these questions in a website, where with our Grandmaster we created step-by-step openings :) 
Check it out :)